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Major storyline for every Big Ten bowl game

Bowl season is officially here. Can you feel it, Big Ten fans? Minnesota will kick off the Big Ten bowl season on Friday night against Syracuse in the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium. The Gophers are one of seven Big Ten teams playing in bowl games this season. There has been plenty of news and notes leading up to bowl season, but what are the major storylines facing every Big Ten bowl team? Let’s have a look. Texas Bowl: Minnesota (8-4) vs. Syracuse (6-6),  Dec. 27, 6 p.m. ET Major storyline: Can Minnesota take the next step? Minnesota had a

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Let's watch 2013's top 10 B1G football games

The holidays can be a time for reflection, so over Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, BTN is airing our top 10 Big Ten football game from the past season. Five games air on Tuesday and the other five air on Wednesday. Over the past week BTN viewers and BTN.com readers voted for their favorite games, then we compiled the top 10 list. RANK AIRS (all times ET) GAME | HIGHLIGHTS No. 10: Dec. 24, Noon. Nebraska at Michigan – 11/9/13 | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS No. 9: Dec. 24, 2 p.m. Wisconsin at Ohio State – 9/28/13 | WATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Season Review: Tough to top Minnesota's 2013 story

Minnesota was one of the best stories in the nation in 2013, showing resiliency in the face of adversity as the team dealt with health issues to Jerry Kill that forced him to leave the program at one point. The reins were handed to defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys, who thrived as the acting head coach in keeping the team on course with Kill tending to the seizures that are brought on by his epilepsy. When Kill returned, he worked from the press box on game days. And behind a tough, physical offense and improved defense, the Gophers kept winning en

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Dienhart: Best of the Big Ten Bowls

So many bowls, so little time. That’s where I come in. Think of me as your bowl concierge. Time is precious. With that said, before you go ahead and make any bowl-watching plans, check out my Best of the Big Ten Bowls list. [ MORE: View our 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Best game: This will be the 100th Rose Bowl, so that’s a big posterity factor. Even better: This also may be a heck of a ballgame. Michigan State and Stanford are virtual clones in many ways. Each possesses a blue-collar quality, being built around physical offenses that like to

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Thursday links: Forbes.com ranks football teams

This is a great place to start daily links. Forbes.com has ranked the “most valuable” college football teams of 2013. A pretty interesting exercise. The most “valuable” Big Ten franchise: Michigan at No. 5. Next is Ohio State at No. 9; Nebraska No. 10; Penn State is No. 15; Wisconsin is No. 16. I guess I am a bit shocked that Ohio State isn’t No. 1 among Big Ten schools. I don’t care what metrics you use, how can the Buckeyes not be No. 1? Oh, well. It doesn’t really matter. *** The most emotional sports moment of the year?

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Three B1G stars in McShay's first ESPN Mock Draft

Snow is falling on the ground and college football bowl games are still several days away. With that said, our friends over at ESPN took this opportunity to put together their first 2014 NFL Mock Draft of the year. ESPN college football and NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay projected all 32 first round picks, based on team winning percentages through Week 15 of the NFL season. Three Big Ten standouts made the list, led by Michigan senior Taylor Lewan, who McShay has going No. 9 overall to the Buffalo Bills. “The Bills need to upgrade the O-line and provide QB

Dienhart: Ranking stars Big Ten will face in bowls

The Big Ten has seven teams in bowls. And there are some high-level opponents, including Stanford, Clemson, South Carolina and LSU. And one of the best parts of the bowl season is watching players you rarely get a chance to see compete vs. Big Ten foes. Here’s a ranking of the top 25 players Big Ten teams will face in the postseason. For what it’s worth, if Georgia’s Aaron Murray and LSU’s Zach Mettenberger weren’t out with knee injuries, each quarterback would have been high on this list. [ MORE: View our 2013-14 bowl schedule ] 1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE,

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15 Big Ten players named to AP All-America Team

The Associated Press released its 2013 AP All-America Team on Tuesday, and the Big Ten was well-represented. Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, both first-teamers, led a Big Ten contingent of 15 players. [ MORE: View the complete AP All-America Team ] FIRST TEAM LB: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State CB: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State SECOND TEAM T: Taylor Lewan, Michigan DT: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State LB: Chris Borland, Wisconsin THIRD TEAM RB: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska T: Jack Mewhort, Ohio State G: John Urschel, Penn State G: Ryan Groy, Wisconsin WR:

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Dienhart: My top 10 2013 football storylines

The Big Ten football season was filled with many headline-grabbing events in 2013. In fact, in some respects, it was a history-making year for the conference. Here are my top 10 storylines of 2013. [ MORE: View all of our end-of-the-year top 10 lists ] 1. New divisions, more games. From the day “Legends” and “Leaders” were hatched, the division names were widely reviled. The honchos in Big Ten HQ, listened. In April, the conference announced conventional “East” and “West” monikers and realigned accordingly for 2014 with Rutgers and Maryland coming aboard. Competitive balance was out; geography was in. The

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Clothes Call: A look back at new 2013 uniform designs

With the year quickly coming to a close, I decided to take a look at the new basketball and football uniform designs that debuted in 2013. Don’t worry, 2014 is certain to include just as many, if not more, new designs. Actually, I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. Either way, enjoy the look back. ILLINOIS Tim Beckman and Illinois showed off plenty of new designs in 2013. Prior to the season, the Illini unveiled a new orange primary helmet. It went on to wear a blue helmet, white jersey and blue pants combination for the first time ever,