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How did we do? Big Ten bowl predictions revisited

Quentin Williams

Quentin Williams Pick Six

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Every week this season, Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and myself (@BTNBrentYarina) offered our predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We continued it this bowl season, and BTN.com fans and Dienhart each went 7-0, meaning the former claims the 2012 crown.

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Today's links: Let's go bowling!

Happy New Year! It’s Jan. 1, the high holy day for college football. Before kickoff, check out my daily links, which begins with looks at the Big Ten and the five bowls it’s involved with today. And one of the most interesting will be the Outback Bowl clash between Michigan and South Carolina. Here’s a nice breakdown of the game from Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.

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Ranking the games: The best of the rest of opening week

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The start of conference play began on Monday with two key matchups: Michigan State at Minnesota and Indiana and Iowa. But more interesting games loom this week, including Ohio State at Illinois and Iowa at Michigan. Here’s my ranking of the week’s games.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Huge week for Hawkeyes

Nov 27, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard/forward Roy Devyn Marble (4) shoots the ball against Virginia Tech Hokies forward Jarell Eddie (31) during the first half at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

Eagles Dunked On by Eric May

Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

The Big Ten takes the lid off of conference action this week. Now, we really will discover what these teams are made of. The Chicago States, Slippery Rocks, North Floridas, Bryants and Nebraska-Omahas are being replaced with trips to places like Bloomington, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Champaign and Minneapolis.

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Rose Bowl preview: Wisconsin vs. Stanford

If you like tough, physical, smash-mouth football, you’ll love this game. Wisconsin and Stanford are mirrors of each other in many ways. The Badgers are in the Rose Bowl for a third season in a row. The last Big Ten team to pull off that feat was Michigan after the 1976-78 seasons.

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Outback Bowl: Michigan vs. South Carolina

Michigan came close to winning the Legends Division but still is in search of its first league title since 2004. A win here would prime the program for a strong run in 2013, as this is a young roster. Three of the team’s four losses were to the top three teams in the nation: Notre Dame; Alabama; Ohio State. The other was to 10-win Nebraska.

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Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. Georgia

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

This is a battle between the losers of their respective conference title games. It also is a game that will feature one of the better quarterback matchups, with Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez facing off with Georgia’s Aaron Murray. And which Cornhusker defense will show up? The one that allowed 653 yards at UCLA, 63 points at Ohio State and 70 points to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game? Or the one that backstopped a six-game winning streak leading into the league title game?

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Heart of Dallas Bowl: Purdue vs. Oklahoma State

Sandra Dukes-US PRESSWIRE

Purdue will arrive in Dallas without head coach Danny Hope, who was fired after four seasons despite guiding the Boilermakers to a second bowl in succession. This is a chance to punctuate a second consecutive season with a bowl win, which hasn’t happened since winning back-to-back Alamo Bowls in 1997-98. And the Boilermakers arrive with some momentum, having won three in a row.

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Make the Call: Predict the Big Ten Bowl games

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Which Big Ten Team Needs Bowl Win Most?

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Minnesota kicks off the first of seven football bowl games involving Big Ten teams when the Gophers face Texas Tech on Friday night. On Saturday, Michigan State plays TCU. On Sunday leading up to five Big Ten bowls on New Year’s Day, watch our “Bowl Preview Show” at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Michigan State vs. TCU

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Expect a tough, low-scoring defensive effort in this game. Neither team comes in on a roll, having lost four of their last six games. Needless to say, the season hasn’t gone as expected for either team as both opened the season in the Top 25. In fact, the Spartans were picked by some to win the Big Ten coming off consecutive 11-win seasons.

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Meineke Bowl: Minnesota vs. Texas Tech

This is a battle between programs looking to ascend the food chain in their respective conferences. Jerry Kill is in his second season in the Twin Cities, rallying the program to its first bowl since 2009. The extra practices will help hasten the development of this rising team.

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Season in review: Michigan football

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan was the highest-rated Big Ten team in the AP preseason poll at No. 8, but it was undone by youth, injuries and a brutal schedule. The offense struggled much of the season, getting little production from the tailbacks and an inconsistent effort up front in Brady Hoke’s second season in Ann Arbor.

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Dienhart: My Big Ten All-Assistant Coach Team

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Big Ten players have been honored on various all-conference teams. But what about the assistant coaches? Let’s take this time to honor them on a 2012 Big Ten All-Assistant Coach Team.

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Season in review: Wisconsin football

Nebraska vs Wisconsin

Montee Ball Talks Postgame About Record-Setting Day

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Wisconsin isn’t apologizing for being the first five-loss team ever in the Rose Bowl. The Badgers will proudly punch their third ticket in a row to Pasadena, thanks largely to a defense that played well all season.

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Season in review: Michigan State football

Andrew Weber-US Presswire

The truth hurts, but here it comes: This is the most disappointing team in the Big Ten. The Spartans were considered legit Big Ten contenders coming off consecutive 11-win seasons. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi’s unit did its part, yielding 20 or fewer points eight times.

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Dienhart: Let's rank the Big Ten bowls

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Which Big Ten Team Needs Bowl Win Most?

It’s the holiday season. Time is precious. There are many options when it comes to Big Ten bowl games but there are also five of them on Jan. 1 alone. Which ones should you watch? What should you watch for in each? That’s where I come in with my nifty ranking of the Big Ten bowls from 1-7.

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Mailbag: How about no divisions for football?

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen To Be Named New Wisconsin Coach

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It’s the busy holiday season, but that hasn’t stopped your flow of questions! Thanks! There is a lot going on in the Big Ten as we come to the end of 2012, with the bowl season starting, basketball picking up steam, Wisconsin hiring a coach and talk of Big Ten divisional realignment percolating. I look at all of that in my mail bag.

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Penn State's Bill O'Brien wins Maxwell COY honor

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Bill O'Brien "Holy Schnikes"

The Maxwell Club, the oldest football club in America, announced Wednesday that Penn State’s Bill O’Brien has been selected as its Coach of the Year for the 2012 season.

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