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Five fun facts heading into Week 12 of the Big Ten season

Survive and advance was the theme last weekend in Big Ten play. Michigan State lost Connor Cook to injury and proceeded to have a season-low 262 total yards of offense in a win against Maryland. Iowa escaped with a five-point victory against a pesky Minnesota squad. Northwestern needed a late touchdown by Justin Jackson, his first in two months, to beat Purdue by a touchdown. And Michigan needed a fourth down stop at the Hoosiers 2-yard line to squeak out an overtime triumph at Indiana. Elsewhere, Ohio State remained unbeaten with a 25 point victory at Illinois and Nebraska picked

Media survey: Who is the best defensive player in the Big Ten?

With the season about to conclude, awards soon will be handed out. On that note, who has been the top defensive player in the Big Ten? I asked some of my esteemed Big Ten media colleagues. [ MORE: Week 12 previews | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 12 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag ] My choice? It has to be Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib, who has emerged from a former walk-on to become an All-American who should be a very high draft pick. NFL

Ohio State LB Perry on his brother: 'He's taught me to go and get it'

On Thursday’s “Big Ten & Beyond” show, we profiled the special relationship between Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry and his brother Jahred, who is on the autism spectrum. Learn about the Perry family and how both Joshua and Jahred have helped each other throughout their lives. Undefeated Ohio State takes on Michigan State this Saturday in Columbus. [ MORE: Week 12 previews | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls: Pick Week 12 winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Q&A: Jason Cabinda | Highlights on YouTube ] Watch more

Best of Week 12: Ohio State vs. Michigan State tops one big slate

It's almost here. Week 12 football games. None of the games is bigger than Michigan State at Ohio State in a battle between two of the best teams in the Big Ten. Our Tom Dienhart looks at all of the games and lays out his weekly upset alert, best matchups, spotlight players and more. Plus, watch the video to look back at recent history between Ohio State and Michigan State.

Big Ten links: Seniors in the Penn State-Michigan spotlight

Having one college degree already, Michigan QB Jake Rudock embraces the "old man" label. And Michigan's opponent on Saturday, Penn State, says goodbye to a senior class that has seen a lot over their careers. Also in today's Big Ten headlines roundup, look at all of the Ohio State natives on Michigan State's football roster and updates on two big men in Big Ten men's basketball.

Braxton Miller tweets message about final home game at OSU

Braxton Miller will go down as one of the most accomplished players in Ohio State’s rich college football history. The two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year will be playing in his final game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon when the Buckeyes host Michigan State in a much-anticipated matchup. Miller took to Twitter on Wednesday to speak out about his final home game as a Buckeye. Check out the tweet at the top of this post. Miller and his senior teammates will be honored on Saturday during Senior Day at the Shoe. Ohio State and Michigan State are

Big Ten/SEC Challenge, you say? These matchups would be fun!

Arkansas coach Bret Beilema offered an idea that garnered plenty of attention on social media Wednesday. Speaking to the media, the former Wisconsin coach proposed a Big Ten/SEC Challenge to help with future non-conference scheduling.

'Friday Night Lights' star Vince Howard 'picks' Michigan State

Who will replace Michigan State record-breaking quarterback Connor Cook next season? [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] The answer is to be determined, of course. In completely unrelated news, actor Michael B. Jordan was on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, and Patrick asked the Friday Night Lights star to go into character as Vince Howard, the quarterback of East Dillon High School, and pick his college. His choice? Michigan State, over Michigan and instate power Texas. “I’ve decided to go to …” Jordan said, in character, before delaying for drama. “Michigan State.