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How good was 2015 Big Ten football season? Here are the numbers!

One year after Ohio State claimed the inaugural College Football Playoff national crown, the Big Ten compiled another successful season that saw Michigan State make the national semifinals. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl results | View final 2015 polls | Way-too-early 2016 polls ] A total of six Big Ten teams finished in the final AP poll, released Monday, including four in the top 12: No. 4 Ohio State; No. 6 Michigan State; No. 9 Iowa; No. 12 Michigan. No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 23 Northwestern round out the Big Ten contingent. Here are a couple more 2015 factoids: This is

BTN's ‘A Taste of Coaching’ features Jud Heathcote, Gary Williams, Tom Davis

At a table for four, coaching legends Jud Heathcote, Gary Williams and Tom Davis share the losses they never got over, the best players they coached and faced and their thoughts on NCAA basketball today. Their conversations were captured for season two of A Taste of Coaching, hosted by Steve Lavin and debuting at 9 PM ET on Monday, Jan. 18. The five-episode series will air on Monday evenings in January and February.

Shelley Till: Big Ten freshmen making a name for themselves

Some refer to her as inexperienced, underrated, wet behind the ears, or the new kid on the block. One would expect that the rookie would need extra time to adjust to the high level of the Big Ten. She would need to gain experience before she makes her mark vs. the usual suspects. Well, not so for these young ladies! Here is a look at the current top rookies who are already making a name for themselves in the Big Ten. Jessica Shepard, Nebraska. This 6-4 center is at the top of her freshman class. She’s averaging a double-double, scoring

Here's where some very early 2016 polls rank Big Ten teams

The 2015 college football season just ended, you say? Give us at least a day to digest it all before looking ahead to the 2016 season, you say? [ MORE: Six Big Ten teams land on final AP & Coaches polls ] Not a chance. Not in today’s world, one in which the annual way-too-early polls start being released pretty much as soon as the the national championship game ends. Well, the second annual College Football Playoff National Championship Game was Monday night (it was a great one, too), so the way-too-early polls are out in full force. Check out

Six Big Ten football teams ranked in season's final AP, Coaches polls

The second annual College Football Playoff title game was Monday night, with No. 2 Alabama holding off No. 1 Clemson in an absolute thriller. [ MORE: Relive all of the bowl action on our 2015-16 bowl schedule ] With the 2015 season now completely in the rearview mirror, the AP and Coaches polls released their final rankings Tuesday. Six Big Ten teams are ranked in each poll, paced by Ohio State (No. 4 AP/No. 4 Coaches), last season’s national champ. The Buckeyes took care of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl to finish 12-1, the lone loss coming on the

Bracketology: See where your Big Ten team lands on updated mocks

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 | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] See both of the experts’ latest mock brackets below. @jppalmCBS No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 play-in team in the East No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 East Tennessee State in the Midwest No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 14 UT-Arlington in the West

Ranking the games: Iowa-Michigan State rematch tops week's slate

Indiana, Iowa and Maryland sit atop the Big Ten standings, all unbeaten in league play. The Hoosiers and Terrapins are 4-0 in Big Ten games, while Iowa is 3-0. Indiana and Maryland have both won nine straight games, while the Hawkeyes have claimed five consecutive wins. Best of all, two of these teams meet this week, with Iowa playing at MSU. It’s gonna be sweet. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ]

Power Rankings: Iowa moves up to No. 3 in Jon Crispin's latest list

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to offer up my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Not much changed this week, although Iowa did replace Purdue in the No. 3 spot. Something tells me Iowa fans will appreciate the boost. Editor’s note: All records are through Sunday, Jan. 10 action. See my latest list below. 1. Maryland (15-1, 4-0). The Terps not only possess the most balanced team in

Player Rankings: Yogi Ferrell enters top 5 of Jess Settles' list

It’s taken a while, but Yogi Ferrell has made his way back into the top 5 of my Big Ten Player Rankings. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Game Rankings | Bracketology | The week ahead | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] The Indiana point guard checks in at No. 5 this week, up one spot from last week. For what it’s worth, the last time Ferrell was in my top 5 it was late November. Check out my latest list below: 1. Melo Trimble, Maryland. Trimble shocked the Kohl Center on