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Merry Christmas! Here's one Big Ten football fact for every bowl

Merry Christmas, Big Ten fans! Indiana and Nebraska are set to kick off the Big Ten bowl season Saturday as the Hoosiers will take on Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, while the Huskers will battle UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. There are 12 bowl games in the books, but just because the Big Ten has yet to play, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Big Ten story lines surrounding bowl season.

Player Rankings: Melo Trimble reclaims top spot this week

There’s a new No. 1 atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, and it’s a familiar name. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, my preseason No. 1 player, returns to the top spot in the wake of Michigan State star Denzel Valentine’s injury. See my full latest list below. 1. Melo Trimble, Maryland. With Denzel Valentine sidelined, the Big Ten’s best point guard takes over the top spot. But don’t worry, Michigan State fans,

How to watch the Midlands Championships live on TV & online

Both days of the 53rd Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Northwestern will be available live and for free beginning Tuesday morning and running through Wednesday night. In this post, learn how to watch two days of non-stop wrestling competition live featuring many of the nation’s top-ranked wrestling teams and individuals on BTN and BTN2Go. Tuesday’s first session starts at 10:30 a.m. ET, and the second sessions begin at 8 p.m. Here’s one link to the page for all eight mat cameras on Tuesday. We have also added individual links to each mat during both sessions at the body of this page.

Video: Indiana fan shares school-inspired holiday lights

There are so many ways to show your school allegiance. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our entire Gone Viral section ] Rachel Wilson, an Indiana fan, made it clear to everyone in her neighborhood that she and her family are Hoosiers fans through and through. On Tuesday night, Wilson shared a video of the Indiana-inspired light show on her house this holiday season. Impressive stuff. And, of course, it’s set to Indiana’s fight song. Watch the video in the tweet embedded at the top of the post.

Top plays from Tuesday's Big Ten men's basketball action

We had a loaded slate of men’s basketball games on Tuesday as seven Big Ten teams were in action. [ MORE: Catch up on Big Ten scores with our college basketball scoreboard ] Indiana got things started with an impressive 99-72 victory over Kennesaw St. on BTN. Michigan State followed with a 99-93 win over Oakland in overtime. With the victory, the Spartans improve to 13-0, which marks the best start in program history. Purdue topped Vanderbilt, 68-55, in the second game on BTN. In other action: Nebraska topped Prairie View A&M, 81-50, Iowa cruised by Tennessee Tech, 85-63, Ohio

Big Ten football beat writers pick players to watch in 2016

With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season less than a week away, it’s time to relive the season from the perspective of Big Ten beat writers. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] BTN.com recently asked a beat writer for every team to answer the same four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Today’s final topic: Players to watch

Big Ten Mailbag: C.J. Beathard, OSU defense, Purdue hoops & more

It’s that time of the week when I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag. And with basketball season heating up, hoops emails have started to hit my inbox. Can anyone catch Michigan State? Is Purdue OK? There are football questions, too. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] You say that Iowa QB C.J. Beathard did not “wow.” What? He did pretty darn well. He was second in completion percentage. And he

Power Rankings: Ohio State ascends four spots after UK win

It’s the final week of non-conference play. That’s right, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, the Big Ten conference season tips off. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Before the games really start to count, and before you check out for the holiday break, it’s time to share my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Editor’s note: All records are through Sunday, Dec. 20 action. See my latest list below: 1. Michigan State (12-0). Tom Izzo is still working

Big Ten football beat writers pick most valuable players

With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season less than a week away, it’s time to relive the season from the perspective of Big Ten beat writers. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] BTN.com recently asked a beat writer for every team to answer the same four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Today’s topic: Most valuable players. Previously,

Tom Dienhart shares his Big Ten bowl confidence picks

How about some bowl picks based on confidence in my selections? Sure! You know the drill. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Here are my Big Ten bowl picks based on confidence, from most confident in the pick (10) to least (1). 10. Ohio State over Notre Dame, Fiesta Bowl 9. USC over Wisconsin, Holiday Bowl 8. Michigan over Florida, Citrus Bowl 7. Georgia over Penn State, TaxSlayer Bowl 6. Minnesota