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Dienhart: 10 reasons why Ohio State can win

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Jackson, Jansen Pick B1G Championship Players to Watch

There’s a lot to like about Ohio State and its chances to beat Michigan State in the league title tilt and win the Big Ten championship. The biggest hope is a killer offense. Here are 10 reasons why the Buckeyes can win the conference and perhaps go to the BCS title game for the first time since making back-to-back appearances after the 2006-07 seasons.

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Dienhart: 10 reasons why Michigan State can win

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DiNardo on Dantonio's "Why Not Us" Comment

There’s a lot to like about Michigan State and its chances to beat Ohio State in the league title tilt and win the Big Ten championship. The biggest hope is a killer defense. Here are 10 reasons why the Spartans can win the conference and go to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1987 season.

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Jackson, Jansen Pick B1G Championship Players to Watch

BTN will provide extensive coverage of the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis this weekend, when No. 2 Ohio State takes on No. 10 Michigan State. Leading up to the action, BTN will air the Big Ten Football Championship team press conferences Friday from 3:30-4:30 PM ET.  Later, #BTNLive, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason, will air live from the Big Ten Fan Fest at 6 PM ET. Also, Mike Hall will host the Big Ten Football Report Championship Preview at 7 PM ET with analysts Brandon Williams, Jim Miller and Stanley Jackson.

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Scouting Report: Big Ten assistants on Ohio State

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What Does Alabama's Loss Mean for OSU?

The coaches for Michigan State and Ohio State are furiously game-planning for the Big Ten championship game. I asked several Big Ten coordinators who have prepared for and stared down the Spartans and Buckeyes for their off-the-record views and ideas on how to attack each team. Here’s what they said.

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Scouting Report: Big Ten assistants on Michigan State

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2013 Defensive Lineman of the Year: Shilique Calhoun

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The coaches for Michigan State and Ohio State are furiously game-planning for the Big Ten championship game. I asked several Big Ten coordinators who have prepared for and stared down the Spartans and Buckeyes for their off-the-record views and ideas on how to attack each team. Here’s what they said.

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Dienhart: Finally, a big B1G title game

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Ohio State at Michigan - Football Highlights

This is what the Big Ten needs: A league championship game with some true national big-game appeal that could launch the conference on an upward trajectory.

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Twitter: Is title game Big Ten's biggest game since '06?

Devyn Salmon

What Does Alabama's Loss Mean for OSU?

The Big Ten title game is going to be great. Not only do you have 11-1 Michigan State vs. 12-0 Ohio State, you have Michigan State’s No. 1 defense vs. Ohio State’s No. 1 offense. There’s more intriguing storylines, too. Like, Ohio State can make the BCS title game with a win. That got BTN’s Mike Hall wondering if this was the biggest Big Ten game since Michigan-Ohio State in 2006.

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Audio: Spartans, Buckeyes talk B1G title game

On Monday, Ohio State and Michigan State players spoke with reporters from around the country about the upcoming Big Ten Football Championship game in Indianapolis. Listen to what group of players each had to say about reaching the title game and their opponents

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Audio: Mark Dantonio, Urban Meyer meet media

On Sunday, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio spoke with reporters from around the country about the upcoming Big Ten Football Championship game in Indianapolis. Listen to what each had to say about his team’s shot at capturing the conference title.

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Dienhart: Big Ten Championship notes

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Bret Bielema B1G Pre-Championship Game Press Conference

The Journey 2012

Injuries are a key factor in any game, and this game is no different. Nebraska will miss the presence of tackle Baker Steinkuhler on the interior of the defensive line. The Huskers need Chase Rome—among others—to step up with Steinkuhler out. And center Justin Jackson is out. It will be Mark Pelini or Cole Pensick at center.

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Pelini, Huskers eye first Big Ten football crown

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Bo Pelini B1G Pre-Championship Game Press Conference

The Journey 2012

This Big Ten title game is about more than celebrating the culmination of the season and crowning a conference champ. This Big Ten title game is about validating a program—and validating a coach. I’m talking about Nebraska and Bo Pelini. That’s what’s at stake on Saturday night inside Lucas Oil Stadium—the “House the Peyton Manning Built.”

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Yarina: Big Ten title game offers plenty

This should be fun. The 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, that is. People will argue it’s not going to be much of a game, because it doesn’t feature the Big Ten’s top team – 12-0 Leaders Division champ Ohio State – it’s a rematch of a game earlier this season, and it includes a 7-5 Wisconsin team that has lost three of its last four.

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Dienhart: Scouting reports on Huskers, Badgers

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

The Big Ten title game is almost upon us, and who better to break down Nebraska and Wisconsin than coordinators from other Big Ten schools? I dialed up six Big Ten coordinators from both sides of the ball and talked off the record with the guys who watched film, prepared game plans and stared down each team on a Saturday this fall. I asked them for their frank, candid and unvarnished analysis of each team.

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Mix & Matchup: Badgers vs. Huskers

Sep 29, 2012; Lincoln, NE, USA; Wisconsin Badgers defender Mike Taylor (53) tackles Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead (22) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Wisconsin at Nebraska - Football Highlights

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Act Two of the Big Ten title game is almost upon us, but it will be difficult to top last year’s 42-39 sprint that Wisconsin won over Michigan State. Still, Wisconsin and Nebraska will try. Like last year’s Badgers-Spartans game, this year’s Badgers-Huskers game is a rematch of a scintillating regular-season meeting.

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Dienhart: Two Teams Deliver One for the Ages

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Tom Dienhart Predicts Big Ten Bowl Selections

INDIANAPOLIS – The notion of three yards and cloud of dust was trashed on this night. Instead, the inaugural Big Ten championship game was a celebration of yards, points–and more yards and points. And a running into the kicker penalty on Michigan State that killed the Spartans’ last hope to score to rally for the winning score.

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Roses are Red! Wisconsin wins Big Ten Thriller

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Big Ten Football Championship Highlights: Wisconsin vs. Michigan State

In a game filled with action from start to finish, Wisconsin defeated Michigan State to win the first Big Ten Football Championship Game, 42-39. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart writes that few thought this game had much of a chance to live up to the first meeting in October but it certainly did. Now Wisconsin heads to their second straight Rose Bowl on Jan. 2, thanks in large part to Montee Ball’s 137 rushing yards and four total touchdowns.

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See Big Ten Football Championship Pics

Bret Bielema

The Images of the Year

We posted photos from the Big Ten Football Championship throughout the game itself. Now look back and see some great shots of  Russell Wilson, Montee Ball, Keshawn Johnson, a three-photo sequence of that crazy lateral by Keith Nichol, and much more.  And since we’re on the topic of great images, watch a very cool video from the  BTN pregame show spotlighting the images of the year in the Big Ten.

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