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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

Badgers arrive

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

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

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

Russell Wilson

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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Saturday's Sights & Sounds from Indy

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Father, Son Break it Down

As a BTN.com web editor, I’m in Indianapolis covering the Big Ten Football Championship and filing reports including videos and tweets. I’ll also snap off some photos. Follow me on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina). The Fan Fest has a feature where you can sit at the anchor desk and call a highlight reel. I met the father-son duo of Mark and Andy DeNato and watched them break down the Big Ten title game.

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Dienhart: Big Ten Football Notebook

Michigan State's William Gholston

2011 Big Ten Football Awards

INDIANAPOLIS-Michigan State is hungry for its first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1987 season. It also is motivated to earn some respect. This is a program that has the best league record in the Big Ten over the past four years. This is a program that has won 10-games in consecutive seasons for the first time ever and is aiming for its first back-to-back Big Ten titles since 1965-66.

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Video: Bielema & Dantonio on Friday

Bielema-Dantonio-trophy B1G Presser

Bret Bielema - Championship Preview Interview

Friday night Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio talked with our Big Ten Network team in Indianapolis leading up to Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championship. Watch Bielema now and dive inside this post for our Dantonio interview and the complete press conference for each coach from earlier in the day. For more, go to our Big Ten Football Championship section for more updates on this game.

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Five keys to Saturday's Big Ten Championship

Wisconsin's Russell Wilson

Big Ten Blast: Dec. 2nd Afternoon Update

The first meeting between Michigan State and Wisconsin was an epic encounter that most consider to be the game of the year in the Big Ten. The Badgers raced to a 14-0 lead before seeing the Spartans go on a tear to lead 23-14 at halftime. Michigan State pushed its lead to 31-17 early in the fourth quarter before Wisconsin rallied to tie the game, 31-31.

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Dienhart: What Does A Title Game Mean to Big Ten?

The Big Ten finally has a showcase event to cap its football season, kicking off the inaugural Big Ten championship game this Saturday at 8:17 p.m. ET in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with Legends Division champ Michigan State playing Leaders Division champ Wisconsin.

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Dienhart: Experts give title contenders scouting report

Intriguing matchups abound in the Big Ten title game. How will Michigan State’s stellar defense deal with Wisconsin’s super-charged ground game? Can the Badgers slow down the hot hand of Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins? Will Michigan State be able to run against an underrated Wisconsin defense? I talked to some Big Ten coaches to get their frank, off-the-record comments about how they attacked and defended the two Big Ten teams that will meet on Saturday night in Indianapolis in the inaugural Big Ten title game.

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Dienhart: Breaking down the matchups II

Yesterday, I compared the offensive and defensive lines, offensive backfields and receiving corps for Michigan State and Wisconsin as they prepare for the Big Ten title game (read the post). Today, I look at the linebackers, defensive backfields, special teams, coaching staffs and intangibles for the Spartans and Badgers. Which team holds the edge in each category?

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Dienhart: Breaking down the matchups

With the Big Ten championship game matchup set, it’s time to start looking at Wisconsin and Michigan State from a unit by unit standpoint. Who has the edge on the offensive line? Defensive line? Offensive backfield? Receiving corps? We take a look today.

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Dantonio vs. Bielema: Inside the 5 meetings

Mark Dantonio and Bret Bielema have met five times as head coaches of Michigan State and Wisconsin. The former owns a 3-2 advantage in the competitive and entertaining head-to-head battle, including victories in three of the last four matchups. The two, of course, will meet for a sixth time in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday. Before that happens, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina takes a look back at the last five encounters. Plus, listen to the latest coaches’ teleconference.

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Meet the 2011 Big Ten Title Game Teams

Big Ten Championship Game Logo

Wisconsin at Michigan State - Football Highlights

P4RB. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? It doesn’t mean anything to you. But it means everything to Michigan State. Its meaning: Prepare For the Rose Bowl. And it has become a motivating acronym for the Spartans in their improbable quest for the Big Ten championship and trip to Pasadena.

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