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Week 14 Picks

Ready for Saturday? Take this B1G Grid Quiz

The last Saturday of the season is here. It’s also rivalry week, with some interesting matchups. The headliner is Ohio State at Michigan. To prep, take my weekly B1G quiz. It’s the last one of the season. 1. What coordinator is the hottest commodity? A. Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman B. Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda C. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi D. Minnesota defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys E. Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck Answer: C. All these guys look destined to one day be head coaches. But Narduzzi may be sitting on the precipice of landing a

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Four Downs: Week 14 predictions, thoughts, truths

It’s that time of the week, time to take a look at four predictions, four truths, four thoughts, four numbers and four jockstrap games. Yep, it’s time for Four Downs. [ MORE: Week 14 predictions | Best of Week 14 | Week 14 Previews ] PREDICTIONS 1. Carlos Hyde is gonna rush for 100 yards at Michigan. Heck, he may rush for 150 yards. Hyde has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing barrier in the last six games. There isn’t a hotter running back in the Big Ten. 2. Purdue will lose at Indiana. And, it will be ugly. The Hoosiers will

Week 14 Picks

Week 14: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Entering the final week, Bardo and Merriman sit atop the season standings, at 76-14. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Week 14 scoreboard | Week 14 Previews | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 76-14 Picks: Nebraska 27, Iowa 17; Michigan State 34, Minnesota 10; Ohio State 42, Michigan 7;

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs for a first down in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Best of Week 14: Rivalry Week should be great

It’s rivalry week, and there are a lot of intriguing storylines and angles in what also is the final week of the 2013 regular season. Can Michigan upset Ohio State and end its rival’s BCS title game dreams? Can Iowa snap its funk vs. Nebraska? Here’s a quick rundown. Indiana needs to turn the tide vs. rival Purdue in the Old Oaken Bucket battle. The Hoosiers have lost four of the last five meetings, and is 3-13 in the last 16. Illinois has lost three of the last five meetings with Northwestern and seven of the last 10. Nebraska has

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke:  Listen to Coach Gary Andersen:  Listen to Coach Bo Pelini:  Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio:  Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz:  Listen to Coach Jerry Kill:  Listen to

Rivalry Week

Week 14 Previews: Welcome to Rivalry Week!

The final week of the season is upon us. Even better: It’s rivalry week. There’s Ohio State at Michigan in “The Game.” Northwestern is at Illinois in the Land Lincoln Trophy game. Purdue is at Indiana in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket. Iowa is at Nebraska in the “Heroes Game.” Here is a look at all the action of Week 14. FRIDAY IOWA (7-4, 4-3) AT NEBRASKA (8-3, 5-2)- NOON ET, ABC Why you should watch: This essentially could be a playoff game to see who goes to the Outback Bowl. The loser likely would land in the

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Tuesday links: Updates on Heisman, Hoke & more

It’s Tuesday, two days until Thanksgiving. Until then, feast on a Heisman race that got turned sideways last Saturday with losses by Texas A&M (Johnny Manziel), Baylor (Bryce Petty) and Oregon (Marcus Mariota). And Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has a potentially murky future due to legal issues. Could Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller get back into the race? Cleveland.com notes Miller won’t win the honor. That’s correct. Missing almost three games has killed that dream. But, he could earn an invite to NYC. If the Buckeyes finish 12-0, I think Miller should be a top 3-5 finisher. I may

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Bowl Projections: Badgers back in BCS this week

Sitting at No. 15 in the BCS standings, Wisconsin’s hopes for an at-large BCS bowl bid are looking better and better. The Badgers need to finish No. 14 or higher to be eligible for selection. Gotta think that’s gonna happen over the next few weeks. First, Wisconsin needs to beat visiting Penn State in the finale. Then, sit back, watch and wait. Ohio State remains on the outside of the BCS title game, needing a loss by Alabama or Florida State to ascend from its No. 3 spot in the BCS standings. Better hope for an Auburn win over Alabama

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Power Rankings: MSU, UW still chasing perfect OSU

Things held steady at the top of my Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, though I’m sure debate will continue to rage on if Michigan State should be ranked ahead of Wisconsin. Debate on, America. This week’s fast-riser: Iowa. See my latest list in this post. [ MORE: What did Tom learn in Week 13? | Week 13 honors, grades & stock reports ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (11-0, 7-0). The winning streak has reached a school-record 23 in a row, as OSU clinched the Leaders Division. Even better—the Buckeyes are playing their best football of the season at the

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Tom's Take: My Week 13 grades, honors & stocks

Week 13 brought clarity to the Big Ten season, as Ohio State (Leaders) and Michigan State (Legends) wrapped up division titles and will meet in the Big Ten championship game. We also saw Penn State and Nebraska play an overtime thriller, as well as Illinois end a 20-game Big Ten losing skein. Here is my wrap on Week 13. [ MORE: What did Tom Dienhart learn in Week 13? ] Biggest surprise: I’m not shocked Michigan State beat Northwestern. But I am shocked that the Spartans hammered the Wildcats, 30-6. I thought MSU would suffer a bit of a letdown