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Twitter: Get DiNardo's Week 12 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s analysis of the Big Ten’s Week 12 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 12? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #Illini Best way to measure progress in 2013 the first 4 games (3-1) and the last 4. — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) November 17, 2013 INDIANA Sunday Ruminations #Hoosiers Can't control B1G schedule @ UW & OSU back to back

Tom's Take: My Week 12 honors, grades & stocks

It’s time to put a wrap on an interesting Week 12 that will be remembered for its blowouts, a wild overtime thriller and a signature victory by Michigan State that clinched at least a share of the Legends Division crown for the Spartans. With that said, here’s a wrap on Week 12 in the Big Ten. [ MORE: Power Rankings: There’s a new No. 2 team this week ] Biggest surprise: Michigan State pulling away from Nebraska and winning fairly easily. The final was 41-28. But, the Huskers added what essentially was a meaningless touchdown in the waning seconds to

Watch Week 12 Big Ten football highlights

Looking for Week 12 highlights, stats and game stories? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Catch up on all the day’s best highlights and check out all the stats and game recaps from an action-packed Week 12 in this post. No. 3 Ohio State 60, Illinois 35 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY (AP) Carlos Hyde ran for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Braxton Miller had another 184 yards rushing and two scores Saturday to push No. 3 Ohio State past Illinois 60-35. But even with Hyde’s offensive explosion, the Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) needed a third-quarter

Live Blog: Track Week 12 Big Ten football action

We live blogged throughout Week 12 Big Ten football action. Here are the results: Michigan 27, Northwestern 19 (3OT); Michigan State 41, Nebraska 28; Ohio State 60, Illinois 35; Wisconsin 51, Indiana 3; Penn State 45, Purdue 21. Jump on in for all the best highlights, tweets and photos. [ PREVIEWS | SCOREBOARD | CONNECT | WEATHER | BTN2GO | GAMEFINDER | VIDEO ]

Week 12 B1G quiz tests your football opinions

It’s time to take my weekly Big Ten football quiz in preparation for another big Saturday football. It’s an intriguing slate of five games, with the Big Ten Nation fixated on the Michigan State at Nebraska game. Don’t worry – this isn’t graded on a curve. And? I provide the questions and the answers. So just have fun. Are you are ready? Who needs a win more? A) Northwestern B) Michigan Answer: A. Look, the Wildcats are sitting on the edge of postseason extinction, losers of five in a row. That means Northwestern needs to win two of its last

Four Downs: Week 12 predictions, thoughts & truths

Saturday is almost here. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So, why not me? That’s the idea here. Here’s what’s running through my mind with Week 12 of the Big Ten season on the horizon. [ MORE: Week 12 Previews | Best of Week 12 | Pick your Week 12 winners ] PREDICTIONS 1. Michigan State will need just 21-24 points to beat Nebraska … if that many. Look, it’s this simple: good defense almost always trumps good offense. And the Spartans don’t just have a good defense; they

Best of Week 12: All eyes on MSU-Nebraska

An interesting Saturday of action is headlined by what could be the Big Ten Game of the Year: Michigan State at Nebraska. Ohio State will look to remain unbeaten when it plays at Illinois. The Buckeyes have owned Illinois, winning the last five meetings and eight of the last nine. The lone Fighting Illini victory in that stretch was when they stunned No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus in 2007 on the way to the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes haven’t lost in Champaign since 1991. Michigan (two losses in a row) plays at Northwestern (five losses in a row) in

Week 12: We predict all five Big Ten games

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Eleven weeks down, Merriman sits atop the season standings, at 66-13. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Week 12 Previews | Week 12 schedule ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 66-13 Week 12 picks: Penn State 27, Purdue 10; Wisconsin 56, Indiana 35; Ohio State 49, Illinois 14; Northwestern

Week 12 previews: Five games on tap for Saturday

This Saturday features some intriguing clashes. All eyes will be on Lincoln, Neb., for Michigan State’s visit to Nebraska in what essentially is a de facto Legends Division championship game. If you aren’t stoked, then I feel sorry for you. Other Big Ten fans will fixate on the Michigan at Northwestern game. Like a car crash, we won’t be able to take our eyes off a game that features two desperate teams. Who will rise up in the face of adversity? Here is a look at each game this Saturday. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag |

Mailbag: Our expert tackles your questions

The cards and letters keep coming in. Thanks. And, by the look of things, many of you are excited about what Minnesota is doing. No doubt, to be 8-2 and riding a four-game winning streak is pretty incredible. Michigan has many flummoxed. And Nebraska’s rise has stirred the masses. Let me dig in on answering some of your letters. Let’s get to your notes. And if you have new questions – football or basketball –  scroll down to the bottom. I read all of my mail. I’m also on Twitter via @BTNTomDienhart. As far as skill positions (QB, RB, WR,