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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten football all year. Check out these links:

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Week 12 Big Ten previews: Michigan State at Ohio State is here!

Just two weeks remain in the regular season, and both division titles remain up for grabs. Iowa can clinch the West with a win—or Wisconsin loss. The Michigan State at Ohio State will go a long in shaping the East champ.

Joey Bosa, Carl Nassib named Lombardi Award finalists

The finalists for the Lombardi Award were announced Tuesday, and a pair of Big Ten stars are among the last four standing. [ MORE: Week 12 previews | Big Ten scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Q&A: Jason Cabinda | Dienhart: Your move, Ohio State | Week 11 honor roll | Highlights on YouTube ] Ohio State’s Joey Bosa and Penn State’s Carl Nassib, both defensive ends, join Clemson’s Shaq Lawson and Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett as finalists for the award given to the nation’s

Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday: All the world's a stage

It’s been asked “Why does BTN.com call this Big Ten Animated GIF Tuesday.” The answer is very simple: Because “Big Ten Animated Graphics Interchange Format Tuesday” is far too long and clunky. Now let’s show off the best GIFs from this past football weekend. Remember: We’re on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat (bigtennetwork). And we have links to available highlights below, too. BTN FAQ: Video highlights on social media BTN football highlights on Facebook BTN football highlights on YouTube Illinois football highlights Indiana football highlights Iowa football highlights Maryland football highlights Michigan football highlights Michigan State football highlights Minnesota football highlights Nebraska football highlights

Big Ten Q&A: Penn State linebacker Jason Cabinda

BTN.com's Tom Dienhart chats with Penn States Jason Cabinda, and asks the linebacker he knows the scenario that could lead to the Nittany Lions winning the East Division. Cabinda says, "Yes, absolutely. And that’s the goal."

Big Ten links: Comparing Huskers, Hawkeyes over 15 years

Today one writer compares the recent histories of Iowa and Nebraska. Plus, a closer look at Ohio State's kicking situation and five-year contracts for athletic directors. And could Iowa's C.J. Beathard be all-Big Ten? Read these stories and more in this roundup of Big Ten headlines now.

Kirk Cousins gives game ball to cancer-fighting father

Kirk Cousins put on an absolute show for everyone at FedExField on Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: redskins.com: Watch Kirk Cousins greet father, give him game ball ] The former Michigan State star quarterback had a perfect passer rating, completing 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, en route to leading Washington to a 47-14 victory over New Orleans. His best highlight, however, might have come following the final whistle. Cousins, after shaking hands at midfield and congratulating his teammates, gave his father, Don, who has metastic squamous cell carcinoma, the game ball before walking into