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This is the final edition of the 2012 Big Ten power rankings. And it’s pretty clear who the two best teams in the Big Ten are: Ohio State and Nebraska. Alas, they can’t meet in the conference title game, as the Buckeyes are on probation. But Ohio State finished 12-0, including a 63-38 win over the Cornhuskers in Columbus earlier this season. So, the Buckeyes must be best, right?
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Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis, it’s time to check out how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 13 predictions. For the second straight week, it was a perfect showing for BTN.com fans, who now stand two games ahead of Dienhart in the season standings.
Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 13? Find out in this post.
Coaches never know what questions await them during a postgame press conference. Penn State coach Bill O’Brien knows this all too well following an emotional 24-21 overtime victory over Wisconsin on Senior Day at Beaver Stadium.
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As BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart has done throughout the season, he offered his immediate thoughts to Saturday’s season finales. Get Dienhart’s Snap Reactions to Penn State’s emotional overtime win over Wisconsin and Michigan State’s victory at Minnesota in this post.
Sam Ficken hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Wisconsin’s Kyle French attempt from 45 yards went wide left to seal Penn State’s 24-21 win Saturday in an emotional season finale in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) could have ended it for good a play earlier, but linebacker Glenn Carson dropped a potential interception.
There’s no doubt who Penn State’s leader is. And we’ll see proof of it in Saturday afternoon’s season finale against Wisconsin at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions are wearing No. 42 on the left side of their helmets in honor of injured senior Michael Mauti.