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Big Ten Mailbag: Bowl games bring lots of questions

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Nebraska at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of the week when I reach into my mailbag and answer the best of your questions. This time of year, the bag is jammed with both football and hoops questions, and I have few of each this week. That includes one on Ohio State’s shooting struggles.

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Spartans' Le'Veon Bell headed to NFL

Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Please tell me you aren’t shocked by news that Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell is going pro a year early. Running backs have only so many carries in their body. And Bell already has used up a lot of them at Michigan State. In three years, he ran 671 times for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also caught 78 passes, which surely will impress NFL scouts.

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Video: Top 10 plays from Big Ten bowl games

Quentin Williams

Montee Ball 11-Yard TD Run

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

While a 2-5 clip wasn’t the result the Big Ten was shooting for this bowl season, the conference put together its share of impressive plays. Watch our top 10 plays from the Big Ten bowls, including a pair of highlights from Northwestern’s first bowl victory since 1949.

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Dienhart: 'End of one era, beginning of another'

Barry Alvarez

Stanford vs. Wisconsin - Rose Bowl Highlights

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to motivation, few push buttons better than Barry Alvarez. Heading into the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford, Alvarez had bracelets made for players that read “I’m In” and “I’m On.” But the players had to earn the rubber jewelry through their position coach.

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How did we do? Big Ten bowl predictions revisited

Quentin Williams

Quentin Williams Pick Six

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Every week this season, Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and myself (@BTNBrentYarina) offered our predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We continued it this bowl season, and BTN.com fans and Dienhart each went 7-0, meaning the former claims the 2012 crown.

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