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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

How did we do? Big Ten title game predictions revisited

Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten’s 10 bowl games, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team, Yahoo! writer Dan Wetzel and Big Ten fans did with their 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game predictions. Wetzel and BTN.com’s Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina picked the Spartans, while Big Ten fans and BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart selected the Hawkeyes. See our title game picks and the latest standings below: Rotating Beat Writer: Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel), sports.yahoo.com 2015 record: 93-20 Big Ten title game: Michigan State 28, Iowa 17 Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) 2015 record: 92-21 Big Ten title game: Michigan

Tom Dienhart offers early take on Michigan State-Alabama matchup

I thought Michigan State would jump from No. 5 to No. 3 after it toppled unbeaten Iowa in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night in Indianapolis. And, the College Football Playoff committee did just that, setting up a meeting with No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl in a national semifinal game. [ MORE: View the full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Final CFP rankings ] No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in the other national semifinal game. This will be the Spartans’ first trip to the playoffs, which are in just their second

Tom Dienhart previews Big Ten's two New Year's Day Six bowls

The New Year’s Day Six Bowls have been set. And the Big Ten landed two teams in what shapes up as two of the better matchups of the 2015-16 postseason. [ MORE: View our complete 2015-16 bowl schedule ] The two games are No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game, and No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Notre Dame. Get my quick preview to both games below: Iowa. It was great to see the College Football Playoff committee didn’t bury 12-1 Iowa for losing a close Big Ten title game to Michigan State. Now,

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

Michigan State gets No. 3 seed in second College Football Playoff

It's official: The Big Ten will get a chance to defend its inaugural College Football Playoff championship. Big Ten champion Michigan State earned the No. 3 seed and will face No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Eve, it was announced early Sunday afternoon.