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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

Rose Bowl Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes return to Pasadena on a mission

Iowa is making its first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1990 season. Stanford is back in Pasadena for the third time in four years. [ 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 ] The Cardinal doesn’t often see teams like Iowa, a big, tough physical squad that likes to punch foes in the mouth with the ground game. In fact, the one time it faced such a team, Stanford lost 16-6 at Northwestern in

Big Ten football beat writers pick most improved 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 improved players. Yesterday,

Big Ten hoops roundup: Indiana, Ohio State card big victories

Ten Big Ten men’s basketball teams were in action Saturday. [ MORE: Relive all of Saturday’s results on our Big Ten scoreboard ] Indiana used a 17-2 run down the stretch to rally past Notre Dame, 80-73, in the first game of the Crossroad Classic, and previously struggling Ohio State stunned No. 4 Kentucky, 74-67, to highlight the day’s action. Catch up on all of the results below: MICHIGAN STATE 78, NORTHEASTERN 58 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Denzel Valentine scored 17 points, Bryn Forbes added 12 and No. 1 Michigan State matched the best start in school history

Big Ten football beat writers pick 2015 top plays/moments

With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season exactly one 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 four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Up first: Top play/moment. Coming up: Most improved player,

Report: Michigan football leads nation in attendance this year

Michigan football’s 16-year run of leading the nation in attendance was ended by Ohio State last season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, it looks like the Wolverines have returned atop the leader board. According to CBSSports.com, Michigan was the leader in attendance this season, averaging 110,168 fans per game in 2015, a five-percent increase from 2014. Ohio State ranked second in the nation in attendance this season with an

BTN LiveBIG: Iowa hospital patients get by with a little help from 'Furry Friends'

It’s 9 a.m. on a cold winter morning at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) main building. A patient named Darrell is sitting in a chair getting medicine that doesn’t require a co-pay. A rather large Labradoodle named Yuki is on his lap, slathering his face in doggie kisses. In an intensive-care hospital room on a different floor, the prescription is Sophie, a 12-year-old Pomeranian who is used to making “bed” calls. Sophie’s handler, Jean Reed, picks her up and gently places her next to one of the patients, who bursts into a thousand-megawatt grin. “We walk in the room,