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12 for 12: A dozen 2012 Predictions

Michigan State's William Gholston

Keith Appling: One-on-One

Predictions. Everyone has them, and rarely do people prognosticate correctly. As the saying goes, that’s why they play the game. I’ve been burned with predictions several times, the most recent one coming when I said Illinois was for real and a Rose Bowl contender. We all know how that turned out! With the calendar flipping to 2012 Sunday, it’s time to offer up some more educated guesses, posted in a multiple choice test format to give it a different wrinkle. Feel free to post your answers or fill in your “other” selection in the comment box. The predictions are listed in chronological order and, just for clarity, many of the football ones take into account likely early NFL departures.

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No. 16 Michigan drops Penn State, 71-53

Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr.

Penn State at Michigan - Men's Basketball Highlights

(AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 26 points, and freshman Trey Burke added 13 points and seven assists to lead No. 18 Michigan over Penn State 71-53 on Thursday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Evan Smotrycz chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (11-2, 1-0), who have won six straight since losing to Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Michigan won its conference opener for the first time in coach John Beilein’s five seasons. Tim Frazier had 20 points and four assists for Penn State (8-6, 0-1). Read the full AP recap and see the box score.

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Dienhart: Big Ten, Pac-12 pose many possibilities

Jim Delany

Big Ten Blast: Dec. 28th Morning Edition

How exciting would it be to see Wisconsin play USC in the Rose Bowl to kick off a season? Well, It could happen under a new partnership announced today by the Big Ten and Pac-12 that will include inter-conference scheduling across all sports as well as cross-promotion on each league’s TV network.

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3 future Big Ten players make Rivals 1st Team

Rivals.com’s Dallas Jackson released his 2011 RivalsHigh.com All-American Team on Wednesday, and a few future Big Ten talents made the cut. All three of the honorees play defense: Five-star defensive end Noah Spence (Ohio State) and four-star linebackers Vince Biegel (Wisconsin) and James Ross (Michigan). See Rivals.com’s entire All-American team. The team includes 11 players who are currently undecided, so there could be more future Big Ten products on the list.

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Enter For Chance at Big Ten Tourney Trip

Maybe you say it every year: This is the season that I’ll go to the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. Or maybe you go every year and you’re feeling lucky. Now’s the time to enter the Buffalo Wild Wings Trip To The Big Ten Tournament Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2012 Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis. The prize package includes tickets to all of the tournament games, flights to Indianapolis, and hotel accommodations. Enter over on our BTN contest page.

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Nine Big Ten products make NFL Pro Bowl

Nine Big Ten products were named to the NFL Pro Bowl on Tuesday, highlighted by quarterbacks Tom Brady (Michigan) and Drew Brees (Purdue). Brees, of course, broke Dan Marino’s 27-year-old record for passing yards in a season Monday night (read more about the record!). The other former Big Ten players joining the QB’s include: T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), T Jake Long (Michigan), C Nick Mangold (Ohio State), G Marshal Yanda (Iowa), LB Tamba Hali (Penn State), G Carl Nicks (Nebraska) and DB Charles Woodson (Michigan). See the Pro Bowl rosters.

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Week 16 Big Ten NFL Stats

Week 16 of the NFL season is in the books, and Big Ten products compiled impressive numbers. All season long, use our Big Ten NFL Stat Tracker to see how ex-Big Ten stars perform. Simply click on a player’s name, and the link will lead you to his NFL.com game log. Every Tuesday, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances, plus links to their NFL.com highlights. See Brent’s Week 16 winners in this post.

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