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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten football all year. Check out these links:

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FOXSports.com's Clay Travis: 'SEC is still king of college football'

Let’s talk facts, OK? [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The Big Ten is home to the reigning national champ (Ohio State). The SEC hasn’t won the the national crown since 2012, this after its unbelievable run of dominance at the end of the BCS era. The Big Ten has one team (Michigan State) in the second annual College Football Playoff. The SEC also has one (Alabama). The Big Ten went 2-2

Iowa fans are going all out for Rose Bowl tickets

Are you an Iowa Hawkeye fan? Are you trying to get a ticket to see the Hawkeyes take on Stanford in the Rose Bowl? Well… Good luck. According to KCRG-TV9 reporter Mark Carlson, the University of Iowa has received nearly 40,000 Rose Bowl ticket requests to fill an allotment of 22,000 fans. Rose Bowl fever is at an all-time high for an Iowa Hawkeyes program that hasn’t played in the game since the 1990 season. After 25 years, expect Hawkeye fans to pay a pretty penny to see their team in Pasadena. According to Matt Cozzi of Hawkeyecentral.com, the official

Big Ten Mailbag: Our guy answers your postseason questions

You have questions? I have answers in my Big Ten Mailbag. Is Michigan State’s offense better than Alabama’s? Did I rank the Iowa-Stanford Rose Bowl matchup too low in my bowl rankings? Will Nebraska whip UCLA in its bowl? I address those topics and others. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Will Michigan State be better off running screens and draws instead of running into the teeth of Alabama’s defense? – Jeff

Dienhart: One storyline for every 2015-16 Big Ten bowl game

Every game has a storyline, right? So what are they for the 10 Big Ten bowl teams? From Michigan State and its playoff matchup with Alabama in the Cotton Bowl to Minnesota and its battle vs. Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl, here is what to watch for. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Indiana. Just getting to a bowl is a big deal for the Hoosiers, who last went in

Title game gets 'Journey' treatment tonight @ 11 p.m. ET

The season finale of “The Journey: 2015 Big Ten Football” airs Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET and provides an all-encompassing look at the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship. From the moment the teams arrive to the victory celebration, our crew followed Michigan State and Iowa to capture the story of the game and some amazing images. Are you on social media? Follow “The Journey” on Twitter and go behind the scenes with show producers running @BTNJourney for updates, photos, videos and more. We’re also on Facebook and Instagram, too. Previous episodes of our weekly can be found on demand at

University of Maryland president urges Byrd Stadium name change

Former University of Maryland President H.C. "Curley" Byrd's name should come off of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium because he worked to maintain racial segregation and endorsed "separate but equal" education, the current president said Monday.

Connor Cook wins 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Michigan State’s Connor Cook is the recipient of the 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback, it was announced Tuesday afternoon. The winningest quarterback in school history (34-4), Cook threw for 2,921 yards and 24 touchdowns while leading the Spartans (12-1) to an appearance in the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Alabama (12-1) in the Dec. 31 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Cook beat out TCU’s Trevone Boykin, USC’s Cody Kessler, Memphis’ Paxton Lynch and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott to become just the second Big Ten quarterback to claim the honor, following

Big Ten links: Chris Ash reaction, Ohio State hypothetical & more

Chris Ash officially was introduced as head coach at Rutgers on Monday. He is a bright defensive mind who is ready for the next step after helping run the Ohio State defense the last two years. Steve Politi of NJ.com has five first impressions. Politi thinks Ash should leave his OSU post now and dedicate himself to RU. But Ash will coach in the Fiesta Bowl with the Buckeyes. I like it. Here are Ash’s contract terms. Ash, who turns 42 on Dec. 24, has a five-year, $11-million deal and will receive a guaranteed salary starting at $2 million for

It's time to see what's inside 2015-16 Big Ten bowl gift bags

Every year this comes out, and I love to check it out. It’s a look at the contents in the bowl goody bags given to players. And some of the loot is pretty sweet. [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Watches, sandals, sunglasses, $300 gift cards to Best Buy … even something called a Ogio backack with hydration bladder. I guess I want one. I don’t know. Maybe. Check it all out. It’s a nice haul for