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Dienhart: My top 10 2013 football storylines

The Big Ten football season was filled with many headline-grabbing events in 2013. In fact, in some respects, it was a history-making year for the conference. Here are my top 10 storylines of 2013. [ MORE: View all of our end-of-the-year top 10 lists ] 1. New divisions, more games. From the day “Legends” and “Leaders” were hatched, the division names were widely reviled. The honchos in Big Ten HQ, listened. In April, the conference announced conventional “East” and “West” monikers and realigned accordingly for 2014 with Rutgers and Maryland coming aboard. Competitive balance was out; geography was in. The

Clothes Call: A look back at new 2013 uniform designs

With the year quickly coming to a close, I decided to take a look at the new basketball and football uniform designs that debuted in 2013. Don’t worry, 2014 is certain to include just as many, if not more, new designs. Actually, I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. Either way, enjoy the look back. ILLINOIS Tim Beckman and Illinois showed off plenty of new designs in 2013. Prior to the season, the Illini unveiled a new orange primary helmet. It went on to wear a blue helmet, white jersey and blue pants combination for the first time ever,

Capital One Bowl Preview: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina

This is one of the better matchups of the postseason. Wisconsin—on a three-game bowl losing skid–and South Carolina—aiming for a third postseason triumph in succession–never have played, adding intrigue to this battle. Gary Andersen is looking to put his stamp on the Badger program in his first season; Steve Spurrier looks to add another brick in the wall of a strong program he has built in Columbia for a team that has wins vs. Missouri and Clemson. [ MORE: View the 2013-14 bowl schedule ] Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2) Storyline:

Gallery: BTN.com's favorite 2013 football photos

With the calendar soon flipping to 2014 and the Big Ten football season complete, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite photos from the 2013 season. Check out the entire gallery, courtesy USATODAY Sports, in this post. Enjoy! [ MORE: Get our Big Ten bowl coverage | View 2013-14 bowl schedule ]

Big Ten bowls: We predict all seven B1G games

All season long, our BTN.com panel has predicted every Big Ten football game. We’ve also provided polls for Big Ten fans to make their picks. Now, it’s time to focus on the seven Big Ten bowl games. See our panel’s picks and cast your winners in this post. Keep in mind, Big Ten fans, you are just one game off the lead. Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 81-16 Big Ten bowl game predictions: Minnesota 28, Syracuse 14; Kansas State 27, Michigan 17; Georgia 31, Nebraska 21; LSU 42, Iowa 24; South Carolina 31, Wisconsin 27; Michigan State 27, Stanford 24;

Vote for Big Ten Football Game of the Year

The 2013 college football regular season is in the books. That means it’s time to hit the rewind button and take a look back at the top Big Ten football games of 2013. This past season included many memorable moments– Penn State’s quadruple-overtime win over Michigan, Nebraska’s Hail Mary to beat Northwestern, and Michigan State’s unforgettable victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. But now, we ask, which game was the best? Cast your vote here: Week 1: Penn State 23, Syracuse 17 Week 2: Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30 Week 3: Michigan 28, Akron 24 Week

#BTNLive asks: Who needs a bowl win the most?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Which non-BCS bowl team needs a bowl win the most? The options: #BTNBadgers, #BTNHawkeyes, #BTNCornhuskers, #BTNWolverines or #BTNGophers Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The hashtags are: #BTNBadgers #BTNHawkeyes #BTNCornhuskers #BTNWolverines #BTNGophers  

Dennard, Shazier named USA TODAY All-Americans

With the regular season in the books and bowl games just around the corner, USA TODAY released their All-American teams on Wednesday. Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard and Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier were honored as first-team All-Americans. Dennard, a senior cornerback, had four interceptions and 10 pass breakups this season for the Spartans. He was also honored as the winner of the Jack Tatum Award (nation’s top defensive back), earlier today. Shazier, a junior linebacker, led the Big Ten in tackles with 122 and in tackles for loss (21). He is a finalist for the Butkus Award, which

Best of The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013

The season finale of The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013 will air tonight at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. The episode will feature all the build-up and storylines leading into the Big Ten Football Championship Game in Indianapolis between Leaders Division Champion Ohio State and Legends Division Champion Michigan State. Here is a look back at some of the top Journey moments from this year. 1. Episode 9: The Journey goes behind the scenes of college football’s most prestigious rivalry – Michigan vs. Ohio State. 2. Episode 7: Find out how Michigan State senior Darqueze Dennard went from an unknown

Dienhart: All-Big Ten Assistant Coaching Team

Head coaches get plenty of accolades and awards. The players? They have myriad trophies they can win and postseason all-league teams they can be named to. But what about the assistant coaches? It’s time to shine the spotlight on the guys at heart of every program’s engine. Here is my annual All-Big Ten Assistant Coaching Team. [ MORE: View the 2013-14 bowl schedule ] OFFENSE Coordinator: Tom Herman, Ohio State. The 38-year-old Wunderkind continues to impress. He cut his teeth as coordinator at Rice and Iowa State. His star is soaring in Columbus, pushing the buttons for the Big Ten’s