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Around the web: Ranking 2013-14 bowl games

The 2013-14 bowl schedule has been released, and that means it’s time for the national pundits to rank the games, from 1 to 35. Regardless of the ranking, the Big Ten’s best bowls are all over the top of the lists. No surprise there. See where several sites ranked the Big Ten bowls in this post. [ MORE: Get all of our 2013-14 bowl coverage ] AthlonSports.com 2. Orange Bowl – Ohio State vs. Clemson 3. Rose Bowl Game – Michigan State vs. Stanford 5. Capital One Bowl – Wisconsin vs. South Carolina 12. Outback Bowl – Iowa vs. LSU

Dienhart: What's in your B1G team's bowl swag bag?

Street and Smith Sports Business Daily is out with its annual rundown of bowl swag. What is swag? I had a guy affiliated with the military tell me once that it stands for “stuff we all get.” And, well, the thick-necked Big Ten players are gonna get some nice “stuff.” Check out the items the players will find stuffed in their bowl goodie bags upon arrival at their postseason destinations. You won’t find any socks on this list—or giant pink bunny costumes from Aunt Clara. [ MORE: View the complete 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Texas Bowl Minnesota vs. Syracuse Fri.,

Tuesday links: Could football playoff go to 8 teams?

This is the last year for the BCS. Thank, goodness. A four-team playoff starts in 2014. But how soon will it give way to an eight-team playoff? David Jones of Pennlive.com thinks after the new 13-person College Football Playoff committee endures a couple of seasons trying to pick four participants, we’ll see another adjustment. Jones’ model makes sense: five major-conference champions, one mandated rep from among the six minor conferences and then two at-large berths will compose an 8-team tournament. Perfect. *** The Heisman Trophy winner will be unveiled on Saturday night in New York. And the six Heisman finalists

Dienhart: My 2013 All-Freshman Football Team

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was Big Ten Freshman of the Year last week. And, he’s the headliner on the 2013 BTN.com All-Freshman Team. Led by Hackenberg, Penn State has five players on the squad, pacing all schools. Nebraska has four. It was a strong year for tight ends, the most difficult spot to pick. Among the promising youngsters are Minnesota’s Maxx Williams, Michigan’s Jake Butt, Penn State’s Adam Breneman, Michigan State’s Josiah Price and Nebraska’s Cethan Carter. In addition to Hackenberg, the Big Ten has good youngsters under center in Purdue’s Danny Etling and Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong, Jr. And

Dienhart: My quick take on Big Ten bowls

The Big Ten bowl matchups have been announced. And there are some interesting clashes. The Big Ten failed to get a team in the BCS title game for the sixth season in a row, but there are two teams in BCS bowls. Here’s a quick look at the seven Big Ten bowl matchups. [ MORE: View the complete 2013-14 college football bowl schedule ] Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. Stanford The Spartans are in Pasadena for the first time since the 1987 season, when they beat USC. Michigan State will be tested by a good Stanford team led by rising

View 2013-14 Big Ten bowl matchups

The 2013-14 bowl schedule was announced Sunday night, and the Big Ten received two BCS bowl berths. Big Ten champion Michigan State is headed to the Rose Bowl to play Stanford, while Leaders Division champion Ohio State is off to the Orange Bowl to take on Clemson. Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin also received bowl bids. See the Big Ten’s full bowl slate in this post. [ MORE: View our 2013-14 bowl schedule page ] Big Ten Bowls Bowl Location Date (All ET)/TV Result Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Michigan vs. Kansas State Tempe, AZ Sun Devil Stadium Sat., Dec.

Bowl Projections: Here's our guy's final 2013 list

Soon the official bowl pairings will be announced. Here are my last projections. The big change is Ohio State falling from the BCS title game to the Orange Bowl, and Michigan State rising to the Rose Bowl. So, the Big Ten will have two BCS bowl teams but will have to wait another year to win a national title. [ MORE: Twitter: Ex-Spartans react to B1G title win | Watch Spartans celebrate ] Rose Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. BCS/Pac-12): Michigan State vs. Stanford Orange Bowl, Jan. 3: (ACC vs. BCS): Ohio State vs. Clemson Capital One Bowl, Jan.

Video: Big Ten football images of the year

What a year for Big Ten football teams. There were plenty of ups and downs to go around. Now have a look at this slick video from our Big Ten Football Championship Pregame Show. It captures the football images of the year across the Big Ten Conference. Big Ten Conference Standings Leaders Conference Overall vs W-L PF PA Home Road W-L PF PA Home Road Top 25 x-Ohio State 8-0 368 182 4-0 4-0 12-0 578 243 7-0 5-0 2-0 Wisconsin 6-2 279 129 3-1 3-1 9-3 429 178 6-1 3-2 1-1 Penn State 4-4 211 256 3-1 1-3 7-5

Video: Go inside Michigan-Ohio State game

When a TV show says it will take you behind the scenes at an event, that can mean many things. But our show “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013,” presented by Best Buy always delivers on this promise, and we present the video in this post as the latest proof. Wednesday night’s debut of the latest “Journey” episode took you inside last Saturday’s Michigan-Ohio State game, so watch the start of this clip and see how intense it got between both teams before the game even started. Our “Journey” crew will be all over the Big Ten Football Championship in

BTN LiveBIG: Marlin Jackson helping kids beat the odds

In the United States, 22 percent of children under the age of 17 live in poverty, 36 percent live in single- or no-parent households, and 46 percent live in inadequate housing. Former University of Michigan defensive back Marlin Jackson was once a textbook example of the large number of underserved youth in this country. Now, Jackson is devoting his post-football career to helping other kids overcome similar struggles he went through. Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio and Sharon, Pa., he never knew his father. His mother struggled with drug addiction. He spent different periods of his youth being raised by