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Dienhart: See my best of 2015-16 Big Ten bowl season

Dec 30, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Joel Stave (2) hugs wide receiver Robert Wheelwright (15) after beating the USC Trojans 23-21during the fourth quarter in the 2015 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

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The Big Ten college football bowl season is officially in the books.

Yes, the Big Ten came up short in its bid to defend the national title won last year by Ohio State. But the conference had some memorable moments during its 5-5 postseason.

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Rose Bowl: McCaffrey leads Stanford to win over Iowa

Jan 1, 2016; Pasadena, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) drops back to pass against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2016 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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This time last year, Iowa was getting scortched by Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl to cap a disappointing 7-6 season that set in motion an offseason of tumult. Kirk Ferentz examined his program and made alterations, including switching practices from afternoon to morning. But most prescient, Ferentz tabbed C.J. Beathard the QB over Jake Rudock shortly after the loss to the Vols. Rudock transferred to Michigan, Beathard became a star and the rest is history.

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Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Alabama blanks No. 3 Michigan State

So many storylines dominated the Cotton Bowl matchup. Michigan State was making its first playoff appearance coming off a Big Ten title. Alabama was here last year, getting upset as the No. 1 seed by Ohio State, which went on to win the championship. Protégé (Mark Dantonio) was trying to beat mentor (Nick Saban). On it went.

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Scouting report: Coaches detail Alabama's offense & defense

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BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart talked to some assistant football coaches who took on Alabama this season to get an insider’s scouting report on the Crimson Tide offense and defense ahead of Michigan State’s game in the Cotton Bowl. Here’s what those coaches told our senior writer.

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Five keys to a Michigan State victory over Alabama tonight

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When Michigan State takes on Alabama tonight, we’ll all be watching closely. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart suggests we keep an eye out for these five keys the Spartans need to unlock the Crimson Tide and advance to the title game. You know this already, but none of them will come easily.

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BTN Live at 6 p.m. ET: Full preview of Michigan State vs. Alabama

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MSU's Cook: 'The main thing is to finish'

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The College Football Playoff games are finally here tonight as Clemson faces Oklahoma ahead of Michigan State taking on Alabama. First, catch “BTN Live” at 6 p.m. ET today for the latest look at the Cotton Bowl matchup. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are in Dallas for the game and have reports from the stadium.

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Holiday Bowl: Defense shines as Badgers hold off No. 25 USC

Dec 30, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers tight end Austin Traylor (46) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the USC Trojans during the third quarter in the 2015 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium.

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BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is watching every Big Ten bowl game, and on Wednesday night he rolled out his assessment of Wisconsin’s impressive 23-21 win over No. 25 USC in the Holiday Bowl. See his grades and his overall take in this post.

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Michigan State QB Connor Cook says shoulder feels great

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How does it feel to be the Big Ten champ?

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Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook says his shoulder is feeling great after a late-season injury. The third-ranked Spartans plays No. 2 Alabama on Thursday night in the Cotton Bowl semifinal of the College Football Playoff.

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