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Steele projects 9 B1G bowl teams, OSU in title game

Phil Steele released his highly anticipated 2013-14 bowl projections Monday. Big Ten fans will be even more interested in the list this year, as Steele forecasts nine (!) bowl teams and Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game. See Steele’s full bowl slate, plus predicted opponents, in this post. [ PhilSteele.com: 2013-14 Bowl Projections ] Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Minnesota vs. Bowling Green Texas Bowl: Indiana vs. Kansas State Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Northwestern vs. Baylor Heart of Dallas Bowl: Iowa vs. Tulsa Gator Bowl: Michigan vs. Ole Miss Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin vs. LSU Outback Bowl: Michigan State

Week 14 preview: It's Michigan vs. Ohio State week

And, we’ve reached the finish line! That’s right, my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten football slate has hit Week 14, a week highlighted by the annual end-of-the-year Ohio State-Michigan rivalry game. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 14 in this post. [ MORE: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 ] Game of the week: Ohio State at Michigan. This could

Week 13 preview: Down the stretch they come!

It’s time to consider Week 13 in my early week-by-week analysis of the 2013 Big Ten football season. This is a busy week, with all 12 teams in action, and it’s one that figures to feature games that impact the Legends and Leaders championship races. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 13 in this post. [ MORE: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 ] Game of

Week 12 preview: Big-time Legends Division games

I’m continuing my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule, and it’s all about Week 12 today. This Saturday’s slate of games is heavy at the top, with big-time Legends Division matchups between Michigan-Northwestern and Michigan State-Nebraska. Get all my Week 12 storylines, top matchups and game rankings in this post. [ MORE: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 ] Game of the week: Michigan at Northwestern. To have a good shot

B1G to face Pac-12 in Kraft Fight Hunger, Holiday bowls

The Big Ten announced six-year bowl partnerships with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and Holiday Bowl on Monday. Check out the official releases on both bowls in this post. KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL Two of college football’s premier conferences, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten, will face each other in the Bay Area’s post-season bowl game beginning in 2014. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl today announced six-year agreements that will establish a new partnership with the Big Ten and significantly improve the Bowl’s selection rights in the Pac-12. Both pacts will run from 2014 through 2019. Effective with the new

Week 11 preview: This might decide Legends Division

Next up in my super-early week-by-week preview of the 2013 Big Ten football schedule: Week 11. This is a week highlighted by the massively huge Legends Division battle between Nebraska and Michigan at Michigan Stadium. It also features one nonconference game: BYU at Wisconsin. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 11 in this post. [ MORE: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 ] Game of the week: Nebraska at Michigan. Going to

Week 8 preview: Will one of these matchups surprise?

Next up in my super-early week-by-week preview of the 2013 Big Ten football schedule: Week 8. This is a week light on marquee matchups, with predicted Big Ten title contenders Michigan and Ohio State taking on Indiana and Iowa, respectively, and Nebraska and Penn State on byes. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 8 in this post. [ RELATED: Week 1 preview | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 ] Game of the week: Minnesota’s trip to Northwestern could be interesting. Yes, this could

Dienhart: Ranking 2013 Big Ten noncon schedules

Schedule strength will become more vital beginning in 2014, when the four-team playoff is started. Why? Because a major component of the playoff team selection process figures to be schedule strength. So, cupcakes are on the way out. But, until then, many remain. Just look at the non-conference schedules. Here is my ranking of the Big Ten non-conference schedules. [ MORE: Week  1 preview | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13

Week 7 preview: It'll be a big one at Camp Randall

The 2013 football season may still be two-plus months away, but that won’t keep me from taking an (early) in-depth look at each and every week’s top matchups and storylines. Oh, and I’m also offering my rankings of every week’s slate of games. Up now: Week 7, highlighted by Northwestern’s trip to Wisconsin. [ RELATED: Week 1 preview | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 ] Game of the week: Northwestern at Wisconsin. If the Badgers want a shot at going to a third Big Ten championship game in succession, they must

Week 6 preview: Welcome to Evanston, Buckeyes

Another day, another opportunity to take an in-depth look at the 2013 football season. Today, it’s all about Week 6 in my early week-by-week series. The first week of full Big Ten play, the slate offers some intriguing battles, including Northwestern hosting Big Ten favorite Ohio State. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 6 in this post. [ RELATED: Week 1 preview | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 ] Game of the week: As the overwhelming Big Ten favorite, Ohio State will be the hunted all season, which can