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Week 12: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After 11 weeks, it’s Dienhart and BTN.com fans tied for the top spot, four games ahead of Yarina. See our Week 12 predictions and choose your winners in this post. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 63-21; .750 BTN.com fans: 63-21; .750 Brent: 59-25; .702 [RELATED: Week 12 Power Rankings | Week 12 Player Rankings | Week 12 Bowl Projections] Indiana (4-6, 2-4) at Penn State (6-4, 4-2)

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week.  Also @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online Tuesday mornings. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke:  Listen to Coach Pat Fitzgerald:  Listen to Coach Bo Pelini:  Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio:  Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz:  Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: 

Week 10 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every Tuesday morning during the NFL season, Brent Yarina singles out the best offensive, defensive and special teams performances by Big Ten products and links to their NFL.com highlights. View all the former Big Ten players on NFL active rosters. See Brent’s Week 10 winners in this post. OFFENSE: Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans: Remember when Brees and the Saints were 0-4? Five weeks later, they’re 4-5, the most recent victory coming in comeback fashion over previously undefeated rival Atlanta. Brees torched the NFL’s final unbeaten in the 31-27 win, completing 66 percent of his passes for 298 yards and

Bo Pelini

Bowl projections: Irish vs. Huskers in Rose Bowl

This much we know: Wisconsin will play either Nebraska or Michigan in the Big Ten title game. All three are coming off wins and figure to land nice bowl slots, regardless of what the matchup ends up being in Indianapolis. A big winner on Saturday was Minnesota, which became bowl eligible for the first time since 2009 with a win at Illinois. The other big winner over the weekend was Purdue. The Boilermakers’ 27-24 win at Iowa was victory No. 4 and it broke a five-game losing skid. It also fuels the chances for Purdue to get to a bowl

Curt Phillips

Week 12 Power Rankings: Badgers ascend after rout

The top of the power rankings didn’t get shaken up, but Wisconsin made a move from No. 6 to No. 4 following its emphatic victory at Indiana that clinched the Leaders Division’s spot in the Big Ten championship game. Where do I have your Big Ten team ranked? Find out in this post. [RELATED: Week 12 Big Ten Player Rankings] 1. Ohio State (10-0, 6-0). Deep breath, Buckeyes. You need two more wins for perfection. But two big hurdles remain: at Wisconsin and vs. Michigan. Hope you enjoyed your Saturday off. You’ll need to be rested. Last week: 1 Next:

Imani Cross

How did we do? Week 11 picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 12, it’s time to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 11 predictions. Dienhart and BTN.com fans both went 4-1 to remain tied atop the standings, while I went 3-2 to fall four back. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 63-21; .750 BTN.com fans: 63-21; .750 Brent: 59-25; .702 Purdue 27, Iowa 24 Tom’s pick: Iowa, 33-13 – Hide the women and children. Combined, these teams have eight losses in a row. And each is fighting for its bowl life. But the Hawkeyes have more fight than the Boilermakers, who

Akeem Shavers

Griggs kicks Purdue past Iowa, to first Big Ten win

Paul Griggs drilled a 46-yard field goal as time expired and Purdue stunned Iowa 27-24 Saturday, snapping a five-game losing streak. Robert Marve threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers (4-6, 1-5 Big Ten), who won for the first time in Iowa City in 20 years. Purdue led 24-14 before Iowa (4-6, 2-4) rallied to tie the game with 3:32 left. But the Boilermakers stuffed the Hawkeyes on fourth down at the Purdue 35-yard line, and then drove 37 yards to set up the game-winning kick by Griggs. James Vandenberg had 190 yards passing and a TD

James Vandenberg

3rd quarter recap: Purdue 24, Iowa 21

Purdue ran it and thew it well in the third quarter, and it now leads Iowa, 24-21, entering the fourth quarter. Purdue racked up 78 passing yards and 78 rushing yards in the quarter. However, Iowa came up with the biggest play of the quarter, when Micah Hyde recovered a fumble and returned it for a score to make bring the Hawkeyes withing three points. Purdue opened up the lead, 24-14, after Robert Marve and Gary Bush hooked up for a 10-yard touchdown to end a two-play, 66-yard drive. The Boilermakers’ drive was highlighted by Ralph Bolden’s 56-yard run. Also

Damon Bullock

2nd quarter recap: Purdue 14, Iowa 7

Purdue threw for 94 yards in the second quarter, including a nine-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Holmes, and it now leads Iowa, 14-7, at halftime. Iowa tied the game at seven after Damon Bullock ran one yard to paydirt to end a seven-play, 22-yard drive. A fumble recovery by the Hawkeyes set Iowa up to start the drive. The Boilermakers will have possession to start the second half. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER | WATCH ON BTN2GO ] ** EDITOR’S NOTE In partnership with Narrative Science, BTN.com posts recaps after every quarter of

Ralph Bolden

1st quarter recap: Purdue 7, Iowa 0

Purdue held Iowa to 19 yards on the ground during the first quarter and the Boilermakers lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Purdue scored when Akeem Shavers pounded in a three-yard touchdown run to cap a nine-play, 68-yard drive, giving the Boilermakers the game’s first lead. Robert Marve’s 23-yard pass to Shavers took Purdue from the 42 and across midfield to ignite the drive. The Boilermakers have the ball at midfield to begin the second quarter. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER | WATCH ON BTN2GO ] Read more from BTN.com’s