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Big Ten Player Rankings: Elliott lands on top, Howard moving up

Week 12 of the Big Ten football season is less than 24 hours away, ladies and gentlemen! [ MORE: Read our Week 12 picks, then vote for yours | Week 12 previews | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 12 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Q&A: Jason Cabinda | Highlights on YouTube] We have seen so many outstanding games thus far, and even more amazing individual performances. In last week’s edition of Big Ten Player Rankings, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart had Ezekiel Elliott as

Week 12 Takes: Playoff scenarios, defensive trends & bowl chances

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.

Five fun facts heading into Week 12 of the Big Ten season

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. Elsewhere, Ohio State remained unbeaten with a 25 point victory at Illinois and Nebraska picked

BTN analyst Jon Crispin: A few words on Badgers, Hoosiers & Spartans

First impressions in the world of college basketball can often be deceiving, especially with questions surrounding the quality of many unknown non-conference opponents. Michigan State has certainly passed its first major test of the season, and that answered a lot of questions about Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Indiana continues to excite me with an upbeat style of play and a bright green light for anyone who can drain a 3-pointer. Then there is Wisconsin, who many already count out because of the opening day loss to Western Illinois. Here is my initial take on these three Big Ten programs and their

Best of Week 12: Ohio State vs. Michigan State tops one big slate

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.

Week 12 Big Ten previews: Michigan State at Ohio State is here!

Just two weeks remain in the regular season, and both division titles remain up for grabs. Iowa can clinch the West with a win—or Wisconsin loss. The Michigan State at Ohio State will go a long in shaping the East champ.