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Season Review: No Bielema, no problem for Badgers

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Jansen, Jackson Preview Capital One Bowl

Bret Who? Exactly. By most measures, Gary Andersen’s debut was a rousing success in Madison, as he guided Wisconsin to the precipice of a BCS bowl after Bret Bielema unceremoniously dumped the Badgers for … Arkansas? That’s in the past. The future in Badger Town is bright.

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Tom's Take: Gophers fall in Texas Bowl

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Syracuse vs. Minnesota - Texas Bowl Highlights

Minnesota’s memorable 2013 season came to an unsatisfying close Friday night with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. Leading 17-14 with just over two minutes remaining in the game, Syracuse got a 70-yard punt return from Brisley Estime, which eventually set up the game-winning score for the Orange with just over a minute remaining.

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Season Review: Purdue, Hazell struggle in Year 1

RJ Williamson

Purdue Uses Reverse to Score TD on Opening Kickoff

First-year coach Darrell Hazell surely had no idea about the size and scope of the mess he was inheriting from the ruinous Danny Hope era. Hazell and Co., tried. They really did. But the talent level never has been lower in the history of the program. And, it showed in what was arguably the worst season in school history.

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Season Review: PSU cards another winning season

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2013 Freshman of the Year: Christian Hackenberg

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Bill O’Brien continued to deliver results in his second season in State College, Pa., despite being hampered with severe NCAA sanctions. O’Brien debuted with an 8-4 mark (6-2 Big Ten) in 2012 and followed with a 7-5 record (4-4 Big Ten) this season.

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Dienhart: Rough end to Bullough's college career

Max Bullough

Max Bullough - 2013 Big Ten Title Game Interview

It was shocking to see the news release from Michigan State. It was so pragmatic, so succinct, so short, so to the point and so disappointing. “Max Bullough has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation team rules.”

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Season Review: OSU impresses again under Meyer

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Carlos Hyde's Five Touchdowns Against Illinois

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Urban Meyer has set the bar high in Columbus since arriving prior to 2012, winning his first 24 games. But he didn’t get win No. 25 in succession, as Ohio State lost in the Big Ten championship game which cost OSU a trip to the BCS title game.

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Season Review: Tale of two seasons for Wildcats

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Venric Mark Checks in With #BTNLive

Northwestern experienced one of the most bizarre descents in the nation, watching a 4-0 start melt into a 5-7 record and last-place finish in the Legends Division. The low-light was a numbing seven-game losing skid that followed the 4-0 start. The pain finally ended with a season-ending win at rival Illinois.

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Season Review: It was a weird season in Lincoln

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Nebraska Wins on a Hail Mary

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Weird. No other word better describes this season. The campaign dawned amid great promise, as Nebraska was coming off a Legends Division title. Much of that same talent was back, fueling hopes for the program’s first league title since 1999. Alas, the defense often looked a lot like it did in 2012, getting gashed for big yards/points after the staff made myriad vows to “fix things.”

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Season Review: Tough to top Minnesota's 2013 story

David Cobb

Jerry Kill Speech Following Win over Northwestern

Minnesota was one of the best stories in the nation in 2013, showing resiliency in the face of adversity as the team dealt with health issues to Jerry Kill that forced him to leave the program at one point. The reins were handed to defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys, who thrived as the acting head coach in keeping the team on course with Kill tending to the seizures that are brought on by his epilepsy.

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Before they were stars: #BTNLive's All-Senior Team

Jared Abbrederis

Jared Abbrederis Acrobatic Catch

On Thursday’s #BTNLive, at 6 p.m. ET, it will be all about the seniors. The show will release its 2013 All-Senior Team, which is littered with big-time talent all over the field, and include interviews with select senior stars. See the show’s complete team in this post.

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Season Review: Spartans roll to Rose Bowl

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Someone Get Mark Dantonio a Hat

No one needed to remind Mark Dantonio of the pain of 2012, when Michigan State finished 7-6 and lost five games by a combined 13 points coming off consecutive 11-win seasons. The Spartans embarked on a redemption tour of sorts in 2013, marching through an 8-0 Big Ten season that saw them win every game by double-figures.

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Season Review: Iowa bounces back in 2013

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Jake Rudock Talks with #BTNLive

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This was a season of redemption for Iowa and coach Kirk Ferentz. Coming off a 4-8 record in 2012 that featured a moribund offense and no bowl for the first time since 2007, some fans were restless. Had Ferentz lost his touch? Would the Hawkeyes miss a bowl for a second season in a row for the first time since a three-season dry spell from 1998-2000?

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Friday links: A Top 25 football list for 2014 is out

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Christian Kirksey Joins #BTNLive

Wow. Make that: Double wow. How is that for a Friday? A “double wow.” Pretty cool, huh? The cause of my double-wow: There is a 2014 Top 25 already out. And, here it is. The highest ranked Big Ten team? Do you have to ask—or click on the link? C’mon. But it is kinda cool to see Minnesota at No. 24. But, there are only three Big Ten teams in this way, way, way too early Top 25 from

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Dienhart: Best of the Big Ten Bowls


What does each bowl mean to each team?

So many bowls, so little time. That’s where I come in. Think of me as your bowl concierge. Time is precious. With that said, before you go ahead and make any bowl-watching plans, check out my Best of the Big Ten Bowls list.

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Dienhart: Top 10 B1G men's hoops games of 2013

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Kentucky at Michigan State - Men's Basketball Highlights

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The calendar is flipping to 2014, and that means it’s time to rank the top 10 Big Ten men’s basketball games of 2013. Talk about a difficult list! This is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. Anyway, here’s my list of the 10 best games from the 2013 calendar year.

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Season Review: Indiana falls short of bowl berth

Cody Latimer

Purdue at Indiana - Football Highlights

This looked like it would be the season Indiana finally ended a bowl drought that stretched to the 2007 season. There were eight home games, with the first five at home. And there was loads of veteran talent on offense and promising youngsters on defense for a program that was maturing in its third year under ultra-intense Kevin Wilson.

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Season Review: Illini struggle, but snap B1G skid

Steve Hull

Josh Ferguson Touchdown Pass

Year Two under Tim Beckman brought hope in the form of an improved won-loss record, as Illinois went from two victories to four. The credit goes to a revived offense, as new coordinator Bill Cubit altered the scheme and maxed out the skills of senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Illinois averaged 29.7 points and 426.7 yards in 2013 after averaging 16.7 points and 296.7 yards in 2012.

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Dienhart: Ranking stars Big Ten will face in bowls

The Big Ten has seven teams in bowls. And there are some high-level opponents, including Stanford, Clemson, South Carolina and LSU. And one of the best parts of the bowl season is watching players you rarely get a chance to see compete vs. Big Ten foes. Here’s a ranking of the top 25 players Big Ten teams will face in the postseason.

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Dienhart: My top 10 2013 Big Ten football games

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2013 Football Images of the Year

Pretty soon, it will be time to usher in 2014. Before we officially say good-bye to 2013, though, I looked back and considered the best 2013 Big Ten football games. See my complete top 10 list in this post. Did I miss one? Send me your nomination in the form at the bottom of the post.

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