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These Big Ten state signs could be the perfect holiday present

Need a holiday present for the Big Ten fan who seems to have everything? [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] You may be in luck; that is, if you know someone who is a Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State or Wisconsin fan who loves representing his/her school and state. Groupon is currently running a sale on NCAA College State Signs, with the aforementioned five Big Ten schools included in the collection, for $36.99. Each sign, which weighs roughly 4.5 pounds, is the shape of the school’s state and includes geographical features. Click

Dienhart: Rutgers football hires rising defensive mind Chris Ash

Rutgers recently hired a new A.D. Now, the school has hired a new coach in Chris Ash to replace Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Watch the Rutgers press conference live at 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go ] Ash is one of the nation’s rising defensive minds, looking to improve the fortunes of a Rutgers program that went 4-8 overall, 1-7 in the Big Ten last year. Ash will face challenges navigating a rugged Big Ten East, but he won’t inherit a full-on rebuilding job. There is talent to work with as players like QB Chris Laviano, RBs Josh Hicks and Robert

Six Big Ten teams ranked in final regular season AP, Coaches polls

The final regular season AP and Coaches Polls were released Sunday, and six Big Ten teams are ranked in both polls. [ MORE: Michigan State earns No. 3 seed in College Football Playoff | Tom Dienhart’s early Cotton Cotton Bowl primer ] Big Ten champion Michigan State, fresh off its comeback victory over previously undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game, paces the Big Ten at No. 4 (Coaches) and No. 3 (AP). Several Big Ten rivals are too far behind the Spartans, with Ohio State (No. 5/No. 7), Iowa (No. 7/No. 6) and Northwestern (No. 12/No. 12) all

Catch up on Saturday's 13 Big Ten men's basketball games

There were 13 Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action Saturday. Catch up on all of the action on our Big Ten scoreboard. No. 3 Michigan State and No. 11 Purdue highlighted the busy slate of action with victories over Binghamton and New Mexico, respectively. In all, the Big Ten went 12-1, with the lone loss coming in Minnesota’s double-overtime defeat to South Dakota. Here are several of the top plays from Saturday. *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***    

Images of the Year video: 2015 Big Ten football in review

Soon the Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET Saturday on Fox. But before we get to that game, watch our annual season-in-review video. Our Saturday pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go before switching to FOX at 7:30 p.m. for the remainder of the pregame and the game broadcast. BTN/BTN2Go will also have a postgame show following the FOX broadcast. More coverage: Championship game scoreboard | Video highlights on Twitter | Instagram photos from BTN and The Journey | BTN Vine

Top Big Ten football, basketball coach, athletic director trios

December is here, which means the college football season is coming to a close and basketball is in full swing. [ MORE: Track all of our 2015 Big Ten Championship coverage ] The Big Ten is set to crown a conference champion in football this weekend as Iowa takes on Michigan State in the fifth annual Big Ten title game. The winner of that game will likely punch their ticket to the College Football Playoff. In basketball, three Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 11 in the country, as two of them (Michigan State and Purdue) remain unbeaten.

Top highlights from Wednesday's Big Ten/ACC Challenge games

Big Ten fans were treated to a loaded slate of games in the third and final night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Michigan State kicked off the action with an impressive 71-67 win over Louisville, while Wisconsin notched a big victory as well, defeating Syracuse 66-58 in overtime. Iowa finished the evening with a thrilling 78-75 overtime win against Florida State, securing an 8-6 victory for the Big Ten in this year’s challenge. In other Big Ten action: Penn State topped Boston College, 67-58, Illinois fell to Notre Dame, 84-79, and Indiana lost to Duke, 94-74. Here is a look