Looking at this season's B1G bowl swag
via ESPN.comIt's the most wonderful time of the year -- to be a bowl-bound Big Ten football player, that is.
Trip to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl a weird end to Michigan's weird year
via MLive.comAfter the Wolverines finished their 2013 regular season with a one-point loss to Ohio State, 7-5 Michigan heads to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, which had pick No. 3 of the Big Ten's non-BCS bowl destinations.
Barfknecht: Sparty celebrates, rival coaches smile
via Omaha.comI have this mental picture of other Big Ten football coaches watching the end of the league championship game Saturday night, then smiling wide and trading fist bumps. That’s what happens when you put the rest of the conference in the position of rooting for Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.
Barfknecht: Finally, lights shine brightly on a Big Ten showdown
via Omaha.comAfter a season in which big names sputtered (Michigan, Nebraska), Cinderella fell flat (Northwestern) and key players suffered debilitating injuries (Taylor Martinez, Venric Mark, Jake Ryan), relief is here. The Big Ten championship game between No. 2 Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) is tonic for all.
MSU defense, OSU offense eyeing each other
via BTN.comThe marquee on the Big Ten title game says “Ohio State vs. Michigan State.” But it may as well say “Ohio State’s offense vs. Michigan State defense.” That’s what many are focused on the eve of the game.
Dienhart: Laying out Big Ten Title Game from A to Z
via BTN.comBTN's Tom Dienhart looks at the game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State from A to Z.
Devyn Marble ignites Iowa in tight games
via TheGazette.comDevyn Marble, a 6-foot-6 senior guard, single-handedly brought Iowa back against Xavier, prevented a complete meltdown against Villanova and put the Hawkeyes back in control against Notre Dame.
Penn State QB to transfer
via ESPN.comPenn State backup quarterback Tyler Ferguson was granted a release from his scholarship Monday and will seek a transfer.
Ohio State receiver not impressed with Michigan State's 'No Fly Zone'
via Freep.comApparently, Ohio State receiver Corey “Philly” Brown isn’t big on Michigan State’s “No Fly Zone.” That’s the nickname the MSU defensive backfield gave itself before the season. On Tuesday during MSU’s press conference to preview Saturday’s Big Ten title game between the No. 2 Buckeyes and No. 10 Spartans, Brown tweeted: “No fly what?”
Nittany Lions optimistic on future
via Post-Gazette.comIn between the first game and the last game of the season, you could be forgiven if you forgot about Geno Lewis. The wide receiver had a 55-yard touchdown reception and then he mostly disappeared, totaling just 81 yards after the opener against Syracuse.
Looks like Gophers headed back to Houston for bowl game
via StarTribune.comThe Gophers will learn their bowl game fate on Sunday, but when it comes to being practical, their fate seems pretty much sealed -- even if their web site offers a bit of optimism.
Outback or Capital One are possibilities for Badgers
via JSOnline.comWisconsin, which dropped from No. 15 to No. 21 in the Bowl Championship Series standings on Sunday, likely won't know its destination and opponent until after the conclusion of the league title games Saturday. The likely landing spots are either the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando or the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 in Tampa.
Reaction to All-Big Ten teams, awards
via ESPN.comThe overall list of individual awards isn't bad, although some of the selections certainly are debatable.
Barfknecht: Respect for O’Brien keeps growing after win at Wisconsin
via Omaha.comAs much as Auburn’s crazy win over Alabama plus Ohio State’s survival against Michigan reminded us why we love college football, don’t overlook what happened between Penn State and Wisconsin. Most thought PSU had no business even traveling to Madison for what looked like an end-of-the-season mauling.
No. 3 Ohio State holds on to edge Michigan 42-41
via Omaha.comTyvis Powell intercepted Devin Gardner's pass as the Wolverines went for a go-ahead 2-point conversion with 32 seconds left and No. 3 Ohio State held on for a 42-41 victory Saturday in one the most thrilling games in the history of the storied Big Ten rivalry.
Penn State hangs on, upsets No. 14 Wisconsin
via Omaha.comStrong-armed freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg played with the poise and touch of a seasoned veteran, throwing for 339 yards and four touchdowns as the Nittany Lions upset No. 14 Wisconsin 31-24 on Saturday.
Northwestern closes with 37-34 win over Illinois
via Omaha.comNorthwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns and Christian Jones caught 13 balls for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats past Illinois 37-34 Saturday in the finale for both teams.
Indiana takes Bucket with 56-36 rout of Purdue
via Omaha.comTre Roberson threw a career-high six touchdown passes, three to Shane Wynn, and the Hoosiers recaptured the Old Oaken Bucket on Saturday for the first time in three years with a 56-36 win over Purdue.
No. 11 Michigan State shuts down Minnesota
via Omaha.comMax Bullough led another fabulous effort by the Michigan State defense, and the 11th-ranked Spartans wrapped up an unbeaten regular season in Big Ten play with a 14-3 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.
Michigan's Hoke, on Devin Gardner: 'This team's counting on him'
via freep.comMichigan coach Brady Hoke expects quarterback Devin Gardner to shake off last week’s disappointment at Iowa. Gardner appeared dejected after the game after his fourth-quarter fumble in Iowa territory cost U-M a chance for the game-winning score.
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