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

When 2015 dawned, questions loomed over Northwestern. The Wildcats went 10-3 in 2012, winning their first bowl since the 1948 season. But consecutive 5-7 seasons followed. Could Pat Fitzgerald get a program seemingly rocked by a highly-publicized effort to unionize back on track? On the field, had Northwestern gone soft? All is well now in the wake of a 10-win season and a New Year’s Day bowl trip as one of the most surprising teams not just in the Big Ten—but in the nation. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls |

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

Outback Bowl preview: Fitz, NU look for revenge vs. Tennessee

Hard to believe 19 years have passed since Peyton Manning—yes, THAT Peyton Manning—led Tennessee to a 48-28 vs. Northwestern in a New Year’s Day Bowl in Florida. Pat Fitzgerald couldn’t stop Manning on that day in the Citrus Bowl as a BMOC linebacker for the Wildcats. No shame in that. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, Fitz has another crack at the Volunteers—this time as one of the Big Ten’s

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,

Big Ten hoops roundup: Indiana, Ohio State card big victories

Ten Big Ten men’s basketball teams were in action Saturday. [ MORE: Relive all of Saturday’s results on our Big Ten scoreboard ] Indiana used a 17-2 run down the stretch to rally past Notre Dame, 80-73, in the first game of the Crossroad Classic, and previously struggling Ohio State stunned No. 4 Kentucky, 74-67, to highlight the day’s action. Catch up on all of the results below: MICHIGAN STATE 78, NORTHEASTERN 58 BOX | PBP | AP RECAP Denzel Valentine scored 17 points, Bryn Forbes added 12 and No. 1 Michigan State matched the best start in school history

Big Ten football beat writers pick 2015 top plays/moments

With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season exactly one 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 four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Up first: Top play/moment. Coming up: Most improved player,

Report: Michigan football leads nation in attendance this year

Michigan football’s 16-year run of leading the nation in attendance was ended by Ohio State last season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, it looks like the Wolverines have returned atop the leader board. According to CBSSports.com, Michigan was the leader in attendance this season, averaging 110,168 fans per game in 2015, a five-percent increase from 2014. Ohio State ranked second in the nation in attendance this season with an