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A look around the Big Ten

Can Ohio State complete its undefeated season with a national championship? Will Kirk Ferentz continue to call Iowa City home? Will Michigan be motivated to play USC in the Rose Bowl presented by Citi? Can Mark Dantonio work a miracle at Michigan State? Our Big Ten notebook addresses those questions and much more.

Illinois

Another can't-wait-for-basketball season at Illinois might have taught Ron Zook's young team, and its fans, a cautionary lesson for the future. Back on Sept. 30, after opening the Big Ten with a last second 23-20 win at Michigan State, a strange and unfamiliar word began passing the lips among lllini Nation. The word? Bowl.