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Week 12: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After 11 weeks, it’s Dienhart and BTN.com fans tied for the top spot, four games ahead of Yarina. See our Week 12 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 63-21; .750 BTN.com fans: 63-21; .750 Brent: 59-25; .702 [RELATED: Week 12 Power Rankings | Week 12 Player Rankings | Week 12 Bowl Projections] Indiana (4-6, 2-4) at Penn State (6-4, 4-2)

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week.  Also @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online Tuesday mornings. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke:  Listen to Coach Pat Fitzgerald:  Listen to Coach Bo Pelini:  Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio:  Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz:  Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: 

Bowl projections: Irish vs. Huskers in Rose Bowl

This much we know: Wisconsin will play either Nebraska or Michigan in the Big Ten title game. All three are coming off wins and figure to land nice bowl slots, regardless of what the matchup ends up being in Indianapolis. A big winner on Saturday was Minnesota, which became bowl eligible for the first time since 2009 with a win at Illinois. The other big winner over the weekend was Purdue. The Boilermakers’ 27-24 win at Iowa was victory No. 4 and it broke a five-game losing skid. It also fuels the chances for Purdue to get to a bowl

Week 12 Power Rankings: Badgers ascend after rout

The top of the power rankings didn’t get shaken up, but Wisconsin made a move from No. 6 to No. 4 following its emphatic victory at Indiana that clinched the Leaders Division’s spot in the Big Ten championship game. Where do I have your Big Ten team ranked? Find out in this post. [RELATED: Week 12 Big Ten Player Rankings] 1. Ohio State (10-0, 6-0). Deep breath, Buckeyes. You need two more wins for perfection. But two big hurdles remain: at Wisconsin and vs. Michigan. Hope you enjoyed your Saturday off. You’ll need to be rested. Last week: 1 Next:

How did we do? Week 11 picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 12, it’s time to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 11 predictions. Dienhart and BTN.com fans both went 4-1 to remain tied atop the standings, while I went 3-2 to fall four back. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 63-21; .750 BTN.com fans: 63-21; .750 Brent: 59-25; .702 Purdue 27, Iowa 24 Tom’s pick: Iowa, 33-13 – Hide the women and children. Combined, these teams have eight losses in a row. And each is fighting for its bowl life. But the Hawkeyes have more fight than the Boilermakers, who

Kirkwood, Gophers top Illini, get bowl eligible

It wasn’t pretty, but Minnesota was good enough in a 17-3 win over Illinois on Saturday. In a battle of sluggish offenses, Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood did most of the work, rushing for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Kirkwood’s 3-yard run in the third quarter broke a 3-3 tie. He scored on a 12-yard run late in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory, giving his team its fourth straight win at Illinois. Minnesota (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten) became bowl eligible for the first time since 2009, and won for the second time in three tries. Illinois (2-8, -6)

3rd quarter recap: Minnesota 10, Illinois 3

Minnesota held Illinois to three total yards during the third quarter and the Golden Gophers now lead 10-3. Minnesota held the Fighting Illini to one yard on the ground during the quarter. A nine-play, 49-yard scoring drive by the Golden Gophers snapped the 3-3 standstill, as Donnell Kirkwood turned a handoff into a three-yard touchdown. Marcus Jones’ punt return set Minnesota up to start the drive. Pass plays were an afterthought for the Golden Gophers, as Minnesota threw just two passes on that drive. The Golden Gophers’ Kirkwood hit 100 yards rushing for the game in the quarter, part of

2nd quarter recap: Illinois 3, Minnesota 3

Minnesota’s Donnell Kirkwood ran for 73 yards in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 3-3 at the end of the second. The Golden Gophers tied things up at three when a 10-play, 75-yard drive ended after Jordan Wettstein made a 20-yard field goal. Minnesota’s drive was keyed by Kirkwood’s 48-yard run. Despite driving to Illinois’ three-yard line, the Golden Gophers had to settle for a field goal. Minnesota kept the ball on the ground during the drive, throwing only one pass. The Fighting Illini will start the second half with the ball. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX

1st quarter recap: Illinois 3, Minnesota 0

Fans were treated to more punts than points in the first quarter, and Illinois leads 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. The teams’ stale offenses boomed a total of four punts in the quarter. The Fighting Illini scored when Nick Immekus kicked a 19-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 89-yard drive, giving Illinois the game’s first lead. The Fighting Illini used Nathan Scheelhaase’s 49-yard pass to fuel the drive. Illinois’ drive stalled at Minnesota’s one-yard line and the Fighting Illini settled for a field goal. Illinois has possession on its own 21-yard line to start the second

Week 11: We predict all five Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After 10 weeks, it’s Dienhart and BTN.com fans tied for the top spot, three games ahead of Yarina. See our Week 11 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 11 Power Rankings | Week 11 Player Rankings | Week 11 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 59-20; .747 BTN.com fans: 59-20; .747 Brent: 56-23; .709 Purdue (3-6, 0-5) at Iowa (4-5, 2-3)