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Week 12 Takes: Playoff scenarios, defensive trends & bowl chances

Most experts agree that an unbeaten Big Ten champion will seize a spot in the four-team college football playoff, but what about a one-loss Michigan State squad? Speaking of Michigan, keep an eye on its rush defense. And Indiana is fighting for its bowl life. Read these takes and more leading into a very intriguing Big Ten Week 12 in football.

Media survey: Who is the best defensive player in the Big Ten?

With the season about to conclude, awards soon will be handed out. On that note, who has been the top defensive player in the Big Ten? I asked some of my esteemed Big Ten media colleagues. [ MORE: Week 12 previews | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 12 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag ] My choice? It has to be Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib, who has emerged from a former walk-on to become an All-American who should be a very high draft pick. NFL

Best of Week 12: Ohio State vs. Michigan State tops one big slate

It's almost here. Week 12 football games. None of the games is bigger than Michigan State at Ohio State in a battle between two of the best teams in the Big Ten. Our Tom Dienhart looks at all of the games and lays out his weekly upset alert, best matchups, spotlight players and more. Plus, watch the video to look back at recent history between Ohio State and Michigan State.

Big Ten links: Seniors in the Penn State-Michigan spotlight

Having one college degree already, Michigan QB Jake Rudock embraces the "old man" label. And Michigan's opponent on Saturday, Penn State, says goodbye to a senior class that has seen a lot over their careers. Also in today's Big Ten headlines roundup, look at all of the Ohio State natives on Michigan State's football roster and updates on two big men in Big Ten men's basketball.

Big Ten/SEC Challenge, you say? These matchups would be fun!

Arkansas coach Bret Beilema offered an idea that garnered plenty of attention on social media Wednesday. Speaking to the media, the former Wisconsin coach proposed a Big Ten/SEC Challenge to help with future non-conference scheduling.

Catch up on Tuesday night's Big Ten men's hoops action

There were six Big Ten men’s basketball games on the docket Tuesday night. No. 13 Michigan State rallied past No. 4 Kansas, 79-73, behind Denzel Valentine’s triple-double (29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists) in the Champions Classic at the United Center The inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games also got underway Tuesday, with Penn State defeating DePaul, No. 11 Villanova handling Nebraska, and No. 3 Maryland dropping Georgetown to give the Big Ten an early 2-1 advantage in the series that continues through Friday night. Catch up on all of the action below: PENN STATE 68, DEPAUL 62: BOX | PBP |

Week 12 Big Ten previews: Michigan State at Ohio State is here!

Just two weeks remain in the regular season, and both division titles remain up for grabs. Iowa can clinch the West with a win—or Wisconsin loss. The Michigan State at Ohio State will go a long in shaping the East champ.

Joey Bosa, Carl Nassib named Lombardi Award finalists

The finalists for the Lombardi Award were announced Tuesday, and a pair of Big Ten stars are among the last four standing. [ MORE: Week 12 previews | Big Ten scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Q&A: Jason Cabinda | Dienhart: Your move, Ohio State | Week 11 honor roll | Highlights on YouTube ] Ohio State’s Joey Bosa and Penn State’s Carl Nassib, both defensive ends, join Clemson’s Shaq Lawson and Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett as finalists for the award given to the nation’s