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Week 12 previews: Five games on tap for Saturday

This Saturday features some intriguing clashes. All eyes will be on Lincoln, Neb., for Michigan State’s visit to Nebraska in what essentially is a de facto Legends Division championship game. If you aren’t stoked, then I feel sorry for you. Other Big Ten fans will fixate on the Michigan at Northwestern game. Like a car crash, we won’t be able to take our eyes off a game that features two desperate teams. Who will rise up in the face of adversity? Here is a look at each game this Saturday. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag |

Michigan QB Franklin in 'TIEBREAKER': 'We were denied'

Dennis Franklin vividly recalls many details from the 1973 Michigan football season when he played as the Wolverines quarterback. Why not? Michigan had a special team in a special season that forever changed the Big Ten, as documented in the BTN Originals film “TIEBREAKER” airing this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. I spoke with Franklin during a dinner this past summer that featured several of the key players from that game. Here is Franklin in his own words on the Wolverines and the epic Ohio State-Michigan game. “I was from Massillon, Ohio, and Woody Hayes recruited me hard. I was

#BTNLive talks 'Tiebreaker' with Cornelius Green

On Tuesday night’s #BTNLive, hosted by Mike Hall, Stanley Jackson and Jon Jansen, former Ohio State quarterback Cornelius Green (once “Greene”) talked about his perspective on the 1973 Ohio State-Michigan game, which will be featured in the upcoming BTN Originals documentary “Tiebreaker.” Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri also joined the show. Aranda told Hall who the unsung heroes of the Wisconsin defense are and talked about the challenge the unit faces this weekend against Indiana. Canzeri discussed his breakout performance against Purdue. Listen to all three interviews in this post. Listen to the #BTNLive

Mailbag: Our expert tackles your questions

The cards and letters keep coming in. Thanks. And, by the look of things, many of you are excited about what Minnesota is doing. No doubt, to be 8-2 and riding a four-game winning streak is pretty incredible. Michigan has many flummoxed. And Nebraska’s rise has stirred the masses. Let me dig in on answering some of your letters. Let’s get to your notes. And if you have new questions – football or basketball –  scroll down to the bottom. I read all of my mail. I’m also on Twitter via @BTNTomDienhart. As far as skill positions (QB, RB, WR,

'Tiebreaker:' How 1973 OSU-Michigan changed Big Ten

Randy Gradishar walks off the elevator wearing a snappy sport coat from the 1974 Rose Bowl and a necklace of buckeyes draped around his neck. The former Ohio State linebacking great seems pleased with himself. “Check that out,” says former Michigan quarterback Dennis Franklin, eyeing Gradishar’s jacket. “Did you get that for going to the Rose Bowl?” Gradishar nods and laughs. And so it goes all night during this gathering of old rivals in the Blackwell Hotel located in the shadow of Ohio Stadium. Members of the 1973 Buckeyes and Wolverines are here to reminisce about their epic battle 40

Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

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 for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke:  Listen to Coach Gary Andersen:  Listen to Coach Bo Pelini:  Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio:  Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz:  Listen to Coach Jerry Kill:  Listen to

Bowl Projections: Ohio State still smelling roses

Ohio State saw its stock rise in the BCS standings—and it didn’t even play. Oregon’s loss to Stanford on Thursday allowed the Buckeyes to move from No. 4 to No. 3 in the BCS standings, one spot closer to being in position to play for the national championship. Will Ohio State get there? No. 1 Alabama has some tough games left, including a game at Auburn. No. 2 Florida State doesn’t really have any scary games left. Bottom line: There is still hope for the Buckeyes, but they will need help even if they win out. For Wisconsin to be

Spencer: OSU would wipe field with 'Bama, FSU

(AP) Bring on `Bama. Florida State, too. Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer made it clear Monday that he believes the Buckeyes are better than No. 3. Spencer had a chance to watch two-time defending national champion Alabama and second-ranked Florida State last weekend while the Buckeyes had an open date. “I guess I’m a little biased but I think we’d wipe the field with both of them,” said Spencer with a chuckle. The junior, who is the son of former Ohio State and NFL player and coach Tim Spencer, added, “That’s just my bias speaking.” Actually, Spencer didn’t mention

Power Rankings: Where is Michigan this week?

With two of my top three teams off this Saturday in No. 1 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan State, the top of my power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, didn’t change much. In fact, the rankings only got tweaked, as no big upsets took place. But with MSU playing at Nebraska next week, big changes could be coming. [ MORE: Check out the latest college football polls ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (9-0, 5-0). The Buckeyes were hoping to have their BCS title game hopes lifted during a bye week. And, they did, with Oregon falling to Stanford.

Idle Ohio State moves up to No. 3 in BCS Standings

Idle Ohio State moved up to No. 3 in the latest BCS Standings following then-No. 2 Oregon’s loss at Stanford. The Buckeyes (.8926), who trail No. 1 Alabama (.9958) and No. 2 Florida State (.9619), had been stuck at No. 4 in each of the poll’s first three installments. Michigan State and Wisconsin come in at No. 16 and No. 22, respectively. See all the polls in this post. BCS Standings Rankings as of 11/10/2013 Rank School Total Prev Rank 1 Alabama (9-0) .9958 1 2 Florida State (9-0) .9619 2 3 Ohio State (9-0) .8926 4 4 Stanford (8-1)