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Ohio State's Gene Smith sits down with 'Football Report'

Gene Smith

Gene Smith Checks in With "BTN Football Report"

On Monday night’s “Big Ten Football Report,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith joined the show to share some of the ideas discussed at the latest conference meetings. Smith touched on several topics, including the annual date of the Michigan-Ohio State game, plus the possibility of Michigan and Ohio State landing in the same division and of November night games. Watch Mike Hall’s full interview with Smith here.

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Power Rankings: Surging Illini continue ascent

John Groce

Evans Dunks It Back In With Gusto

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John Groce’s Illini continued their torrid play this week, dispatching Purdue and Northwestern, teams they lost to earlier this season. Winners of four straight, Illinois has moved to No. 5 in my latest Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

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Big Ten Geeks: Boiling Over

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Illinois exorcised some demons in a 20 point blowout of Purdue. The Fighting Illini seniors had never beaten the Boilermakers, but they changed that in emphatic fashion by attacking the offensive glass and limiting turnovers. In all, Illinois attempted 13 more field goals than Purdue, and those extra looks enabled John Groce’s team to score 1.20 points per trip despite 29 percent shooting on jumpers. It was Illinois’ best output since the win at Gonzaga, and it appears that the Illini of the season’s first month have returned.

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Braxton Miller scoops up Silver Football

November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) talks on a headset in the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller Awarded 2012 Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award

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During the halftime of Thursday’s game between Northwestern and Ohio State, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was presented with The Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football as the Big Ten’s top player of the 2012 season as voted by the 12 coaches. Braxton was named on 11 of 12 possible ballots (coaches cannot vote for their own players), receiving 5 first- and 5 second-place votes. Wisconsin’s Montee Ball came in second; Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez took third.

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