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Debate it: Do you want to see an eight-team playoff?

BCS. College Football Playoff. Whatever it is, fans are going to find flaws in the system. [ MORE: Read our Week 12 picks, then vote for yours | 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 ] This is the second year of the College Football Playoff era, and with weekly rankings behind released every Tuesday night, arguments heat up on a daily basis. Is a four-team playoff the right move? What would

Michigan State, Ohio State to wear #ChadTough on helmets

Michigan State and Ohio State will meet in Columbus in a Top 10 matchup on Saturday. [ MORE: Read our Week 12 picks, then vote for yours | 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] Both schools are rivals of Michigan, but they will be putting their rivalry on hold come this weekend. The Spartans and Buckeyes will be wearing “#ChadTough” decals on their helmets Saturday, in support of

Big Ten Player Rankings: Elliott lands on top, Howard moving up

Week 12 of the Big Ten football season is less than 24 hours away, ladies and gentlemen! [ MORE: Read our Week 12 picks, then vote for yours | 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] We have seen so many outstanding games thus far, and even more amazing individual performances. In last week’s edition of Big Ten Player Rankings, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart had Ezekiel Elliott as

Week 12 Takes: Playoff scenarios, defensive trends & bowl chances

Most experts agree that an unbeaten Big Ten champion will seize a spot in the four-team college football playoff, but what about a one-loss Michigan State squad? Speaking of Michigan, keep an eye on its rush defense. And Indiana is fighting for its bowl life. Read these takes and more leading into a very intriguing Big Ten Week 12 in football.

Big Ten links: Football title game buzz ahead of Saturday's kickoffs

You bet Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has an interest in the Michigan State at Ohio State game. His squad still has a shot to win the East. To do so, the Wolverines need to win at Penn State on Saturday, but they also need the Buckeyes to beat the Spartans tomorrow. That would set up a winner-take-all clash Nov. 28 in Ann Arbor for the East title. The last time Ohio State and Michigan played in a game where any type of championship was decided was 2006 when both teams were undefeated and ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally. If

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.