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These Big Ten state signs could be the perfect holiday present

Need a holiday present for the Big Ten fan who seems to have everything? [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] You may be in luck; that is, if you know someone who is a Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State or Wisconsin fan who loves representing his/her school and state. Groupon is currently running a sale on NCAA College State Signs, with the aforementioned five Big Ten schools included in the collection, for $36.99. Each sign, which weighs roughly 4.5 pounds, is the shape of the school’s state and includes geographical features. Click

Dienhart: Rutgers football hires rising defensive mind Chris Ash

Rutgers recently hired a new A.D. Now, the school has hired a new coach in Chris Ash to replace Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Watch the Rutgers press conference live at 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go ] Ash is one of the nation’s rising defensive minds, looking to improve the fortunes of a Rutgers program that went 4-8 overall, 1-7 in the Big Ten last year. Ash will face challenges navigating a rugged Big Ten East, but he won’t inherit a full-on rebuilding job. There is talent to work with as players like QB Chris Laviano, RBs Josh Hicks and Robert

Big Ten links: Bowl reaction, bowl previews & more bowl coverage

I was so glad to see Iowa get a Rose Bowl bid despite losing the league title game. The Hawkeyes haven’t been to Pasadena since the 1990 season. The drought is over. Iowa fans will overrun the Rose Bowl. It will be beautiful. Iowa will play Stanford, which it never has played. The Hawkeyes last played in the Rose Bowl in 1991 and lost to Washington 46-34. The Hawkeyes played in three Rose Bowls during the Hayden Fry era and lost all three. Kirk Ferentz was an assistant coach on the first two teams. Iowa appeared in two other Rose

BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota cultivates crop of the future

What kind of cookies will you leave for Santa Claus this Christmas? Chocolate chip? Sugar? How about a Kernza cookie? Kernza — also known as intermediate wheatgrass — is a new crop being developed at the University of Minnesota to replace better-known crops, with potentially promising economic and environmental results. Local Minnesota bakeries have started using Kernza to make cookies, pancakes, tortillas and more, and restaurants in New York and San Francisco are also experimenting with it in their recipes. The future looks bright indeed for this revolutionary crop, and it’s largely thanks to a program at Minnesota called the

How did we do? Big Ten title game predictions revisited

Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten’s 10 bowl games, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Yahoo! writer Dan Wetzel and Big Ten fans did with their 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game predictions. Wetzel and BTN.com’s Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina picked the Spartans, while Big Ten fans and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart selected the Hawkeyes. See our title game picks and the latest standings below: Rotating Beat Writer: Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel), sports.yahoo.com 2015 record: 93-20 Big Ten title game: Michigan State 28, Iowa 17 Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) 2015 record: 92-21 Big Ten title game: Michigan

Tom Dienhart offers early take on Michigan State-Alabama matchup

I thought Michigan State would jump from No. 5 to No. 3 after it toppled unbeaten Iowa in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night in Indianapolis. And, the College Football Playoff committee did just that, setting up a meeting with No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl in a national semifinal game. [ MORE: View the full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Final CFP rankings ] No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in the other national semifinal game. This will be the Spartans’ first trip to the playoffs, which are in just their second