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Dienhart: Predicting the Big Ten Race ... of 2012

The 2011 season was barely punctuated, and the 2012 football polls were already coming out. LSU looks like a consensus pick for No. 1, but the Big Ten is well represented. In the five polls I found, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin all were ranked. And Nebraska appeared in all but one poll. Ohio State, which is ineligible to win the Big Ten title or play in a bowl in 2012 because of probation, is in two polls.

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Dienhart: My Big Ten Bowl Honor Roll

The bowl season is over, with the Big Ten forging a 4-6 mark in the postseason. Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Illinois all scored victories. Wisconsin and Ohio State lost close games, while Northwestern’s comeback against  Texas A&M came up just short and Iowa fell as well. Penn State? Nebraska? Maybe they will do better next season. Here’s a look at the best of the bowl season in my Honor Roll. Tell me what you think in the comments at the end of my post.

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Dienhart: Breaking down the Car Care Bowl

Throughout the bowl season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts on the Big Ten’s record 10 bowl games. Find Dienhart’s reaction to Northwestern’s loss to Texas A&M in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Saturday afternoon in this post.

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Northwestern rally falls short against Texas A&M

(AP) Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and a touchdown and Ben Malena ran for two more scores to lead Texas A&M to a 33-22 win over Northwestern on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Northwestern led 7-3 early in the second quarter before A&M reeled off 27 straight points to take a decisive lead and then fight off a late rally to capture its first bowl victory since 2001.Texas A&M broke a five-game bowl losing streak in a win the team dedicated to fired coach Mike Sherman and offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio, who was killed in a car accident last week. Northwestern hasn’t won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl, a span of nine losses. Read the full AP recap, get Tom Dienhart’s reaction, see box score and the play-by-play and check out our photo gallery.

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Photos: 2011 Car Care Bowl

We posted some of the best photos from the Meineke Car Care Bowl between Northwestern and Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies held off the Wildcats, 33-22. Read the AP recap and see the entire galley in this post. All photos courtesy of U.S. Presswire.

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