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Latest Big Ten Bowls News

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

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.

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

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

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. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of

Tom Dienhart shares his Big Ten bowl confidence picks

How about some bowl picks based on confidence in my selections? Sure! You know the drill. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Here are my Big Ten bowl picks based on confidence, from most confident in the pick (10) to least (1). 10. Ohio State over Notre Dame, Fiesta Bowl 9. USC over Wisconsin, Holiday Bowl 8. Michigan over Florida, Citrus Bowl 7. Georgia over Penn State, TaxSlayer Bowl 6. Minnesota

Duke to wear alternate helmet vs. Indiana in Pinstripe Bowl

It isn’t uncommon for teams to debut new uniform designs during bowl season. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Duke, Indiana’s postseason opponent, is doing just that for the Pinstripe Bowl. The Blue Devils will don the alternate lid pictured in the tweet above when they take on the Hoosiers on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Pinstripe Bowl kicks off the Big Ten’s conference record-tying 10 bowl games. Read Tom

Minnesota punter Peter Mortell raising money for charity

Peter Mortell is so much more than one of the best punters in the Big Ten. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Known also for his mastery of social media, the Minnesota senior does plenty off the field to draw headlines. That includes charity work. A season ago, Mortell used his $452 Best Buy gift card from the Citrus Bowl to purchase items and donate them to needy kids at St.

Nov 21, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; A Iowa Hawkeyes fan holds up a sign showing the Hawks record after beating the Purdue Boilermakers at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa beat Purdue 40-20. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Rose Bowl Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes return to Pasadena on a mission

Iowa is making its first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1990 season. Stanford is back in Pasadena for the third time in four years. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The Cardinal doesn’t often see teams like Iowa, a big, tough physical squad that likes to punch foes in the mouth with the ground game. In fact, the one time it faced such a team, Stanford lost 16-6 at Northwestern in

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

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

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. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, Fitz has another crack at the Volunteers—this time as one of the Big Ten’s

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

Fiesta Bowl Preview: Ohio State gears up for Notre Dame

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. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Regardless, this is a good destination for the Scarlet and Gray, and it will be a good measuring stick playing a very talented ND squad.

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

Citrus Bowl preview: Michigan, Florida will bring the defense

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. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines

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

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

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. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Neither team is championship-caliber this season. The Bulldogs had high hopes in August, and the defense did its part. But