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All-Bowl Team: Let's spot the stars facing 10 Big Ten teams

The Big Ten has 10 teams in bowl games, with Michigan State vs. Alabama (Cotton), Iowa vs. Stanford (Rose) and Ohio State vs. Notre Dame (Fiesta) leading the way. And there will be no shortage of quality opponents for conference schools to contend with. [ 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 ] Heading the list are the top running backs in the nation in Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, who are No.

Throwback Thursday: Look back at season's first power rankings

As we approach the end of the season, it’s fun to reflect back on predictions. It can be revealing, insightful … and painful. Here is a glance back at my first Big Ten power ranking for 2015 written shortly after I complete our annual tour of all 14 Big Ten football summer training camps. I hear a bunch from our readers all season long – some notes are fun, some note are very angry. It’s all part of the gig. By now you probably now that I’m on Twitter and Facebook, but you can always reach me via email by using

MSU's Price on brother with cerebral palsy: 'His face was priceless'

Michigan State tight end Josiah Price was featured on the season finale of “The Journey: 2015 Big Ten Football” and he talks about his younger brother Barak, who has cerebral palsy. “It just makes things a little bit harder for him,” Josia Price says of his brother’s cerebral palsy. But Barak loves sports and is active in many of them. Despite his parents’ initial hesitation, the boy signed up to play football just like his older brother. Watch the family describe Barak’s love for sports in this clip, and then stay for the end to see the young man make a big

Big Ten links: Catch up on these football, basketball headlines

Maryland and Michigan appear to have lined up key new additions to their football staffs. Michigan hoops could use a spark. What about Nebraska vs. Kansas State in football? And here's one writer's look at the season of QB play at Ohiop State. Get your Thursday Big ten headlines in this post.

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.