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Friday's links: Gearing up for the B1G game

Curt Phillips

Big Ten Blast: Nov. 30th Morning Edition

News of the Big Ten title game percolates, with kickoff set for 8:17 pm ET on Saturday in Indianapolis. One of the interesting stories is Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips, a fifth-year senior who will be making just his fourth career start. Read about that—and other conference grid news—in my daily links.

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Debate it: Who plays for Big Ten title ... in 2013?

Stagg Trophy

What If Ohio State Wins AP Title?

Nebraska and Wisconsin are set to meet in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday night in Indianapolis, and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina are there to cover it. Given they’ve been debating topics here all season long, the two of them thought it would be fun to look ahead to the 2013 Big Ten title game. So, who will represent the Legends and Leaders a year from now?

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Dienhart: Scouting reports on Huskers, Badgers

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

The Big Ten title game is almost upon us, and who better to break down Nebraska and Wisconsin than coordinators from other Big Ten schools? I dialed up six Big Ten coordinators from both sides of the ball and talked off the record with the guys who watched film, prepared game plans and stared down each team on a Saturday this fall. I asked them for their frank, candid and unvarnished analysis of each team.

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Big Ten Links: Addressing issues for next year

Brady Hoke

Big Ten Blast: Nov. 29th Afternoon Update

The good news for Michigan? The Wolverines are going to their second bowl in a row. The bad news? It’s not a BCS bowl. And a big reason why is because of uneven offensive line and tailback play. Oh, and Brady Hoke says there will be no quick fixes to either area. Read about that and other football news in my daily links.

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Mix & Matchup: Badgers vs. Huskers

Sep 29, 2012; Lincoln, NE, USA; Wisconsin Badgers defender Mike Taylor (53) tackles Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead (22) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Wisconsin at Nebraska - Football Highlights

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Act Two of the Big Ten title game is almost upon us, but it will be difficult to top last year’s 42-39 sprint that Wisconsin won over Michigan State. Still, Wisconsin and Nebraska will try. Like last year’s Badgers-Spartans game, this year’s Badgers-Huskers game is a rematch of a scintillating regular-season meeting.

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Today's links: Title prep & coaching updates

Bill O'Brien

Big Ten Blast: Nov. 28th Afternoon Update

Illinois A.D. Mike Thomas had heard enough speculation about the future of Tim Beckman. So, Thomas squashed it by saying Beckman will be back for a second season. Read about that and other Big Ten grid news in my daily links.

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Big Ten links: All-Big Ten snubs & BCS bowls

Ryan Shazier

Big Ten Blast: Nov. 27th Afternoon Update

While watching the announcement of the All-Big Ten teams last night, you may have noticed that just three Buckeyes were named to the coaches first-team. And none of them was quarterback Braxton Miller. Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez got that honor at signal-caller. But Miller was picked as the league’s quarterback of the year. Do you follow?

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Dienhart: My latest Big Ten bowl projections

November 23, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Braylon Heard (5) runs the football against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium.

Burkhead Rushes for a Touchdown

Reese Strickland-US PRESSWIRE

The regular season is over. All that’s left is the Big Ten title game, which could alter the Big Ten bowl projections at the top of the pecking order.

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Monday's links: Picking up the pieces

November 23, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA;  Iowa Hawkeye tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (45) stiff arms Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Alonzo Whaley at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Nov. 26th Afternoon Update

Suffice it to say, 2012 wasn’t a banner year for Iowa. The 4-8 Hawkeyes are coming off the program’s worst season since 2000 and are riding a six-game losing skein. There will be no bowl for the first time since 2007. So, Iowa now points to winter conditioning and prep work for 2013. What’s next? Read about that and other juicy items in my daily links.

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Final power rankings: Ohio State finishes No. 1

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer reacts on the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Michigan Wolverines 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Buckeyes Celebrate Tressel's Return

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

This is the final edition of the 2012 Big Ten power rankings. And it’s pretty clear who the two best teams in the Big Ten are: Ohio State and Nebraska. Alas, they can’t meet in the conference title game, as the Buckeyes are on probation. But Ohio State finished 12-0, including a 63-38 win over the Cornhuskers in Columbus earlier this season. So, the Buckeyes must be best, right?

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Tom's top 10: Will Spartans ever make BCS bowl?

Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio prays with Minnesota Golden Gophers players after the game at TCF Bank Stadium. Michigan State won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Bennie Fowler 41 Yard Touchdown

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

So much to talk about in the final regular-season weekend of the year. Has Braxton Miller sewn up Big Ten offensive player of the year honors? How hot is Le’Veon Bell? Has this been the Year of the Backup Quarterback? Check it all out in my weekly Top 10.

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Dienhart: What I learned in Week 13

Wisconsin at Penn State

Le'Veon Bell Carries Tacklers

There is an opportunity to learn each Saturday. And I took advantage of it. Among other things, I learned deciding who will be Big Ten coach of the year may be a difficult thing to figure out. Here’s what else I learned on the final Saturday of the regular season.

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Snap Reactions: Take a bow, Le'Veon; 1K for Zwinak

Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) runs for a first down in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Montee Ball: Rushing to the Endzone

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

As BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart has done throughout the season, he offered his immediate thoughts to Saturday’s season finales. Get Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Penn State’s emotional overtime win over Wisconsin and Michigan State’s victory at Minnesota in this post.

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Golden age dawns for Buckeyes vs. Wolverines

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson (16) passes the ball as Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Etienne Sabino (6) rushes at Michigan Stadium.

Most Intriguing B1G Storylines Entering Final Weekend

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Stop. Lift your head and look around. Take a moment to drink in what we are about to witness. This will be the first meeting between Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Michigan coach Brady Hoke. And it’s the beginning of what I think will be a golden age for this All-American rivalry.

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Week 13 Previews: Plenty at stake this weekend

Oct 20, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini leads his team to the field before the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Most Intriguing B1G Storylines Entering Final Weekend

Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

The final week of the regular season is upon us and there is still a lot is on the line. Nebraska needs a win at Iowa to clinch the Legends Division crown on Friday. On Saturday, Ohio State is trying to punctuate a 12-0 season with a triumph over Michigan. How sweet would that be for Buckeye fans? Of course, the Wolverines would love to trash that Buckeye dream and win the Legends, and they can do just that with a victory over Ohio State and loss by Nebraska.

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Week 13: We predict all six Big Ten games

Andrew Maxwell

Week 12: All of the Touchdowns!

Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) have offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re down to the final week of play, and BTN.com fans are in the lead.

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Today's links: Moves make others wonder

Two days, two new teams. It has been that kind of week for the Big Ten—an historic week, really. Maryland came aboard on Monday … Rutgers took its turn yesterday, swelling the Big Ten ranks to 14 schools. I’m checking my emails every five minutes for the next press conference alert … none yet. Stay tuned. See what the Big Ten’s leading pundits had to say about the monolithic conference’s newest bouncing bundle of joy—Rutgers—in my daily links.

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Week 13 questions: One query for every Big Ten team

Ohio State's Braxton Miller

Week 12: All of the Touchdowns!

This is the last week of the regular season. Rivalry trophies are on the line. (Hello, Old Oaken Bucket, Land of Lincoln Trophy, Heroes Trophy!) Bowl eligibility is up for grabs. A division title still must be decided. Here are the key questions for each team this week.

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