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Dienhart: My player on the spot in every Big Ten bowl game

The Big Ten has 10 bowl teams, headlined by Michigan State’s trip to the playoffs to take on Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. And each team has one guy, one solitary figure who most likely needs to have a big game if his team wants to win. [ 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 ] Here are my picks for those players: Indiana: QB Nate Sudfeld. The senior is No. 1 in the

BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten student-athletes shine in the classroom

If you look at the NCAA Division I rankings for any collegiate sport, chances are you’re going to see multiple Big Ten universities in the mix. They’re also well-represented in another ranking: the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American awards. The list, which came out earlier this month, measures student-athletes across all sports, as of June 2015. Eight Big Ten universities made the top 25 for all-time honorees, more than any other conference, with Nebraska coming in at No. 1. Here are the Big Ten universities that made the list: 1. Nebraska (320 all-time Academic All-Americans) 5. Penn State (189) 14. University

Best of the first month of the Big Ten men's basketball season

We’re officially one month into the 2015-16 college basketball season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The first month saw a lot of good, from Michigan State and Purdue’s perfect starts to Spartans star Denzel Valentine’s across-the-board individual performances. But what has been the best of the best of the opening month? BTN.com writer Sean Merriman and BTN analyst Jess Settles break down the best teams, players, coaches and more from an entertaining first month. Best team: Michigan State (11-0) The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in the

Seventeen Big Ten football stars earn 2015 AP All-America honors

The Big Ten placed 17 standouts on the 2015 AP All-America Team, released Sunday. First-teamers Taylor Decker (Ohio State), Jack Allen (Michigan State), Carl Nassib (Penn State), Desmond King (Iowa) and Vonn Bell (Ohio State) pace the Big Ten representatives. Eight Big Ten schools had at least one player recognized, headlined by Ohio State (5) and Michigan State (3). Indiana, Michigan and Iowa all had two players receive laurels. See all 17 honorees, plus the full AP All-America Team, below: FIRST TEAM Offense Quarterback — Deshaun Watson, sophomore, Clemson. Running backs — Derrick Henry, junior, Alabama; Leonard Fournette, sophomore, LSU.

Fordham's Joe Moorhead named Penn State offensive coordinator

Joe Moorhead was a record-setting quarterback at Fordham and returned a decade and a half later to become a record-setting coach. [ MORE: GoPSUsports.com: Penn State names Moorhead offensive coordinator ] Penn State is betting on him having a similarly positive impact on its offense in Happy Valley. Moorhead has agreed to become the Nittany Lions’ offensive coordinator after leading his alma mater to the FCS playoffs in the past three seasons of his second four-year stay at Fordham – this one as the architect of the Rams’ program rather than the on-field general who set single-season school records for

Video: Watch Saturday's top Big Ten men's basketball highlights

No football, no problem. The first Saturday sans Big Ten football features 11 Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action. Earlier on BTN, Penn State held off Louisiana-Monroe in its return to Rec Hall, No. 6 Maryland cruised past Maryland Eastern Shore, and Indiana topped McNeese State. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Ohio State lost to Connecticut, Michigan cruised by Delaware State, Wisconsin came up short against Marquette, Illinois got by UIC, Purdue beat Youngstown State, Rutgers fell to George Washington, and Michigan State remained unbeaten with a win over Florida. Catch up on all of today’s action

NCAA Volleyball Tournament: Huskers, Gophers advance

Here’s a look at Friday night’s action in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament: Nebraska swept BYU 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-23) and Minnesota topped Illinois 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-17). Wisconsin fell to Florida, Ohio State lost to Washington, and Hawaii knocked off Penn State. On Saturday, Minnesota faces Hawaii and Nebraska faces Washington. The winners advance to the Final Four. Track the entire NCAA Women’s Volleyball action by using the NCAA.com scoreboard. The fourth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team moved within one win of Omaha by sweeping 13th-seeded BYU, 26-24, 25-17, 25-23. The Huskers improved to 29-4 with the win and advanced to a regional final for the

Top highlights from Thursday's Big Ten basketball games

There were two Big Ten men’s basketball games on the slate Thursday night. [ MORE: Check out our college basketball scoreboard ] Penn State began the night with an impressive 81-67 win over Canisius, while Iowa followed with a heartbreaking 83-82 loss to in-state rival Iowa State. There were several outstanding plays in Thursday’s games, and we were able to capture the best of the best. Here is a look at some of the top highlights from Thursday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action. Jarrod Uthoff ties a career-high with this shot Josh Reaves with the steal and the one-handed slam

All-Bowl Team: Let's spot the stars facing 10 Big Ten teams

The Big Ten has 10 teams in bowl games, with Michigan State vs. Alabama (Cotton), Iowa vs. Stanford (Rose) and Ohio State vs. Notre Dame (Fiesta) leading the way. And there will be no shortage of quality opponents for conference schools to contend with. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Heading the list are the top running backs in the nation in Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, who are No.