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Week 12 Player Rankings: Ball moves on up

It’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Montee Ball moved up a couple spots following his incredible effort at Indiana, and there’s a new name making the list on the defensive side. Who is it? Find out in this post. Remember, this feature ranks the Big Ten’s top six offensive and defensive players. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s Week 12 Power Rankings ] OFFENSE 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State – Fresh off a bye week, the Big Ten’s most dynamic player should enter the home

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

Nebraska rallies, again, takes down Penn State

Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner for Nebraska’s first lead, and the No. 18 Cornhuskers overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit for the fourth time this season in a 32-23 victory over Penn State on Saturday. Ameer Abdullah ran for 116 yards on a career-high 31 carries, and Martinez finished with 104 yards as the Huskers pounded away on the ground on a windy afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten), down 14 points at half, got TD runs of 1 and 2 yards from Imani Cross to tie it at 20. Martinez threw

3rd quarter recap: Penn State 23, Nebraska 20

Nebraska’s Imani Cross ran for two touchdowns in the third quarter, but the Cornhuskers still trail Penn State, 23-20, entering the fourth quarter. Late deficits are nothing new to Nebraska, though, as it has rallied for a win in the final 15 minutes an FBS record three times in Big Ten play. Nebraska made the score 20-13 after Cross turned a handoff into a one-yard touchdown to finish off a 75-yard drive. The Cornhuskers tied the game at 20 after Cross ran two yards to paydirt to end a two-play, four-yard drive. Nebraska started in good field position when Daimion

2nd quarter recap: Penn State 20, Nebraska 6

Sam Ficken drilled two field goals, and Penn State now leads 20-6. The Nittany Lions held Nebraska to 13 yards through the air during the quarter. Penn State is currently on a 13-point run. An 84-yard drive that ended when Brett Maher made a 27-yard field goal helped the Cornhuskers narrow the deficit to 7-6. Nebraska threw just one time during that march downfield. The Nittany Lions opened up the lead, 10-6, after marching down the field for a seven-play, 26-yard drive that ended when Ficken drilled a 27-yard field goal. Jesse Della Valle’s punt return set Penn State up

1st quarter recap: Penn State 7, Nebraska 3

Penn State’s passing attack has looked sharp over the first 15 minutes of action, with 90 yards, and the Nittany Lions lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State’s Zach Zwinak ran for 59 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, although he did have a costly fumble in Nebraska territory. The Nittany Lions got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a four-play, 74-yard drive that ended in a score when Zwinak pounded in a 50-yard touchdown run. No. 16 Nebraska closed the gap to 7-3 when Brett Maher kicked a 32-yard field goal to put a

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)

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, all 12 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. Listen to Coach Tim Beckman:  Listen to Coach Kevin Wilson:  Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz:  Listen to Coach Brady Hoke:  Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio:  Listen to Coach Jerry Kill:  Listen to Coach Bo Pelini:  Listen

Bowl projections: Six Big Ten teams on Week 11 list

No changes at the top of my bowl projections this week with Nebraska and Michigan taking care of business, and Wisconsin and Northwestern being off. But the “lower-tier” bowls are in flux. I don’t have Purdue, Iowa or Indiana in my projections, meaning the Big Ten will fill just six of its eight bowl slots. The 3-6 Boilermakers—losers of five in a row–must win out to get bowl eligible, finishing at Iowa, at Illinois, vs. Indiana. Not likely to happen. [RELATED: Week 11 Power Rankings | Week 11 Player Rankings] Iowa (4-5) needs two more wins vs. a slate that