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Dienhart: Car Care Bowl of Texas Preview

Northwestern makes a school-record fourth straight bowl trip when it plays Texas A&M at noon ET Dec. 31 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down the game, gives his keys and offers his prediction. See it all in this post. Also, view our entire 2011-12 bowl schedule.

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Dienhart: Breaking Down the Insight Bowl

Iowa fell to Oklahoma 31-14 in Friday night’s Insight Bowl and the Hawkeyes really missed RB Marcus Coker, who was suspended earlier this month for breaking team rules. Coker was the nucleus of the Hawkeye attack, ranking 14th in the nation in rushing (115.3 ypg) with 15 touchdowns. Iowa went with a running back-by-committee approach that had mixed results, running 37 times for 76 yards (2.1 ypc). My pregame prediction was Oklahoma 34-21 – not too shabby – but I also learned a few things from this game.

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Iowa comes up short at Insight Bowl

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Iowa vs. Oklahoma - Insight Bowl Highlights

Blake Bell ran for three touchdowns to help No. 19 Oklahoma survive a late rally and a crashing camera to beat Iowa 31-14 in the Insight Bowl Friday night. Iowa (7-6) fell into a 21-0 hole before rallying behind two touchdown passes from James Vandenberg. The Hawkeyes came up just short and dodged a potential disaster when an overhead camera crashed to the field next to receiver Marvin McNutt in the closing minutes (see photos of the crashed camera). Jump inside for links to stats and recaps for each quarter of the Insight Bowl.

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Dienhart: Odd protest for Illini assistant coaches

News that three Illinois assistant coaches may boycott Saturday’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is disappointing, as reported late Friday by the Chicago Tribune. Joe Gilbert, Chip Long and Jeff Brohm may not coach in the bowl against UCLA on Saturday because they claim they were unaware that they had signed one-year deals. Instead, the trio says it had been told it had inked two-year contracts.

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Wisconsin's Bielema Aims For Rose Bowl Title

Wisconsin's Bret Bielema

Bret Bielema - Rose Bowl Media Day Interview

LOS ANGELES — It’s good to be Bret Bielema, the Wisconsin football coach who is riding a wave of success that has seen him and the Badgers win consecutive Big Ten titles. And off field, life is even better, as the long-time bachelor is going to get married in March.

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News & Notes from Rose Bowl Media Day

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Tom Dienhart's Rose Bowl Preview

Last year, Wisconsin saw defensive coordinator Dave Doeren leave for the Northern Illinois job prior to the Rose Bowl. This year, the Badgers are in a similar situation: offensive coordinator Paul Chryst will leave after Monday’s Rose Bowl to take the Pitt job. But like Doeren, Chryst has remained with Wisconsin for the Rose Bowl. There’s still work to do.

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Insight Bowl Preview: Iowa vs. OU

For the second consecutive season, Kirk Ferentz and Iowa are headed back to the Insight Bowl. A season ago, the Hawkeyes upset Missouri in Tempe, Ariz., and now they will try to do the same against Oklahoma on December 30. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down the game, gives his keys and offers his prediction. See it all in this post. Also, view our entire 2011-12 bowl schedule.

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Badgers meet the media, play Big Buck Hunter

Wisconsin and Oregon met the Rose Bowl media on Wednesday at the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown. There, as they do leading up to any game during the season, the Badgers and Ducks fielded reporters’ questions. The crowd was bigger, though, considering this is the Granddaddy of Them All. Oh, and there was also some fun, with the players taking their turns on Big Buck Hunter. See a picture of Nick Toon playing the game in this post, plus other Rose Bowl pictures.

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Dienhart: Little Caesars Bowl Reaction

Purdue got the Big Ten off to a good start in the conference’s first of a record 10 bowl games, holding off Western Michigan 37-32 in the Little Caesars Bowl on Tuesday. The win marked Purdue’s first bowl win under Danny Hope and its first since winning the 2007 Motor City Bowl. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned from the Little Caesars Bowl and check out our entire bowl schedule.

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Purdue holds off W. Michigan, 37-32

Purdue's Danny Hope

Purdue vs. W. Michigan - 2011 Little Caesars Bowl Highlights

(AP) Purdue recovered two onside kicks and Raheem Mostert returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown before halftime to give Purdue a big lead, and the Boilermakers held on to beat Western Michigan 37-32 Tuesday night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Broncos had the ball with a chance to go ahead, but their comeback hopes ended when quarterback Alex Carder fumbled for his fifth turnover with just under 2 minutes left.

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Big Ten Teams Eye Big Splash in Bowls

The time is now for the Big Ten. It’s bowl season. And it’s a chance for the Big Ten to make amends for a rugged 2010 postseason, especially a New Year’s Day that left the Big Ten with a hangover. It all began with Northwestern getting tripped by Texas Tech, 45-38, in the TicketCity Bowl. And the hits kept on coming on one of the darkest bowl game days in Big Ten annals.

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Football Report Brings Big Ten Bowl Updates

On tonight’s Big Ten Football Report, our Rick Pizzo, Gerry Dinardo and Howard Griffith get you updated on the latest in college football, including the NCAA sanctions on Ohio State and how the penalties will impact the Buckeyes moving forward. Also, we look ahead to the bowl games and the most intriguing story lines, including a look at Marcus Coker’s suspension for the Insight Bowl. Our handy bowl game schedule with TV and game times is right here, too.

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Dienhart: Let's debate all-time best bowl games

Fans love to debate it: What were the best bowl games in my school’s history? Well, with the postseason on our doorstep, here are my picks for the top three postseason efforts for the 10 Big Ten schools in action this season. Let the debate begin. You can bet there are a lot of Rose Bowl games listed in this post. What makes The Grandaddy of Them All so special?

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Dienhart: My Best of the College Football Bowls

Iowa's James Vandenberg

The Ultimate Montee Ball Highlight Reel

Earlier this week we ranked the 2011-2012 college football bowl games as a sort of TV guide for the discerning Big Ten viewer who might not be looking to watch all 35 games, Big Ten and otherwise. And before the bowls take off I’ll be previewing each of the ten Big Ten bowl games in detail, too (full college bowl schedule here).

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Dienhart: Ranking the Bowls, from 1-35

The Poulan-Weedeater Bowl is long gone, unfortunately. But there is no shortage of bowl action. To get you ready for a holiday feast of 35 bowls, following is a ranking of the bowls from best to worst. With so many postseason games, you have to choose wisely with time at a minimum during this busy time of year.

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Dienhart: Quick Look at Big Ten Bowl Matchups

Michigan's Brady Hoke

Ryan VanBergen Interview - Bowl Selection Special

The Big Ten is bursting with bowl teams, as a record 10 schools are headed to the postseason. The Big Ten has two teams in the BCS for the seventh season in a row. And its 10 bowl eligible teams are the most since 2007.

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Record 10 Big Ten Teams Headed to Bowls

Kyle Wojta

Big Ten Pulse - Dec. 6, 2011

We already knew Wisconsin was headed to the Rose Bowl this bowl season. That much was decided with Saturday night’s thrilling victory over Michigan State in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game. The rest of the bowl pairings were announced Sunday night, and when all was said and done, the Big Ten accepted a record 10 invitations. Here’s the list: Illinois (Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl), Michigan (Sugar Bowl), Michigan State (Outback Bowl), Nebraska (Capital One Bowl), Northwestern (Meineke Car Care Bowl), Ohio State (Gator Bowl), Penn State (TicketCity Bowl), Purdue (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl) and Wisconsin (Rose Bowl). See all the pairings in this post.

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