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Clothes Call: Illini Week 12 lids to honor military

Illinois will wear a new helmet that honors the military Saturday vs. No. 3 Ohio State. The helmet looks a lot like the Illini’s primary lid, only the logo features the state of Illinois instead of the usual “I.” Even better, there are 10 stars, in the shape of an “I,” inside the state logo to honor the 10 former Illinois player who have died in combat. [ MORE: Northwestern to wear new patriotic uniform vs. Michigan ] How creative/awesome is that? Very cool. See the helmet below. #Illini wearing special helmet logos to honor military tomorrow. 10 stars represent

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including new alternate helmets that Illinois will wear Saturday against Ohio State. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: IN OTHER NEWS RT @IlliniFootball Illini wearing special helmet..10 stars represent 10 IL players who died in combat. — IllinoisLoyalty (@IllinoisLoyalty) November 15, 2013 Our take: Very cool. Great way to honor the former players. James Morris

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Week 12 B1G quiz tests your football opinions

It’s time to take my weekly Big Ten football quiz in preparation for another big Saturday football. It’s an intriguing slate of five games, with the Big Ten Nation fixated on the Michigan State at Nebraska game. Don’t worry – this isn’t graded on a curve. And? I provide the questions and the answers. So just have fun. Are you are ready? Who needs a win more? A) Northwestern B) Michigan Answer: A. Look, the Wildcats are sitting on the edge of postseason extinction, losers of five in a row. That means Northwestern needs to win two of its last

Oct 13, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) scores a touchdown against the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2nd half at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defeated Indiana 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Four Downs: Week 12 predictions, thoughts & truths

Saturday is almost here. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So, why not me? That’s the idea here. Here’s what’s running through my mind with Week 12 of the Big Ten season on the horizon. [ MORE: Week 12 Previews | Best of Week 12 | Pick your Week 12 winners ] PREDICTIONS 1. Michigan State will need just 21-24 points to beat Nebraska … if that many. Look, it’s this simple: good defense almost always trumps good offense. And the Spartans don’t just have a good defense; they

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Best of Week 12: All eyes on MSU-Nebraska

An interesting Saturday of action is headlined by what could be the Big Ten Game of the Year: Michigan State at Nebraska. Ohio State will look to remain unbeaten when it plays at Illinois. The Buckeyes have owned Illinois, winning the last five meetings and eight of the last nine. The lone Fighting Illini victory in that stretch was when they stunned No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus in 2007 on the way to the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes haven’t lost in Champaign since 1991. Michigan (two losses in a row) plays at Northwestern (five losses in a row) in

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Week 12: We predict all five Big Ten games

Every week during the 2013 football season,’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Eleven weeks down, Merriman sits atop the season standings, at 66-13. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Week 12 Previews | Week 12 schedule ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 66-13 Week 12 picks: Penn State 27, Purdue 10; Wisconsin 56, Indiana 35; Ohio State 49, Illinois 14; Northwestern

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Week 12 previews: Five games on tap for Saturday

This Saturday features some intriguing clashes. All eyes will be on Lincoln, Neb., for Michigan State’s visit to Nebraska in what essentially is a de facto Legends Division championship game. If you aren’t stoked, then I feel sorry for you. Other Big Ten fans will fixate on the Michigan at Northwestern game. Like a car crash, we won’t be able to take our eyes off a game that features two desperate teams. Who will rise up in the face of adversity? Here is a look at each game this Saturday. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag |

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) is taken down by Nebraska Cornhuskers safety LeRoy Alexander (18) and defensive end Randy Gregory (44) in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium.

Mailbag: Our expert tackles your questions

The cards and letters keep coming in. Thanks. And, by the look of things, many of you are excited about what Minnesota is doing. No doubt, to be 8-2 and riding a four-game winning streak is pretty incredible. Michigan has many flummoxed. And Nebraska’s rise has stirred the masses. Let me dig in on answering some of your letters. Let’s get to your notes. And if you have new questions – football or basketball –  scroll down to the bottom. I read all of my mail. I’m also on Twitter via @BTNTomDienhart. As far as skill positions (QB, RB, WR,

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke:  Listen to Coach Gary Andersen:  Listen to Coach Bo Pelini:  Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio:  Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz:  Listen to Coach Jerry Kill:  Listen to

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 11

Week 11 of the season was eye-opening on many levels. Nebraska is still alive and kicking with a chance to win the Legends Division, while Michigan is still searching for answers. And then there’s Minnesota, which keeps on authoring a new amazing chapter in its storybook season. Here is what I learned. 1. The Big Ten is loaded with good running backs. In fact, no conference may have a better collection. Take your pick from the likes of Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and James White, Minnesota’s David Cobb, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman and Stephen Houston,