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Vote for Big Ten Football Game of the Year

The 2013 college football regular season is in the books. That means it’s time to hit the rewind button and take a look back at the top Big Ten football games of 2013. This past season included many memorable moments– Penn State’s quadruple-overtime win over Michigan, Nebraska’s Hail Mary to beat Northwestern, and Michigan State’s unforgettable victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. But now, we ask, which game was the best? Cast your vote here: Week 1: Penn State 23, Syracuse 17 Week 2: Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30 Week 3: Michigan 28, Akron 24 Week

#BTNLive asks: Who needs a bowl win the most?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which non-BCS bowl team needs a bowl win the most? The options: #BTNBadgers, #BTNHawkeyes, #BTNCornhuskers, #BTNWolverines or #BTNGophers Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #BTNBadgers #BTNHawkeyes #BTNCornhuskers #BTNWolverines #BTNGophers  

Texas Bowl Preview: Minnesota vs. Syracuse

If Minnesota is disappointed to be going to Houston, it isn’t showing it. The Gophers probably deserved a better destination. But the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl opted for 7-5 Michigan over 8-4 Nebraska; and the Gator Bowl tabbed Nebraska over Minnesota. Regardless, this is the Golden Gophers second bowl in a row under Jerry Kill. They played in this bowl last season when it was dubbed the Meineke Car Care Bowl and lost to Texas Tech on a last-second field goal, 31-28. In fact, Minnesota has lost its last five bowls, last winning a postseason game in 2004 when it

Best of The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013

The season finale of The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013 will air tonight at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. The episode will feature all the build-up and storylines leading into the Big Ten Football Championship Game in Indianapolis between Leaders Division Champion Ohio State and Legends Division Champion Michigan State. Here is a look back at some of the top Journey moments from this year. 1. Episode 9: The Journey goes behind the scenes of college football’s most prestigious rivalry – Michigan vs. Ohio State. 2. Episode 7: Find out how Michigan State senior Darqueze Dennard went from an unknown

Dienhart: All-Big Ten Assistant Coaching Team

Head coaches get plenty of accolades and awards. The players? They have myriad trophies they can win and postseason all-league teams they can be named to. But what about the assistant coaches? It’s time to shine the spotlight on the guys at heart of every program’s engine. Here is my annual All-Big Ten Assistant Coaching Team. [ MORE: View the 2013-14 bowl schedule ] OFFENSE Coordinator: Tom Herman, Ohio State. The 38-year-old Wunderkind continues to impress. He cut his teeth as coordinator at Rice and Iowa State. His star is soaring in Columbus, pushing the buttons for the Big Ten’s

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

Minnesota to debut new helmet in Texas Bowl

Minnesota announced Monday that it will wear a new white alternate helmet in the Texas Bowl vs. Syracuse. The helmet features a maroon facemask and stripe down the middle, and has the Minnesota “M” logo on the right side and player numbers on the left side. See the helmet in this post. [ MORE: View the full 2013-14 bowl schedule ] White helmets #Gophers will wear at @TexasBowl pic.twitter.com/pp4UVbmKYv — Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) December 9, 2013 Not bad. Another cool feature: The stripe down the middle of the lid incorporates Minnesota’s brick pattern. The new helmet honors Minnesota’s history, as