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Four Big Ten teams ranked in top 10 of final AP poll

Bowl season didn't go as planned for the Big Ten, which went 3-7, including a 1-3 clip in New Year's Six games. But the voters knew how good the Big Ten was all season, and that fact was evident in the final AP poll that includes a quartet of Big Ten teams in the top 10.

Brian Ferentz named new Iowa offensive coordinator

Brian Ferentz, a former Hawkeye football team captain and three-year letterman who has been a member of the University of Iowa coaching staff the past five seasons, has been named Iowa football’s offensive coordinator, Kirk Ferentz announced Monday.

Le'Veon Bell sets Steelers' rushing record (168 yards) for playoff game

Le’Veon Bell or Ezekiel Elliott? Regardless of one’s choice for the NFL’s top running back (both starred in the Big Ten, by the way), Bell put on an absolute show Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh’s easy AFC Wild Card victory over Miami. The former Michigan State standout ran for a Steeelers’ franchise single-game playoff record 167 yards, to go along with a pair of touchdowns. Bell, who totaled 1,884 yards and nine touchdwons in the regular, and Pittsburgh travel to Kansas City next week. Ex-@MSU_Football star Le'Veon Bell does what he does in the NFL playoffs, too. https://t.co/018V1NyG0N (via @NFL) —

Tom Dienhart's early look at the Big Ten West Division in 2017

I've taken a look at how I think the Big Ten East may play out in 2017. Now, let's examine the Big Ten West. Can anyone dethrone Wisconsin? Could Nebraska be a sleeper team? Does Iowa have life without QB C.J. Beathard?

Tom Dienhart's early look at the Big Ten East Division in 2017

Yes, the 2017 football season is a ways off, but spring football is only a few months away. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart kicks off his early look at 2017 with an assessment of each East Divison team as of ... right now.