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Power Rankings: Ohio State ascends four spots after UK win

It’s the final week of non-conference play. That’s right, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, the Big Ten conference season tips off. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Before the games really start to count, and before you check out for the holiday break, it’s time to share my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Editor’s note: All records are through Sunday, Dec. 20 action. See my latest list below: 1. Michigan State (12-0). Tom Izzo is still working

Big Ten football beat writers pick most valuable players

With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season less than a week away, it’s time to relive the season from the perspective of Big Ten beat writers. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] BTN.com recently asked a beat writer for every team to answer the same four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Today’s topic: Most valuable players. Previously,

Tom Dienhart shares his Big Ten bowl confidence picks

How about some bowl picks based on confidence in my selections? Sure! You know the drill. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Here are my Big Ten bowl picks based on confidence, from most confident in the pick (10) to least (1). 10. Ohio State over Notre Dame, Fiesta Bowl 9. USC over Wisconsin, Holiday Bowl 8. Michigan over Florida, Citrus Bowl 7. Georgia over Penn State, TaxSlayer Bowl 6. Minnesota

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Nebraska's 2015 season

The excitement that surrounded the arrival of Mike Riley from Oregon State evaporated quickly in the wake of myriad close losses that caused stomachs to turn on an almost weekly basis across the state. Each Saturday seemingly brought another round of misery, as iffy decisions, a lack of execution and personnel shortcomings conspired to sully Riley’s debut. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Still, despite a 5-7 record, the Huskers found

Watch Samford bench celebrate 3-pointer with 'field goal'

With Monmouth and its highly popular “Bench Mob” on the Big Ten schedule Sunday afternoon, we knew there would be plenty of bench celebrations on BTN. [ MORE: Track Samford at Nebraska | Watch the game on BTN2Go ] @MonmouthBench was up to the task in its win at 73-67 win Rutgers. In fact, check out some of its best celebrations in the Vine at the bottom of this post. What we did not expect was a well-executed choreographed celebration in the Samford-Nebraska game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Channeling its inner-Monmouth, the Bulldogs pulled off the perfect celebration to a

National champion Nebraska returns home to Lincoln

Hours after Nebraska swept Texas (25-23, 25-23, 25-21) in the national final Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska, it returned to Lincoln, NCAA championship trophy in hand, to a throng of adoring fans Sunday.

Big Ten football beat writers pick most improved players

With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season less than a week away, it’s time to relive the season from the perspective of Big Ten beat writers. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] BTN.com recently asked a beat writer for every team to answer the same four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Today’s topic: Most improved players. Yesterday,

BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska competition serves up a movable feast

It’s an all-out burn down the straightaway. University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering students pit vehicle vs. vehicle, vying for glory on a length of track that’s seen vanquished competitors literally fall to pieces. Whose design will reign supreme? Whose will go the extra “mile”? Which car will emerge victorious in the epic battle of hot-rod potato vs. pickle-mobile? “The Incredible, Edible Car Competition (IECC) has been run for 11 years,” said Dr. Mark Riley, head of the Biological Systems Engineering department, which oversees the event along with the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. “It was conceived as an exercise

Nebraska wins 2015 NCAA Volleyball national championship

The Nebraska Huskers are your 2015 NCAA volleyball champions! The Huskers claimed the school’s first NCAA crown since 2006 with an incredible 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-21) victory over Texas on Saturday night in Omaha. The win marks Nebraska’s fourth NCAA volleyball title in school history. It also gives Nebraska a total of 98 NCAA Tornament wins, which ranks second in the nation behind Stanford. With the victory, the Big Ten has now won seven NCAA titles in the last nine years, as Penn State has won six of the last nine championships. Here is a look at some of the

Nebraska eyes fourth national title tonight vs. Texas

Expect a lot of red tonight at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. [ MORE: View interactive NCAA tourney bracket | Follow @Huskervball for updates ] No. 4 seed Nebraska will be in its red uniform for the 2015 women’s volleyball final vs. No. 3 Texas at 7:30 p.m. ET, and a pro-Nebraska record crowd is expected at the arena, located just an hour northeast of Nebraska’s campus. An NCAA tourney-record 17,551 fans filled CenturyLink Center for Thursday’s semifinal games between Nebraska and Kansas and Minnesota and Texas. NCAA.com expects another sell out tonight. Nebraska will have the fans behind it