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Week 12 Player Rankings: Ball moves on up

It’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Montee Ball moved up a couple spots following his incredible effort at Indiana, and there’s a new name making the list on the defensive side. Who is it? Find out in this post. Remember, this feature ranks the Big Ten’s top six offensive and defensive players. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s Week 12 Power Rankings ] OFFENSE 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State – Fresh off a bye week, the Big Ten’s most dynamic player should enter the home

Week 12 Power Rankings: Badgers ascend after rout

The top of the power rankings didn’t get shaken up, but Wisconsin made a move from No. 6 to No. 4 following its emphatic victory at Indiana that clinched the Leaders Division’s spot in the Big Ten championship game. Where do I have your Big Ten team ranked? Find out in this post. [RELATED: Week 12 Big Ten Player Rankings] 1. Ohio State (10-0, 6-0). Deep breath, Buckeyes. You need two more wins for perfection. But two big hurdles remain: at Wisconsin and vs. Michigan. Hope you enjoyed your Saturday off. You’ll need to be rested. Last week: 1 Next:

Big Ten Tales: Tony Banks talks MSU

What was it like playing for Nick Saban at Michigan State before his days coaching in the NFL and SEC? Former Michigan State quarterback Tony Banks experienced that firsthand during his senior season with the Spartans. I sat down with Banks at the Big Ten Network after he finished shooting a segment of “BTN Football Report” and asked him to tell me some of his best memories from his playing days at Michigan State in my latest installment of “Big Ten Tales.” Banks was a standout athlete growing up and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins out of high school.

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

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

Bowl projections: Six Big Ten teams on Week 11 list

No changes at the top of my bowl projections this week with Nebraska and Michigan taking care of business, and Wisconsin and Northwestern being off. But the “lower-tier” bowls are in flux. I don’t have Purdue, Iowa or Indiana in my projections, meaning the Big Ten will fill just six of its eight bowl slots. The 3-6 Boilermakers—losers of five in a row–must win out to get bowl eligible, finishing at Iowa, at Illinois, vs. Indiana. Not likely to happen. [RELATED: Week 11 Power Rankings | Week 11 Player Rankings] Iowa (4-5) needs two more wins vs. a slate that

Week 11 Player Rankings: OSU's Hyde, Shazier debut

It’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. There are a couple of names making their debut on this week’s list, and both play in Columbus, Ohio. What other movement was there? Find out in this post. Remember, this feature ranks the Big Ten’s top six offensive and defensive players. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. [RELATED: Week 11 Power Rankings ] OFFENSE 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State – Going up against a struggling Illinois defense, it was pretty much a guarantee Miller would do his share of damage

How did we do? Week 10 picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 11, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 10 predictions. Believe it or not, we all went a perfect 5-0 in a week that, to be honest, wasn’t littered with many tough games. So, we’ll enter Week 11 with BTN.com fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 59-20; .747 BTN.com fans: 59-20; .747 Brent: 56-23; .709 Michigan 35, Minnesota 13 Tom’s pick: Michigan, 29-28 – The Wolverines’ superior defense will be the difference in what will be a back-and-forth battle

Week 11 Power Rankings: Don't sleep on Indiana

Not a lot of movement in my latest Power Rankings following Week 10 of the season, as Ohio State and Nebraska retained possession of the top two spots. Indiana was the biggest mover, as it continued to turn heads with a home win over Iowa. See where all 12 teams land this week in this post. 1. Ohio State (10, 6-0). The Buckeyes moved to 10-0 with a 52-22 win over Illinois. Now, Ohio State has a week off to prep for the last two games. And they are biggies: at Wisconsin and vs. Michigan. Can Ohio State finish the

Tom's Top 10: Would OSU beat other perfect teams?

Another week is in the books. The AP and Coaches polls are out. Now, it’s time to release my Top 10 for the week. Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the whatever-the-heck-I-feel-like-looking-at as I glance back on Saturday from my Sunday perch. 1. Is there a more thrilling team in the nation than Nebraska? In fact, it is No. 1 on the Cardiac Poll. The Cornhuskers are making a habit of rallying for thrilling wins. There was a 17-point comeback vs. Wisconsin; a 12-point comeback at Northwestern; a 10-point comeback at Michigan State. Keep those digitalis handy,

Nebraska stuns Michigan State in final seconds

Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner with 6 seconds left, giving No. 21 Nebraska a 28-24 win over Michigan State on Saturday night that kept the Cornhuskers tied with Michigan atop the Big Ten Legends Division. [RELATED: Dienhart: “This looks like it will be Nebraska’s year”] The Cornhuskers scored two touchdowns in the final 7:02 to erase a 24-14 deficit. The winning score was set up by a pass interference call in the end zone on Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard, which gave Nebraska the ball at the 5 when the Cornhuskers would have otherwise had to