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Top Big Ten football, basketball coach, athletic director trios

December is here, which means the college football season is coming to a close and basketball is in full swing. [ MORE: Track all of our 2015 Big Ten Championship coverage ] The Big Ten is set to crown a conference champion in football this weekend as Iowa takes on Michigan State in the fifth annual Big Ten title game. The winner of that game will likely punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff. In basketball, three Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 11 in the country, as two of them (Michigan State and Purdue) remain unbeaten.

Video: Check out BTN.com's top 10 Big Ten football plays of 2015

It was another great season for Big Ten football. One year after Ohio State won the inaugural College Football Playoff national title, the Big Ten has five teams in the top 15 of the final CFP rankings of the regular season. Even better: Three of those teams come in at No. 4 (Iowa), No. 5 (Michigan State) and No. 6 (Ohio State), with the Hawkeyes and Spartans meeting in the Big Ten title game Saturday night in Indianapolis. It should come as no surprise that another great season produced more than its share of unforgettable highlights. Relive the BTN.com team’s

Saquon Barkley highlights 2015 BTN.com All-Freshman Team

It was a good year for freshman running backs in the Big Ten. The best of the bunch, Penn State's Saquon Barkley, highlights our annual All-Big Ten Freshman Team. See the full team inside.

Big Ten/ACC Challenge recap: Big Ten goes 3-3 on Tuesday night

The second night of the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge took place on Tuesday, with six Big Ten teams in action. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] Michigan kicked off the night with an impressive 66-59 victory over NC State, while Northwestern followed with a thrilling 81-79 overtime win at Virginia Tech. No. 2 Maryland fell to No. 9 North Carolina in the premier matchup of the night, 89-81. In other Big Ten hoops action: Ohio State fell short to Virginia, 64-58, Nebraska lost an overtime thriller to Miami (FL), 77-72,

Five Big Ten teams in top 15 of College Football Playoff Rankings

The College Football Playoff committee released its fifth set of rankings Tuesday night, and as expected, Iowa remains in the No. 4 spot in the poll. Michigan State remains No. 5 after beating Penn State, while Ohio State moved up to No. 6 after a commanding 42-13 win over Michigan.

Big Ten champ Minnesota highlights 2015 All-Big Ten Volleyball Team

The Big Ten announced its postseason volleyball awards on Tuesday, with standouts from Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin earning individual recognition following the conclusion of the 2015 regular season. Nine Big Ten teams will be competing in the NCAA tourney, starting Thursday. Read more about the tourney here. See the complete complete list of All-Big Ten honorees, individual award winners and Sportsmanship Award honorees below: PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Daly Santana, MINN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justine Wong-Orantes, NEB SETTER OF THE YEAR: Lauren Carlini, WIS FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, MINN COACH OF THE YEAR (COACHES AND MEDIA):

Power Rankings: Michigan State takes over No. 1 spot this week

That didn’t take long! There’s a new team atop my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, and it’s impressive Michigan State. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scoreboard ] The Spartans (7-0) replace Maryland, undefeated itself, atop this week’s list because, well, no one is playing better than Denzel Valentine’s team. Don’t worry, Terrapins fans, your team is still among the nation’s best. Editor’s note: Team records are through Sunday, Nov. 29 action. See my full latest list below: 1. Michigan State (7-0). The Spartans are playing the best basketball in the country. Denzel