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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

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,

Ex-PSU hoops player is Chewbacca double in latest Star Wars movie

Former Penn State basketball player Joonas Suotamo graduated with a degree in Film and Video, and one could say the ex-power forward, from 2005-08, is putting his degree to work. [ MORE: Suotamo represents Penn State in galaxy far, far away ] Suotamo is the double for Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened Friday. Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, is back to play the role, but at 71 and with knee problems, a double was needed for the action scenes. Enter the 6-foot-10 Suotamo, who played professional basketball in his native Finland after graduating from Penn State.

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

TaxSlayer Bowl preview: Penn State looks to end on high note

When this matchup was announced, many folks who have been around awhile flashed back to 1983. That’s when these programs met in the Sugar Bowl after the 1982 season for the national title. Penn State beat Herschel Walker and the Bulldogs to win the championship. [ 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 ] Neither team is championship-caliber this season. The Bulldogs had high hopes in August, and the defense did its part. But

BTN to provide extensive coverage from Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl

BTN will provide extensive, on-site coverage surrounding the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup between Michigan State and Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, as well as Iowa’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 25 years. Eight other Big Ten teams are slated to compete in postseason play, with BTN highlighting each of those matchups beginning on Thursday, Dec. 24. Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl coverage begins on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. ET with updates on the Spartans from Cotton Bowl Media Day. Rose Bowl Media Day coverage will also air on Tuesday, Dec. 29, bringing viewers up to