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Dienhart: My best of 2013-14 Big Ten bowls

The dust has settled on another disappointing postseason for the Big Ten, which went 2-5 in bowl games. The lone victors: Michigan State in the Rose Bowl and Nebraska in the Gator Bowl. Still, there were many noteworthy things. Here’s my Best of the Big Ten Bowls. [ MORE: View our full 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Best game: The Orange Bowl was off-the-charts spectacular. Clemson’s 40-35 win over Ohio State featured four lead changes, over 1,000 combined yards and enough electricity to light the BTN offices in downtown Chicago. The game lived up to its hype as a quarterback-fueled shootout.

BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

The new season of LiveBIG shows on BTN kicks off this week! Click here for the complete schedule. University of Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce received an American flag from Air Force pilot Adam Hopkins before the Illini hosted Indiana last week. Read the incredible story about why Hopkins made the presentation to Groce here. President Obama recently honored University of Iowa researcher Randall McEntaffer with a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Read more here. We featured Budzien’s inspiring work with the Special Olympics in December. After the NHL’s Winter Classic at the Big House in

Did You See This? MSU shirt pokes fun at Michigan slogan

“Rise to the Occasion.” That slogan was featured prominently on Michigan’s Adidas warmup shirts during last year’s memorable NCAA basketball tournament run. It looks like Spartan fans are having some fun with the slogan. Check out this t-shirt that reads “Rose to the Occasion,” in honor of MSU’s 24-20 win over Stanford in this year’s Rose Bowl Game. [ MORE: View our full 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Lol pic.twitter.com/yC7Zdl1KfC — ellen (@ellenmamula) January 5, 2014 Of course the Michigan-themed shirt was worn on the basketball court, while the MSU shirt is football-related. And technically, the Wolverines did “Rise to the

Merriman: My top 10 B1G bowl performances

Big Ten bowl season is officially in the books as Ohio State closed out the conference postseason with a 40-35 loss to Clemson in Friday night’s Discover Orange Bowl. While it wasn’t a great showing for the Big Ten, going 2-5 in conference bowl games, there were still plenty of outstanding individual performances this year. Without further ado, here are my top-10 Big Ten bowl performances. [ MORE: How did we do? View 2013-14 Big Ten bowl game predictions ] 10. Anthony Hitchens, LB, Iowa Outback Bowl stats: 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss Hitchens was outstanding for the Hawkeyes

How did we do? Big Ten bowl picks revisited

All season long, our BTN.com panel predicted every Big Ten football game. We also provided polls for Big Ten fans to make their picks. With the Big Ten bowl season now complete, it’s time to crown the 2103 champion. That would be BTN.com’s Sean Merriman, who went 85-19, including a 4-3 bowl clip. Big Ten fans finished third, at 82-22. See the full season standings and bowl picks in this post. [ MORE: View full 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 85-19 Bowl record: 4-3 Big Ten bowl game predictions: Minnesota 28, Syracuse 14; Kansas State 27,

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a current NFL star serving as a guest coach for Illinois basketball. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Friday’s B1G Clicks: Drake being on our sideline is absolutely awesome. Only at Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/CtrVnKPxt8 — Kirk Barton (@Kirk_Barton) January 3, 2014 Our take: Celebs have been out in full force this Big Ten Bowl season. Guest coach for

Q&A: Le'Veon Bell talks about MSU's Rose Bowl win

Former MSU and current Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was one of many former Spartan players who made the trip out to California to see MSU take on Stanford in the 100th annual Rose Bowl game. I caught up with the former All-Big Ten back after the Spartans memorable 24-20 Rose Bowl win. [ MORE:  DIENHART | AP RECAP | 2013-14 BOWL SCHEDULE | GALLERY | TWITTER ] BTN.com: Talk about the job Jeremy Langford did at running back this season and the confidence you had in him taking over for you at that position? Bell: I had a

#BTNLive asks: Is Big Ten bowl season a success yet?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Does Michigan State’s Rose Bowl victory win make the Big Ten’s bowl season a success to date? Your choices: #BTNSUCCESS or #BTNNOTYET Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #BTNSUCCESS #BTNNOTYET  

MSU's Elsworth, Spartans enjoy storybook ending

LOS ANGELES — Can every fairy tail season truly have a memorable storybook ending? If you saw what transpired during the 100th annual Rose Bowl Game on Wednesday night in Pasadena Ca., you have to believe that is true. What else could explain Michigan State’s unforgettable 24-20 win over Stanford and the performance of senior linebacker Kyler Elsworth. [ MORE:  DIENHART | AP RECAP | 2013-14 BOWL SCHEDULE | GALLERY | TWITTER ] You’re forgiven for asking, Kyler who? Before the suspension of senior captain and All-Big Ten linebacker Max Bullough, Elsworth was a footnote on opposing teams scouting reports. A former walk-on who earned a wrestling scholarship at Michigan State, Elsworth instead

Centennial Spartans: Michigan State wins 100th Rose Bowl

Big Ten champs. And Rose Bowl champs. What a season for Michigan State, which held off Stanford, 24-20, in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Wednesday night. In other Big Ten bowl action: Nebraska beat Georgia, while Iowa and Wisconsin lost to LSU and South Carolina, respectively. Catch up on all the stats, scores and top highlights in this post. [ MORE: View the 2013-14 bowl schedule | Polls: Pick your B1G winners ] MICHIGAN STATE 24, STANFORD 20 | AP RECAP | LIVE | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY | GALLERY (AP) Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and