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Dienhart: Big Ten Championship notes

Badgers arrive

Bret Bielema B1G Pre-Championship Game Press Conference

The Journey 2012

Injuries are a key factor in any game, and this game is no different. Nebraska will miss the presence of tackle Baker Steinkuhler on the interior of the defensive line. The Huskers need Chase Rome—among others—to step up with Steinkuhler out. And center Justin Jackson is out. It will be Mark Pelini or Cole Pensick at center.

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Pelini, Huskers eye first Big Ten football crown

Rex Burkhead

Bo Pelini B1G Pre-Championship Game Press Conference

The Journey 2012

This Big Ten title game is about more than celebrating the culmination of the season and crowning a conference champ. This Big Ten title game is about validating a program—and validating a coach. I’m talking about Nebraska and Bo Pelini. That’s what’s at stake on Saturday night inside Lucas Oil Stadium—the “House the Peyton Manning Built.”

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Game change gives Huskers long home stretch

Scheduling is everything in college football. And Nebraska’s 2013 slate figures to give the Cornhuskers a big advantage. Nebraska will open next season with five home games, not venturing on the road until playing at Purdue on Oct. 12. In all, the Huskers will play eight home games in 2013. That’s quite an advantage. Nebraska also played eight home games in 2008.

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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’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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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


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 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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