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Monday's links: Picking up the pieces

November 23, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA;  Iowa Hawkeye tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (45) stiff arms Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Alonzo Whaley at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Nov. 26th Afternoon Update

Suffice it to say, 2012 wasn’t a banner year for Iowa. The 4-8 Hawkeyes are coming off the program’s worst season since 2000 and are riding a six-game losing skein. There will be no bowl for the first time since 2007. So, Iowa now points to winter conditioning and prep work for 2013. What’s next? Read about that and other juicy items in my daily links.

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Final power rankings: Ohio State finishes No. 1

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer reacts on the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Michigan Wolverines 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Buckeyes Celebrate Tressel's Return

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This is the final edition of the 2012 Big Ten power rankings. And it’s pretty clear who the two best teams in the Big Ten are: Ohio State and Nebraska. Alas, they can’t meet in the conference title game, as the Buckeyes are on probation. But Ohio State finished 12-0, including a 63-38 win over the Cornhuskers in Columbus earlier this season. So, the Buckeyes must be best, right?

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How did we do? Week 13 picks revisited

November 24, 2012; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver Charles Torwudzo (17) holds up a chain from the Old Oaken Bucket after the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-US PRESSWIRE

Shavers Stiff-arms his way to a Purdue Touchdown

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Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis, it’s time to check out how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 13 predictions. For the second straight week, it was a perfect showing for BTN.com fans, who now stand two games ahead of Dienhart in the season standings.

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Tom's top 10: Will Spartans ever make BCS bowl?

Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio prays with Minnesota Golden Gophers players after the game at TCF Bank Stadium. Michigan State won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Bennie Fowler 41 Yard Touchdown

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So much to talk about in the final regular-season weekend of the year. Has Braxton Miller sewn up Big Ten offensive player of the year honors? How hot is Le’Veon Bell? Has this been the Year of the Backup Quarterback? Check it all out in my weekly Top 10.

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Dienhart: What I learned in Week 13

Wisconsin at Penn State

Le'Veon Bell Carries Tacklers

There is an opportunity to learn each Saturday. And I took advantage of it. Among other things, I learned deciding who will be Big Ten coach of the year may be a difficult thing to figure out. Here’s what else I learned on the final Saturday of the regular season.

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