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Player Rankings: A.J. Hammons plays his way back onto list

Bad news, Big Ten fans: Purdue's A.J. Hammons is starting to heat up. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week returns to Jess Settles' latest Big Ten Player Rankings, checking in at No. 6. The top 5 remains the same as last week.

It's time to see what's inside 2015-16 Big Ten bowl gift bags

Every year this comes out, and I love to check it out. It’s a look at the contents in the bowl goody bags given to players. And some of the loot is pretty sweet. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Watches, sandals, sunglasses, $300 gift cards to Best Buy … even something called a Ogio backack with hydration bladder. I guess I want one. I don’t know. Maybe. Check it all out. It’s a nice haul for

Michigan State takes over top spot in AP & Coaches polls

Tom Izzo and Michigan State are on a roll, winning their first nine games to open the 2015-16 campaign. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Spartans are playing so well that they are the new No. 1 team in the latest AP and Coaches polls, released Monday afternoon. Two other Big Ten teams are ranked in the polls: Maryland falls to No. 6 (AP) and No. 9 (Coaches) following its first loss of the season, at North Carolina, while Purdue checks at No. 11 in the

How did we do? Big Ten title game predictions revisited

Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten’s 10 bowl games, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Yahoo! writer Dan Wetzel and Big Ten fans did with their 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game predictions. Wetzel and BTN.com’s Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina picked the Spartans, while Big Ten fans and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart selected the Hawkeyes. See our title game picks and the latest standings below: Rotating Beat Writer: Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel), sports.yahoo.com 2015 record: 93-20 Big Ten title game: Michigan State 28, Iowa 17 Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) 2015 record: 92-21 Big Ten title game: Michigan

Tom Dienhart offers early take on Michigan State-Alabama matchup

I thought Michigan State would jump from No. 5 to No. 3 after it toppled unbeaten Iowa in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night in Indianapolis. And, the College Football Playoff committee did just that, setting up a meeting with No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl in a national semifinal game. [ MORE: View the full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Final CFP rankings ] No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in the other national semifinal game. This will be the Spartans’ first trip to the playoffs, which are in just their second

Six Big Ten teams ranked in final regular season AP, Coaches polls

The final regular season AP and Coaches Polls were released Sunday, and six Big Ten teams are ranked in both polls. [ MORE: Michigan State earns No. 3 seed in College Football Playoff | Tom Dienhart’s early Cotton Cotton Bowl primer ] Big Ten champion Michigan State, fresh off its comeback victory over previously undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game, paces the Big Ten at No. 4 (Coaches) and No. 3 (AP). Several Big Ten rivals are too far behind the Spartans, with Ohio State (No. 5/No. 7), Iowa (No. 7/No. 6) and Northwestern (No. 12/No. 12) all