1. Illinois Defense Is Enough To Fuel a Win vs. UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

    Illinois 20 - UCLA 14 The only hunger Kraft neglected was the hunger for good offensive football. The bowl game matched up perhaps the two most wounded, haphazard bowl teams in the nation this year...

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  2. Big Ten Bowl Week: Iowa Comes Up with Too Little, Too Late

    Outside of the scoreboard, the first three quarters of Friday night's game could not have went much better for Iowa...

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  3. Big Ten Bowl Week: What Marcus Coker's Suspension Means for Iowa's Offense

    These days it seems like it is safer to be the drummer for Spinal Tap than play running back for Iowa. Running backs in Iowa City just don't seem to last...

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  4. 2011 Bowl Predictions: Father vs. Son Picks ATS for Big Ten Bowl Week

    The holiday season is a time for many things: togetherness, stuffing your face with desserts and huge meals, awkward meetings with extended family and stress-inducing trips to the store for last-minute gifts...

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  5. Big Ten Bowl Week: Purdue Plays a MAC Team and Lives to Tell About It

    Purdue 37, Western Michigan 32 Half-empty stadium, sloppy ball-handling leading to a flurry of fumbles, tipped interceptions (and more fumbles), ridiculous special teams plays...

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  6. Big Ten Football: What a Bowl Win Would Mean for Purdue (and a Loss Too)

    There are few places quite like Detroit in December. At least, few places that people will venture to watch an exhibition football game. It's cold in Detroit, but not so cold that you can't go outside without gloves or a hat or risk frostbite...

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  7. How Will Paul Chryst's Departure Affect the Wisconsin Badgers in 2012?

    Success breeds success. In no other sport is a team as beholden to its past successes than in college football. Decades of winning builds large fan bases, which in turn fill athletic department coffers and sets a school up to win and win even more...

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  8. How Curtis Drake's Punch Affects Penn State's Chance at a Bowl Win

    As if Penn State needed something else to deal with, you can now add "locker room altercation" to the list of things the football team would like to forget all about this year...

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  9. The NCAA's Ohio State Verdict: Close to Justice

    Almost a year to the day that the original "Tattoo Five" scandal broke, the Ohio State Buckeyes learned exactly what everything was going to cost the program. The answer: more than anyone—Gene Smith, especially—expected...

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  10. 2011 Bowl Predictions: 10 Key Offensive Big Ten Players in Bowl Games

    The Big Ten doesn't have a particularly good national image right now, and a large part of that has to do with the way the conference has performed in bowl games recently...

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  11. Big Ten in the Bowls: How Will the Conference Finish?

    If you want an explanation for why the Big Ten is largely viewed as a second-tier football conference outside of the Midwest, look no farther than the Big Ten's recent history during bowl season...

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  12. College Football Point/Counterpoint: Can Dayne Crist Be the Next Russell Wilson

    One of the overlooked story lines of the 2011 season is just how effective Russell Wilson has been in his "free agent" year at Wisconsin...

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  13. Big Ten Recruiting: Urban Meyer's Big Splash

    "He's climbin' in your window, snatchin' yo people up." Way back yonder in 2007, Rich Rodriguez came to the Big Ten with big plans to shake up the stodgy old conference with his newfangled spread...

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  14. Big Ten Bowl Preview Extravaganza

    The Heisman has been handed out; Navy has beaten Army again, and we are less than a week away from the beginning of the ever-expanding college football bowl season...

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  15. College Football Point/Counterpoint: Should Montee Ball Win the Heisman Trophy?

    For about the first half of the season, it looked as though the Big Ten would have its best shot at producing the first Heisman winner since Troy Smith in 2006...

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  16. The Unofficial B/R All-Big Ten Team

    'Tis the season for all-______ teams. Last week the coaches and media announced their all-Big Ten teams, which got me thinking...

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  17. Michigan State vs. Wisconsin: 98 Percent of a Perfect Game

    You would have had a hard time distinguishing Saturday's game between Wisconsin and Michigan State from the earlier matchup played in East Lansing in October just by watching the action on the field most of the night...

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  18. Big Ten Bowl Selection: Michigan State Deserves the Big Ten's at-Large Bid

    So listen to this one. This college football team beats one of its rivals at home and ends up in the conference championship game. Dream season, right? Wrong...

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  19. Big Ten Football: Just Say No to a Neutral Field Championship Game

    Will you be in the Indianapolis area with a few hours to kill Saturday night? If so, you just could be in luck. It seems that some corporation that isn't the Big Ten is looking for seat-fillers for a big event in downtown Indianapolis...

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  20. Big Ten Football's Most Surprising Teams of the Year: The Underachievers

    It is easy to get carried away with preseason expectations. So much time passes between seasons, so much of the roster is in upheaval and ultimately, the kids who play the game are still young enough that performance from year to year can vary wildly...

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  21. Big 10 Football's Most Surprising Teams of the Year: The Overachievers

    It is easy to get carried away with preseason expectations. But it isn't always easy to believe that a team that struggled the previous year will right the ship just a year later, or that a team can survive losing a few key players to the draft...

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  22. Big Ten Power Rankings: What We Learned in Week 13

    The Big Ten season has all but wrapped up—the only thing left is crowning the champion—and ten teams are on their way to the couch. Eight of those teams have a week of anticipation to see where they will end up this bowl season...

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  23. Michigan Football: Burying Demons of Past 4 Years

    As the seconds wound down on Michigan's utterly complete 45-17 victory over Nebraska Saturday, you could be excused from thinking about different moments in the past...

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  24. What Is Your Favorite Big Ten Team Thankful for This Year?

    It's the time of year to give thanks. To think long and hard about the good fortune that has come your way and the good people who have made life a little easier the past year...

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  25. Battle for the Big Ten Title: The Year That Was and the Road Ahead

    In two weeks, the Big Ten is going to have its first ever conference championship game in sunny Indianapolis, Indiana. Twelve teams have battled it out for the past eight weeks in hopes of landing a spot...

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