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Dienhart: Michigan 2011 Season Recap

Michigan's Denard Robinson

Ohio State at Michigan - Football Highlights

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and he’s wrtitten up team-by-team season recaps for all 12 Big Ten teams. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Up first: Michigan. Watch our video from the Wolverines’ much-awaited victory over heated rival Ohio State now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post. Did you miss the others? They’re all right here.

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Dienhart: Let's debate all-time best bowl games

Fans love to debate it: What were the best bowl games in my school’s history? Well, with the postseason on our doorstep, here are my picks for the top three postseason efforts for the 10 Big Ten schools in action this season. Let the debate begin. You can bet there are a lot of Rose Bowl games listed in this post. What makes The Grandaddy of Them All so special?

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Dienhart: Big Ten Gets 9 on AP All-America team

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Big Ten Blast: Dec. 14th Afternoon Update

The Big Ten was well represented on the AP All-America team, with nine players tabbed. Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus, Michigan C David Molk, Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy, Penn State DT Devon Still and Wisconsin RB Montee Ball and G Kevin Zeitler were all first-teamers, while Nebraska LB Lavonte David and Wisconsin C Peter Konz earned second-team honors, and Ohio State DT John Simon was a third-team pick. Most impressive, Mercilus, Still and Worthy represent three of the four defensive lineman on the first team. Yeah, it was that kind of year for the Big Ten in the trenches.

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Dienhart: Meyer's Ohio State staff coming together

New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is wasting no time in assembling a top-notch staff that figures to rate among the best in the Big Ten. Soon after getting the job, Meyer announced he would retain co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, who served as interim head coach in 2011 and will coach the Buckeyes in the bowl game. Fickell is widely lauded as one of the nation’s top young coaches.

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Dienhart: Iowa 2011 Season Recap

Iowa's Marcus Coker

Michigan at Iowa - Football Highlights

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and now it’s time for his team-by-team season recaps. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order.

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Dienhart: Indiana 2011 Season Recap

Indiana's Tre Roberson

South Carolina State at Indiana - Football Highlights

]BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and now it’s time for his team-by-team season recaps. Every day, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school and we’re doing it in alphabetical order. Up next: Indiana. Watch our selected BTN video highlight from the Hoosiers’ win against South Carolina State now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post. We’re rolling out lour season reviews each day and archiving them all here, too.

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Dienhart: Illinois 2011 Season Recap

Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase

Arizona State at Illinois - Football Highlgihts

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spent the season covering Big Ten football, and now it’s time for his team-by-team season recaps. Every day, for the next 12 days, Dienhart will post a recap for each Big Ten school, in alphabetical order. Up first: Illinois. Watch our video from the Illini’s impressive nonconference victory over Arizona State now and read Dienhart’s season recap in this post.

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BTN.com's 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman Team

Everyone knew Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was talented and likely headed for a promising college football career. But few thought he’d have a big impact as a true freshman in 2011. Miller was thrust into the starting lineup early in 2011 and proceeded to enjoy the best season of any Big Ten freshman. This is why the precocious Miller, the Big Ten’s Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, headlines BTN.com’s 2011 All-Freshman Team.

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Dienhart: Top 10 Big Ten football stories of 2011 season

Michigan State Keith Nichol

Badgers, Spartans Share Their Hail Mary Memories

There was an iconic Hail Mary pass, a brand new championship game, a new school in the club, Legends and Leaders, a smashing debut by a coach, a touchdown machine named “Ball,” and a sordid off-field scandal the likes we never have seen in the history of college sports. Welcome to Big Ten football 2011.

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Dienhart: Beckman familiar with Big Ten

Tim Beckman is the new Illinois coach and arrives from Toledo, where he forged a 21-16 record (16-6 in the MAC) the past three seasons after taking over for Tom Amstutz. Beckman led the Rockets to an 8-4 mark this season and a spot in the Military Bowl against Air Force, the program’s second bowl under his stewardship. Toledo has gone 7-1 in MAC play in each of the past two seasons.

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Dienhart: The latest Big Ten mailbag answers

When BTN.com readers come to my BTN.com mailbag page to send their questions and comments, they may think I don’t read them all. But I do, and I answer the best ones each week. This time around many of you wondered when Ohio State will hear from the NCAA, why was Michigan picked for a BCS bowl and Michigan State wasn’t, if the Big Ten title game is a conference game or a non-conference game, and how I decided my Heisman vote order.

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Dienhart: Is another QB transferring to Wisconsin?

Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist recently was granted a release from his scholarship. And there’s a report that says he could have interest in transferring to Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is citing sources familiar with both Notre Dame and Wisconsin in saying Crist could land in Madison. He has one year of eligibility left. And to use it, he would need to enroll in a graduate program not offered at Notre Dame.

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Dienhart: Toledo's Beckman, Illini could be good fit

Toledo’s Tim Beckman may be the man at Illinois. According to a Thursday morning report in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois is focusing on Beckman to replace Ron Zook, who was fired after seven years in Champaign. I think Beckman would be a terrific hire. He has done a good job at Toledo, forging a 21-16 record (16-6 in the MAC) in three years and leading the school to share of the MAC West title this season. The 8-4 Rockets, 7-1 in each of the last two years in MAC action, will play Air Force in the Military Bowl this month, the second bowl under Beckman.

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Dienhart: My Best of the College Football Bowls

Iowa's James Vandenberg

The Ultimate Montee Ball Highlight Reel

Earlier this week we ranked the 2011-2012 college football bowl games as a sort of TV guide for the discerning Big Ten viewer who might not be looking to watch all 35 games, Big Ten and otherwise. And before the bowls take off I’ll be previewing each of the ten Big Ten bowl games in detail, too (full college bowl schedule here).

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Dienhart: Ranking the Bowls, from 1-35

The Poulan-Weedeater Bowl is long gone, unfortunately. But there is no shortage of bowl action. To get you ready for a holiday feast of 35 bowls, following is a ranking of the bowls from best to worst. With so many postseason games, you have to choose wisely with time at a minimum during this busy time of year.

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Dienhart: Petrino's departure no surprise

It’s no surprise that Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has rejoined his brother Bobby’s staff at Arkansas. But the timing of the move seems dubious with a bowl game still to be played. Why not stay and finish the job? Even worse for Illinois: There’s a chance Illinois could lose more assistants before the Illini’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl vs. UCLA on Dec. 31.

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Dienhart: And my Heisman Trophy vote goes to ...

Go ahead. Criticize me, Alabama fans. You, too, Stanford alums and Wisconsin fanatics. I don’t care. I feel comfortable with my choice to place Baylor’s Robert Griffin on top of the Heisman Trophy ballot I submitted on Sunday night in what is turning out to be an incredible race.

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Dienhart: Quick Look at Big Ten Bowl Matchups

Michigan's Brady Hoke

Ryan VanBergen Interview - Bowl Selection Special

The Big Ten is bursting with bowl teams, as a record 10 schools are headed to the postseason. The Big Ten has two teams in the BCS for the seventh season in a row. And its 10 bowl eligible teams are the most since 2007.

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Dienhart: Two Teams Deliver One for the Ages

Russell Wilson

Tom Dienhart Predicts Big Ten Bowl Selections

INDIANAPOLIS – The notion of three yards and cloud of dust was trashed on this night. Instead, the inaugural Big Ten championship game was a celebration of yards, points–and more yards and points. And a running into the kicker penalty on Michigan State that killed the Spartans’ last hope to score to rally for the winning score.

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