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Dienhart: Let's rank the Big Ten bowls

It’s the holiday season. Time is precious. There are many options when it comes to Big Ten bowl games but there are also five of them on Jan. 1 alone. Which ones should you watch? What should you watch for in each? That’s where I come in with my nifty ranking of the Big Ten bowls from 1-7. So, sit back, put down the remote, pick up your eggnog and candy cane and read on. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule ] 1. Rose Bowl, Jan. 1. Wisconsin vs. Stanford. It’s the “Granddaddy of ‘em All!” Need I type more?

Wisconsin to hire Utah State's Gary Andersen

Wisconsin will hire Utah State’s Gary Andersen as its next coach, the Big Ten Network confirmed Tuesday night. The Wisconsin State Journal first reported the news. Badger fans may be familiar with Andersen, whose team lost at Wisconsin on Sept. 15 this season, 16-14, only after missing a 37-yard field goal in the dying seconds to allow Wisconsin to escape. Unlike the departed Bret Bielema who needed to be groomed for the job, Andersen brings a strong background as a head coach to Wisconsin. But like Bielema–and Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez–Andersen brings a defensive background to the job. Andersen, 48,

Which Big Ten team needs bowl win the most?

Seven Big Ten teams are playing in bowl games, beginning with Minnesota vs. Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 28 and ending with Wisconsin vs. Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Which Big Ten team needs to win their bowl game the most? BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have two different choices, and host Dave Revsine chimes in with a third possibility. Vote your choice in this post. When asked for one team, DiNardo listed three: Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Nebraska. Pressed to choose one, he takes Wisconsin, but DiNardo added, “Those other two are

Wisconsin interviews Badgers product Mel Tucker

Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Mel Tucker interviewed for the Wisconsin job on Friday, a source close to the search confirmed. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule | Vote on Big Ten bowl winners ] Tucker is a former Badger who was part of Barry Alvarez’s first recruiting class. Tucker is a Cleveland native who also has coached for Ohio State and the Cleveland Browns. Wisconsin, which plays in its third consecutive Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013, is looking to replace Bret Bielema, who became the Arkansas head coach days after leading the Badgers to its second

Big Ten bowls: We predict all seven games

Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same this bowl season. Heading into the games, BTN.com fans are atop the season standings, two games ahead of Dienhart. See our bowl predictions and choose your winners in this post. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule ] SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 75-22; .773 Tom: 73-24; .753 Brent: 69-28; .711 Meineke Car Care Bowl: Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5) – 9 p.m. ET Dec. 28

Which division ideas do you prefer?

One of the hottest debates around the Big Ten Conference’s announced plan to expand to 14 schools revolves around the future look of the two divisions. Currently, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern reside in the Legends Division while Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin are in the Leaders Division. The addition of Maryland and Rutgers poses this question: What comes next? We’ve launched a survey question in this post with three ideas for divisions. Tell us your choice and add any other feedback, too. BTN’s experts will discuss these ideas on Monday’s “Football Report” at 6:30 p.m. ET. Also, the numbers tell us

Dienhart: Best of the Big Ten Bowls

There are seven Big Ten teams in bowl games. And there would be two more, if not for Ohio State and Penn State being on probation. What’s the best quarterback duel? Wheres’ the best chance for an upset? Which game is the best candidate for a good, old shootout? Here’s a look at the best of the best involving the Big Ten and bowls games. Best game: The Rose Bowl clash between Stanford and Wisconsin will be like looking in the mirror. Each school has a tough, physical, punch-you-in-the-nose offense along with an underrated defense. Not having Bret Bielema along for

Big Ten Classics: Watch 2000 Rose Bowl on BTN2Go

In our latest Big Ten football classic, we’ve dug up the 2000 Rose Bowl because the two teams involved will sound familiar – Wisconsin and Stanford. We’ve clipped off a piece of the game here for you to watch. Spoiler alert, Badger fans: It’s a touchdown drive. Watch the entire 2000 Rose Bowl game on BTN2Go. We’ve got a few other worthwhile video clips in this post. They include a look at Barry Alvarez on “Big Ten Icons” and a complete look at the Badgers’ magical 1993 season, too. Watch them all on BTN2Go. Wisconsin won the 2000 Rose Bowl game against Stanford

What should happen to Big Ten divisions?

On tonight’s episode of “The Football Report,” our TV analysts tackled the expansion-related topic of the Big Ten Conference football divisions. Before you watch and see what our guys think, come tell us what you think in this post. Specifically, when the conference expands beyond 12 conference members, should the Big Ten form completely new divisions? If so, what should they be? Or should the Big Ten just add each school to an existing division? Driven by the recent news that Maryland and Rutgers are joining the Big Ten, the survey below asks this division realignment question among others. BTN

Did You See This? Barry Alvarez Rose Bowl sign

Wisconsin fans are excited to have former coach and current AD Barry Alvarez on board to guide the Badgers in the 2013 Rose Bowl vs. Stanford. And who can blame them? Not only is Alvarez a school legend who made Wisconsin football relevant, he’s a perfect 3-0 in the Rose Bowl. [RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule] That’s terrific news for the Badgers, who have lost the last two Rose Bowls, to TCU and Oregon, respectively. This time around, Wisconsin fans are hopeful the team’s luck turns, evidenced by the creative “Let’s Barry Stanford” sign in the photo above. Alvarez