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BTN LiveBIG: Buckeye swimmers give their young teammate the best birthday ever

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. Here’s a fun question: Can you name your favorite birthday? If so, does it compare to a birthday that had: 1. A full-blown press conference at The Ohio State University. 2. Signing a letter of intent to become an official member of the 29-time national-champion Buckeye synchronized swimming team. 3. Getting a personal locker loaded with Ohio State gear, including a team

Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Alabama blanks No. 3 Michigan State

So many storylines dominated the Cotton Bowl matchup. Michigan State was making its first playoff appearance coming off a Big Ten title. Alabama was here last year, getting upset as the No. 1 seed by Ohio State, which went on to win the championship. Protégé (Mark Dantonio) was trying to beat mentor (Nick Saban). On it went. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | GALLERY | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] In the end, it was all Alabama, which cruised to a 38-0 victory at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. BEST OF THE COTTON BOWL Best play: There were none

Here's how Michigan State fans are watching the Cotton Bowl

There are dedicated Michigan State fans all over the world. [ MORE: Track Michigan State vs. Alabama ] From East Lansing to Arlington and Ireland to Singapore, no matter the local time, Spartans fans are proudly cheering on their favorite team in the Cotton Bowl semifinal. We asked fans on Twitter to show us how they were watching the highly anticipated game vs. SEC champ Alabama, and the responses were impressive. If you’re interested, here’s our view tonight. Check out some of our favorite pictures fans sent our way below.  

Gallery: Michigan State vs. Alabama, Cotton Bowl

We scooped up our favorite photos from Thursday’s Cotton Bowl game between Michigan State and Alabama. Take a look in this post and make sure you follow us on Instagram, too.

No. 2 Alabama takes down No. 3 Michigan State in Cotton Bowl

(AP) Jake Coker played the game of his career, hooking up with Calvin Ridley for two touchdowns, as the second-ranked Crimson Tide aired it out to beat No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 Thursday night and advance to the national championship game. [ MORE: GALLERY | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] Alabama (13-1) will face No. 1 Clemson (14-0), which put away Oklahoma in the first national semifinal, on Jan. 11 in Arizona looking for its fourth national title in nine seasons under coach Nick Saban. The Tide looked like a team with no weaknesses against overmatched Michigan State

Scouting report: Coaches detail Alabama's offense & defense

BTN.com's Tom Dienhart talked to some assistant football coaches who took on Alabama this season to get an insider's scouting report on the Crimson Tide offense and defense ahead of Michigan State's game in the Cotton Bowl. Here's what those coaches told our senior writer.

Five keys to a Michigan State victory over Alabama tonight

When Michigan State takes on Alabama tonight, we'll all be watching closely. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart suggests we keep an eye out for these five keys the Spartans need to unlock the Crimson Tide and advance to the title game. You know this already, but none of them will come easily.

BTN Live at 6 p.m. ET: Full preview of Michigan State vs. Alabama

The College Football Playoff games are finally here tonight as Clemson faces Oklahoma ahead of Michigan State taking on Alabama. First, catch “BTN Live” at 6 p.m. ET today for the latest look at the Cotton Bowl matchup. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are in Dallas for the game and have reports from the stadium. [ MORE: 2015-2016 bowl game schedule | Bowl game coverage |  Scoreboard | Follow Tom Dienhart on Twitter | BTN on YouTube | BTN on Instagram | BTN on Vine ] Also, on Friday at 11 a.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Stanley Jackson, Glen Mason get you

BTN LiveBIG: MSU engineering students to provide clean water in Tanzania

It’s easy to take something as fundamental as clean water for granted. Whether we need it to stay hydrated, cook a meal or bathe, access to suitable water is rarely a problem for those who live in the United States. Other areas of the world aren’t as fortunate, and that creates all kinds of problems in areas ranging from public health to education. That’s why a group of Michigan State students is taking up the challenge of building of a rainwater containment system at a new school in Tanzania. Located in Buyuni, the school will be home to approximately 400