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Mail call: Wrapping up your Big Ten bowl season questions

It's so very early but who do you see making the 2016 Big Ten football title game? What's the outlook for Michigan in 2016? These are a few of the questions readers sent in, and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart tackles them all in his weekly mailbag.

Desmond King announces he will return to Iowa for senior season

Feels good to finish my education and to be with my brothers for my senior year. There will be those that say my decision is wrong but it's what's best for me. Let's make it a good one fellas🏈 A post shared by Desmond E King II (@iiam_blaqbadger14) on Jan 5, 2016 at 11:15am PST The 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner is coming back to Iowa City, Iowa. [ MORE: These Big Ten stars have declared for 2016 NFL Draft ] Iowa junior cornerback Desmond King announced he will return to school for his senior season in an Instagram post

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana enjoyed a breakthrough season in Kevin Wilson’s fifth year in Bloomington, taking the Hoosiers to their first bowl since 2007 and just their second since 1993. Alas, IU still hasn’t finished over .500 since 1994. And it last won a bowl in 1991. But progress is being made. Wilson has built a strong program around a dynamic offense that can run, pass and score points in bunches. The future looks promising for Indiana, as Wilson continues to recruit well. The next order of business: develop the defense, which remains an albatross around the program. The Hoosiers were last in

Big Ten links: Football season takeaways, Iowa's future & more

Penn State is turning the page as it moves to 2016, the third season under James Franklin. Christian Hackenberg is gone, as the offense transitions under a new QB and new coordinator. Those are just two questions facing PSU. Pennlive.com has 16 Penn State-related questions. *** Steve Politi of NJ.com has graded the Big Ten bowl teams and how they impact Rutgers. *** Former Husker Adam Carriker has key some key takeaways from the 2015 Nebraska season. Carriker says that considering that the Huskers’ seven losses came by a combined 31 points, it’s reasonable to believe that this team is

Eighty former Big Ten standouts listed on NFL playoff rosters

The NFL playoffs are set, and former Big Ten standouts litter the 12 teams’ active rosters. A total of 80 players find themselves on active rosters, paced by Ohio State (14), and every Big Ten team has at least one representative. To be clear, the number does not include players currently on injured reserve or Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers players who played before the schools entered the Big Ten. See the team-by-team breakdown below. ILLINOIS (4) Jeff Allen, OL, Kansas City Chiefs Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans Pierre Thomas, RB, Washington Redskins Tavon Wilson, DB, New England Patriots INDIANA (1)

Big Ten links: NFL draft entrants, Iowa basketball & much more

It was not a big shock to see Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg turn pro (or DT Austin Johnson, for that matter). But it did raise eyebrows when Hackenberg thanked myriad people as he left—but he omitted mentioning James Franklin. Interesting. I wish Hackenberg would have handled it better. Here is a look back at Hackenberg’s largely unfulfilling career at Penn State. Don’t you wonder how he would look now if Bill O’Brien had never left? *** Nice story on Ohio State’s Darron Lee, who arrived in Columbus having been a high school QB. Now, two years later, Lee was

How did we do? 2015-16 Big Ten bowl game picks revisited

Every week during the 2015 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and a Big Ten beat writer made their Big Ten game predictions. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Dienhart: Best of Big Ten bowls ] We also provided polls for Big Ten fans to pick their winners. With bowl season complete, it’s time to see how we fared with our postseason picks. Check out our predictions and the final season standings below. Rotating Beat Writer: Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB), foxsports.com 2015 record: 99-24 Bowl record: 6-4 Big Ten bowl picks: Duke 33, Indiana 27; UCLA 41, Nebraska

Dienhart: See my best of 2015-16 Big Ten bowl season

The Big Ten college football bowl season is officially in the books. Yes, the Big Ten came up short in its bid to defend the national title won last year by Ohio State. But the conference had some memorable moments during its 5-5 postseason.