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Foster Farms Bowl: Nebraska rallies, holds off UCLA, 37-29

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Nebraska was one of three teams in the postseason with a 5-7 record. UCLA also arrived in the Foster Farm’s Bowl slumping, losing two of its last three after looking like a contender in the Pac-12 South.

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Merry Christmas! Here's one Big Ten football fact for every bowl

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Merry Christmas, Big Ten fans! Indiana and Nebraska are set to kick off the Big Ten bowl season Saturday as the Hoosiers will take on Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, while the Huskers will battle UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. There are 12 bowl games in the books, but just because the Big Ten has yet to play, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of Big Ten story lines surrounding bowl season.

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Cotton Bowl preview: Spartans, Tide play for title game berth

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio receive the trophy from Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Michigan State won 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Dantonio discusses playoff berth

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This is an interesting playoff matchup pitting former Michigan State coach Nick Saban vs. Mark Dantonio, a one-time Saban aide in East Lansing. When these teams line up, it will be like looking in a mirror. Both have tough, physical offenses built on punching defenses in the nose with the running game. And the defenses for each team are anchored by two of the best lines in the nation.

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Outback Bowl preview: Fitz, NU look for revenge vs. Tennessee

Nov 21, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald stands prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.   Northwestern won 13-7.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Fitzgerald talks Outback Bowl berth

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Hard to believe 19 years have passed since Peyton Manning—yes, THAT Peyton Manning—led Tennessee to a 48-28 vs. Northwestern in a New Year’s Day Bowl in Florida. Pat Fitzgerald couldn’t stop Manning on that day in the Citrus Bowl as a BMOC linebacker for the Wildcats. No shame in that.

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Fiesta Bowl Preview: Ohio State gears up for Notre Dame

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Chase Farris (57) congratulates Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) on touchdown in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer talks about Notre Dame

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Two schools that came oh-so-close to making the playoffs square off in what should be one of the best bowls of the season. In fact, the Buckeyes may have a better case to be in the Rose Bowl than Iowa.

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Citrus Bowl preview: Michigan, Florida will bring the defense

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight (3) drops back to pass during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan TE Jake Butt joins BTN Live

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Two of college football’s top brands square off led by two of the nation’s most successful first-year coaches. Jim Harbaugh was a revelation at his alma mater, engineering a nine-win season for a program that missed the postseason last year. He had the Wolverines in contention for the East title deep into November. Jim McElwain arrived from Colorado State and has breathed life into a Florida program that stumbled badly under Will Muschamp.

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TaxSlayer Bowl preview: Penn State looks to end on high note

Oct 31, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) drops back to pass against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium.  Penn State won 39-0.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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When this matchup was announced, many folks who have been around awhile flashed back to 1983. That’s when these programs met in the Sugar Bowl after the 1982 season for the national title. Penn State beat Herschel Walker and the Bulldogs to win the championship.

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Pinstripe Bowl preview: Indiana, Duke eye long-awaited bowl win

Nov 21, 2015; College Park, MD, USA;  Indiana Hoosiers running back Devine Redding (34) runs past Maryland Terrapins linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. (23) during the second quarter at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Devine Redding hurdles Purdue

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This is a battle of two schools known more for their illustrious basketball programs. But the football fortunes of each are on the rise. And they get to show their wares on the grand New York City stage in iconic Yankee Stadium.

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Foster Farms Bowl preview: Nebraska vs. UCLA

Nov 7, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle Vincent Valentine (98) celebrates as the clock runs down against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium. The Cornhuskers won 39-38. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

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To call Mike Riley’s debut in Lincoln “bumpy” would be an understatement. His trial run was filled the agony of several close, crushing defeats. There was a loss vs. BYU on a Hail Mary … there was an overtime setback at Miami (Fla.) that squandered a gutty comeback … and on it went in a season noteworthy for its soul-ripping losses that ended 5-7.

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Quick Lane Bowl preview: Minnesota vs. Central Michigan

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Minnesota is one of three teams in the nation that is in a bowl despite having a losing record. Regardless of your opinion about 5-7 teams bowling, it’s a chance for the Golden Gophers to finish the season on an up-note after they lost five of their last six games coming off consecutive 8-5 seasons that had fueled optimism.

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Dienhart: My player on the spot in every Big Ten bowl game

Nov 21, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Justin Jackson (21) dives for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jackson finds the end zone at Wisconsin

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The Big Ten has 10 bowl teams, headlined by Michigan State’s trip to the playoffs to take on Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. And each team has one guy, one solitary figure who most likely needs to have a big game if his team wants to win.

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Dienhart: One storyline for every 2015-16 Big Ten bowl game

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans offensive lineman Nick Padla (77) celebrates after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Michigan State won 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Dantonio on success, College Football Playoff

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Every game has a storyline, right? So what are they for the 10 Big Ten bowl teams? From Michigan State and its playoff matchup with Alabama in the Cotton Bowl to Minnesota and its battle vs. Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl, here is what to watch for.

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