Week 12 of the Big Ten football season is less than 24 hours away, ladies and gentlemen!
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Most experts agree that an unbeaten Big Ten champion will seize a spot in the four-team college football playoff, but what about a one-loss Michigan State squad? Speaking of Michigan, keep an eye on its rush defense. And Indiana is fighting for its bowl life. Read these takes and more leading into a very intriguing Big Ten Week 12 in football.
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Survive and advance was the theme last weekend in Big Ten play. Michigan State lost Connor Cook to injury and proceeded to have a season-low 262 total yards of offense in a win against Maryland. Iowa escaped with a five-point victory against a pesky Minnesota squad. Northwestern needed a late touchdown by Justin Jackson, his first in two months, to beat Purdue by a touchdown. And Michigan needed a fourth down stop at the Hoosiers 2-yard line to squeak out an overtime triumph at Indiana.
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It’s almost here. Week 12 football games. None of the games is bigger than Michigan State at Ohio State in a battle between two of the best teams in the Big Ten. Our Tom Dienhart looks at all of the games and lays out his weekly upset alert, best matchups, spotlight players and more. Plus, watch the video to look back at recent history between Ohio State and Michigan State.
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Who wins Week 12 Big Ten football games? Get the BTN.com team’s picks, including Purdue beat writer Mike Carmin, and cast your winners inside.
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If it comes to bowls fighting over 5-7 teams, how will it be decided which sub-500 teams get picked first? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes a look at the scenarios.