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Dienhart: What a school year to be an Iowa Hawkeyes fan

The 2015-16 school year for Iowa is shaping up to be one for the ages. [ MORE: Power Rankings: Iowa comes in at No. 1 | Player Rankings: Peter Jok enters the list | Game Rankings: Iowa-Maryland tops week’s slate ] The football team started it all, jumping out to a school-best 12-0 before finishing 12-2, dropping the Big Ten title game to Michigan State and the Rose Bowl to Stanford. It was Iowa’s first Rose Bowl since the 1990 season. Still, the 2015 Hawkeyes will forever have a special place in the hearts and memories of Iowa fans, as

Bracketology: CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm has Iowa as No. 1 seed

It’s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. In fact, no other Big Ten teams are on the bubble, according to either bracket expert. The big news: Iowa

Power Rankings: Indiana rises to No. 2 in Jon Crispin's latest list

Every week, we put out my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it often brings forth a variety of emotions from Big Ten fan bases. Some think their team is too high, some think their team is too low, and the rest just seem to think I’m clueless. Truth is, you all may be right to some extent. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ]

Sixteen former Big Ten stars on Super Bowl 50 teams

The matchup is set, and it will be the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. [ MORE: See how Big Ten names fared in AFC, NFC title games ] A total of 16 former Big Ten stars are on Super Bowl 50 active rosters, not including former Maryland TE Vernon Davis, who played for the Terrapins before they entered the Big Ten. Here are some more Big Ten-centric Super Bowl 50 stats: Of the two competitors, Denver has the most ex-Big Ten players (9). Ten Big Ten schools have at least one player in the Super

Player Rankings: Peter Jok, Malcolm Hill enter latest list

There’s not much change atop my latest Big Ten Player Rankings, other than Denzel Valentine and Melo Trimble flipping spots at No. 2 and No. 3. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Bracketology | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] That said, there are a couple new names on the list, as Iowa’s Peter Jok makes his season debut and Illinois’ Malcolm Hill returns. Editor’s note: All stats are through Sunday, Jan.

Iowa moves up to No. 3/No. 4 in latest AP & Coaches polls

Just how high would Iowa soar in the latest men’s college basketball polls? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] That was a common question following the Hawkeyes’ victory over Purdue on Sunday afternoon, improving Fran McCaffery’s crew to 7-0 in the Big Ten. The answer is in, and Iowa comes in at No. 3 (AP) and No. 4 (Coaches) in the latest national polls, released Monday.

Three Takes: Jess Settles looks at Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State

This feature is called “Three Takes,” but I’m going to bend the rules and offer four thoughts this week. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here goes! Indiana, Iowa & Michigan State Indiana and Iowa have rolled to undefeated 7-0 records in conference play, and Michigan State seems to be back on track with Denzel Valentine returning to form. Something all three teams have in common:

Ranking the games: It's all about Iowa at Maryland on Thursday

Iowa and Indiana have proven to be the class of the Big Ten so far. But keep an eye on Maryland, which can score a huge win when the Hawkeyes visit College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. Could IU go down when it visits Wisconsin? Hmmmm. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here is a ranking of this week’s games. 1. Iowa at Maryland, Thursday. The “game

Big Ten Whiteboard: Time to look forward to Iowa at Maryland

The fifth week of the season is on our doorstep. All eyes will be on College Park, Maryland, for a battle of ranked teams between Iowa and Maryland. This also is a big week for Northwestern, which can make statement with games vs. Michigan State and Iowa. And can Indiana remain perfect in the Big Ten? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Ranking this week’s games | Best of week ahead | Scoreboard | Standings | Stats | Polls | Win a trip for two to the Big Ten tourney ] Here’s my preview to

BTN celebrates 100th episode of The Journey, the network’s signature original series

On Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network will air the 100th episode of The Journey, the network’s signature original series. The Journey, a documentary-style show covering both football and basketball, has taken viewers behind the scenes with compelling stories of the Big Ten’s student-athletes and coaches since 2007. Over the next seven days, BTN will take a trip down memory lane with the best moments and stories from The Journey’s past nine years on Facebook, Twitter and BTN.com. ‘Journey Week’ will include reliving 12 of the most popular features in Journey history, an updated look at