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  1. Buckeyes need to go deep to beat long odds

    Brian Bennett

    NEW ORLEANS -- Finding a weakness in Alabama often requires a microscopic lens. There's a reason the Crimson Tide are No. 1 and have been the most dominant team in college football the past few years. But there appears to be one glaring Achilles' ...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  2. Gophers bring back the New Year's party

    Brian Bennett

    The last time Minnesota played in a New Year's Day bowl game, John F. Kennedy was wrapping up his first year in office, gas cost 28 cents per gallon and no one had yet heard of the Beatles. The Gophers' 21-3 win over UCLA in the 1962 Rose Bowl was...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  3. Buckeyes expect Jim Harbaugh to raise The Game

    Brian Bennett

    NEW ORLEANS -- Getting Ohio State players to say anything nice about Michigan is like asking a salmon to befriend a bear. Like talking a Hatfield into tango-dancing with a McCoy. You get the idea. But as news of Jim Harbaugh's hiring in Ann Arbor ...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  4. Jim Harbaugh will win big, but for how long?

    Brian Bennett

    There are two constants so far in Jim Harbaugh's head-coaching career. He wins big, usually right away. And he doesn't stay very long. Harbaugh is unquestionably a grand-slam hire for Michigan, perhaps the only coach guaranteed to bring the Wolver...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  5. Can Ohio State's D-line stay fresh vs. Alabama?

    Brian Bennett

    NEW ORLEANS -- There's little question that Ohio State's best defensive linemen can challenge Alabama's vaunted offensive line. Buckeyes defensive end Joey Bosa, who was the Big Ten player of the year, had 13.5 sacks this season. Michael Bennett i...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  6. Hayes' shadow looms over Orange Bowl

    Brian Bennett

    Clemson and Ohio State meet for just the second time ever in Friday's Discover Orange Bowl. But the two programs will be forever linked in history because of a punch thrown 35 years ago in another Florida bowl game. That punch ended the career of ...

    Blog | December 30, 2013
  7. Ailing Buckeyes defense looks to get well

    Brian Bennett

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A stomach bug has made its way through part of the Ohio State football team. Head coach Urban Meyer said Monday about four or five players -- none of them starters -- have been quarantined, and the hope is that this is just a...

    Blog | December 30, 2013
  8. Season report card: Wisconsin

    Brian Bennett

    New Year's Day and the circus of Big Ten bowls is almost here. But first, we're handing out grades for each Big Ten team's regular-season performance on offense, defense, special teams and overall showing. Up next: the Wisconsin Badgers. Offens...

    Blog | December 30, 2013
  9. The punch that ended Woody Hayes' career

    Brian Bennett

    The Orange Bowl is the second meeting between Ohio State and Clemson. The first will never be forgotten thanks to Woody Hayes.

    Story | Conversation | December 30, 2013
  10. Heart of Dallas Bowl keys: Purdue

    Brian Bennett

    Three keys for Purdue in Tuesday's Heart of Dallas Bowl against Oklahoma State: 1. Dominate the trenches: Purdue's strength this season was supposed to be its defensive line, led by All-Big Ten defensive tackle Kawann Short. When Short and others ...

    Blog | December 30, 2012
  11. Instant analysis: Michigan State 17, TCU 16

    Brian Bennett

    Pretty much everybody thought the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl would be a low-scoring game, given the two outstanding defenses and the, uh, challenges facing the offenses. TCU and Michigan State lived up -- or down, depending on your point of view -- to e...

    Blog | December 30, 2012
  12. Wisconsin shows off new Rose Bowl uniforms

    Brian Bennett

    LOS ANGELES -- Oregon is the king of uniform changes. But Wisconsin will have a new look in the Rose Bowl, too. OK, so the Badgers don't have nearly the radical streak with their duds as the Ducks, who will wear this space-age suit in Pasadena. Fr...

    Blog | December 30, 2011
  13. Wisconsin O-line tradition keeps on rolling

    Brian Bennett

    LOS ANGELES -- Outside the Wisconsin locker room is a wall full of plaques honoring the school's All-Americans. Guard Kevin Zeitler walked past that every day last offseason dreaming of hanging his picture up there next to John Moffitt, who earned Al...

    Blog | December 30, 2011
  14. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Illinois vs. UCLA

    Brian Bennett

    One team lost its final six games and fired its coach. The other team finished with a losing record and fired its coach. Still, they're both going to play a bowl game in San Francisco, and one team has to win it. Let's take a look at the Kraft Fight ...

    Blog | December 30, 2011
  15. Three keys for Northwestern in Meineke

    Brian Bennett

    Here's a look at three keys for Northwestern during Saturday's Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas game against Texas A&M: 1. Protect Persa: One thing the Aggies do as well as anyone is get to the quarterback. They tied for the national lead in sac...

    Blog | December 30, 2011
  16. Badgers center Peter Konz expects to play

    Brian Bennett

    LOS ANGELES -- Wisconsin center Peter Konz was the the biggest ham at Rose Bowl media day on Friday. Konz wandered around the Marriott ballroom, interviewing other players and dragging reporters with him. That's a great sign for the Badgers. Not b...

    Blog | December 30, 2011