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Big Ten bowls: We predict all seven games

Northwestern's Kain Colter

Which Big Ten Team Needs Bowl Win Most?

Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same this bowl season. Heading into the games, BTN.com fans are atop the season standings, two games ahead of Dienhart. See our bowl predictions and choose your winners in this post.

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Season in review: Iowa football

Mark Weisman

Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year

This is a young Iowa team, so few expected a legit contender. But no one envisioned the Hawkeyes floundering. The offense was the root cause, ranking No. 11 in the Big Ten overall (310.4 ypg) and 11th in scoring (19.3 ppg). QB James Vandenberg took a big step back from a productive junior season, dropping from 25 touchdown passes to seven.

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Q&A: Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas

Ohio State Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas

Deshaun Thomas "Two-Handed Chin-Up"

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

If Ohio State is going to return to the Final Four, Deshaun Thomas knows he must carry a big load. And he embraces that responsibility playing in a loaded Big Ten that most feel is the best conference in America.

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Season in review: Illinois football

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Tim Beckman’s debut was one to forget, as the Fighting Illini struggled on both sides of the ball. Spotty play along the offensive line hindered an offense that was last in the Big Ten in scoring (16.7 ppg); No. 11 in rushing (127.8 ypg); No. 10 in passing (168.8 ypg).

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Season in review: Penn State football

Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Gerald Hodges

The Journey 2012: Penn State's Michael Mauti

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The challenges were many for a program rocked by scandal and probation that saw some top players transfer before the season began. But Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lions never flinched—not even after an 0-2 with losses to Ohio and at Virginia.

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Season in review: Ohio State football

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Joel Hale (51) celebrates with teammate Braxton Miller (5) after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 26-21 to go undefeated on the season at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller 67-Yard TD Run

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

I’m rolling out some quick football season reviews during the lull between the end of football’s regular season and the bowl games, and I’m starting with Ohio State. In Urban Meyer’s much-anticipated debut, Ohio State went 12-0 and ranked No. 3 in the AP poll as one of just two FBS unbeatens. It was the sixth unbeaten and untied season in school annals. But, because of NCAA probation, the Buckeyes weren’t eligible to play in the Big Ten title game or a bowl.

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Daily links: A look at Thursday's Big Ten headlines

Ever wonder why John Beilein left West Virginia for Michigan? Well, it’s all right here in this story by Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.Baumgardner also tells you why Beilein is not leaving Michigan. “I love rebuilding programs, (I wanted to) do one more,” Beilein said. “And the University of Michigan ended up being that choice.” It’s one of my many links today.

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Today's links: On football, hoops & expansion

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

No better way to get caught up with your daily Big Ten news fix than by surfing my daily links. And there’s no better way to start than by you checking out The Roundup with Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-News. Not familiar with it? It’s a chat where Lee hits all the hot topics. And you’re gonna want his opinion. The guy is good. Really good.

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Dienhart: Best of the Big Ten Bowls

Capital One Bowl

Montee Ball - Post Championship Game Interview

There are seven Big Ten teams in bowl games. And there would be two more, if not for Ohio State and Penn State being on probation. What’s the best quarterback duel? Wheres’ the best chance for an upset? Which game is the best candidate for a good, old shootout?

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Dienhart: Big Ten coaching news roundup

Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

All eyes are on Wisconsin as it continues to search for a replacement for Bret Bielema. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said last week he’d prefer to hire someone with head coaching experience, but some in the  industry have suggested that might be because he doesn’t have the time and/or energy to devote to grooming a young coach like he did with Bielema. Just something to consider.

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7 Big Ten names make AP All-American

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The Big Ten had seven players make the AP All-American squads. Hard to not agree with these selections, as I don’t think there were any notable omissions.

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Tuesday's links: Here comes Lewan vs. Clowney

Michigan's Taylor Lewan

Big Ten Expansion: How to Shape Divisions

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

It’s getting cold outside across the Big Ten, but you’ll find plenty to warm you up in my daily links, beginning with one of the hottest individual matchups in the bowl season pitting Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. This is Coke vs. Pepsi, Balboa vs. Lang, Coyote vs. Roadrunner big. I can’t wait.

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Super Seven: Ranking Big Ten's best starts

Tracy Abrams

Thompson Dunks Again on Long Beach State

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a new season. So, it’s time for a new feature. Welcome to the “Super Seven.” Each week, I will look at different aspect of Big Ten basketball—and rank it from 1-7. The seven best coaches, seven best arenas, seven best shooters, etc. To kick things off, I’m looking at the seven most impressive starts to the season.

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Dienhart: No surprise Hankins will enter NFL draft

Johnathan Hankins

Russ Lande's Big Board (11/13/2012)

It was no surprise to see Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announce he’s bypassing his senior season to turn pro. He’s a likely first-round draft choice, and he spent most of the season atop BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s Big Board.

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Dienhart: Purdue could use win over No. 24 Notre Dame

Purdue at Clemson

Oladipo Steals Then Dunks

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

The hoop season continues to gain speed and momentum, as a bit more clarity is apparent with each passing week. Still, there are many unknowns. And that will remain so, as this is a slow week of action with many schools in finals week. Here’s a look at the week ahead, with the best games coming on Saturday.

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Monday's links: Expansion buzz & hot hoops starts

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Time to mix some hoops and basketball in my daily links. But this item on expansion caught my eye. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said that recent Big Ten expansion that added Rutgers and Maryland was done to keep Penn State happy.

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Big Ten Links: Well, that was an interesting week

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Darrell Hazell One-on-One Interview

What a week in the Big Ten! Purdue hires a coach. Wisconsin sees a coach bolt. The Silver Football is handed out. At least the Big Ten didn’t expand this week. But that didn’t stop the discussion about future growth.

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Dienhart: It's Alvarez for now, but who's next?

Barry Alvarez

UW QB Curt Phillips Reacts to Alvarez Coaching Decision

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl is something to celebrate for Wisconsin. But the euphoria is muted a bit by the unknown of who will be the next Badger head coach with Bret Bielema off to coach Arkansas after seven seasons and a 68-24 record.

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