1. Projecting the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Hopefuls

    The Big Ten is going to look somewhat different defensively in 2012. Standout defensive players like Jerel Worthy, Whitney Mercilus and Devon Still will be plying their trade on Sundays from now on...

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  2. Projecting the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Hopefuls for 2012

    The Big Ten conference is no stranger to jaw-dropping offensive displays, no matter what the conference's reputation as far as speed and defense is in the general public's eye...

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  3. Big Ten Recruiting: The 2012 All-Name Team

    Recruiting season is about building the foundation for future success. It is about retooling a football team in the immediate future while bringing in the starters and stars of tomorrow...

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  4. Best in Class: The Top Recruiting Classes in the Big Ten by Position

    Earlier in the week, we graded each class on its own merit. How each team addressed its pressing needs, filled out depth across the roster and turned its on-field product into momentum on the recruiting trail...

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  5. Big Ten Recruiting Grades: Urban Meyer and Brady Hoke Lead the Way

    Over a year of hard work wooing teenagers, meeting with high school coaches, sweet talking parents and promising significant others jobs* has finally come to pass and we once again ...

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  6. College Football Recruiting Wrap-Up: 3 Big-Time Recruits Still Undecided

    The hype and hoopla surrounding National Signing Day is palpable in the Internet age. From Tuesday evening to the end of Wednesday, I had as much or more activity on my Twitter account than most college-football Saturdays...

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  7. Big Ten Football: The Way Too Early 2012 Leaders Division Predictions

    I'm back again with another installment of the "Way too Early Predictions" for the 2012 Big Ten football season. (Legends division here )...

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  8. Big Ten Football: The Way Too Early 2012 Legends Division Predictions

    It is yet another winter of our discontent. For football fanatics there is only one game left—the Super Bowl—before we are forced to settle in for nearly seven months of trying to pretend we like other sports as much as we do football...

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  9. Big Ten Football: The Top 5 Recruits of 2012

    A team is only as good as the players it puts on the field. Even Bear Bryant could only do so much without smart, talented athletes to make the plays and win the games...

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  10. Was Jerry Kill's First Season as a Gopher a Success?

    Few coaches stepped into a more moribund program in 2011 than Jerry Kill. In the years following the ouster of Glen Mason—a perennially good coach with a definable ceiling ...

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  11. The Two Irreconcilable Sides of Joe Paterno

    My mother works with a young man about my age, and the last time I was at home she told me a story about him...

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  12. Big Ten Recruiting Roundup: Where They Stand on the Way to the Home Stretch

    Thanks to the rise of the internet, the growth of televised sports, and the ingenuity of a few early pioneers who found a college football niche aching to be covered relentlessly, ...

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  13. Big Ten Football: Best Finishes of 2011

    The Big Ten was no stranger to suspense and drama this year. From Denard Robinson's late game heroics, Russell Wilson's ability to drag his team back from the dead in tight games, ...

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  14. Will the Big Ten Continue to Produce Workhorse Running Backs and Quarterbacks?

    Anyone who has played fantasy football the last few years has noticed that big time running backs just aren't as plentiful as they used to be...

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  15. Big Ten Football: Indiana Hitches Its Wagon to Inexperienced Quarterback

    Kevin Wilson just can't hang on to quarterbacks. First Wilson secured what would be the recruiting coup of this still young decade, when he was able to get five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel to commit to the Hoosiers early in the fall...

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  16. Purdue Boilmakers: With Robert Marve Back, Who Will Lead Purdue's Offense?

    In West Lafayette there was good news that the NCAA granted quarterback Robert Marve a sixth year of eligibility...

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  17. Final 2011-12 Big Ten Football Power Rankings

    It's been one week without college football. How do you feel? Do you have the shakes? Irritability? Do you still obsessively check your phone on Saturdays for scores of games even ...

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  18. Wisconsin Badgers: Was Russell Wilson Experiment a Failure or Success?

    That this is even a question speaks to how unique a situation the 2011 Wisconsin Badgers found themselves in, and the weight of the expectations that comes along with a transfer of that magnitude...

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  19. Looking Ahead: What Can Michigan Expect From Alabama in the 2012 Opener?

    Sometime in the second or third quarter, after another Jordan Jefferson speed option to nowhere, the conversation shifted dramatically...

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  20. Big Ten in the Bowls: Grading Each Team's Performance

    With bowl season nearly in the books—just waiting on a rematch between two boring teams that can't score; nothing to see there, folks—it's time to look back on how exactly ...

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  21. The Big Ten's Ten Best NFL Draft Prospects

    A couple days ago I outlined the 50 best players that would be returning to Big Ten teams next fall. It was a long, exhaustive list that, thanks to the wonders of a mid-January deadline to declare for the NFL draft, was a little too inclusive...

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  22. Michigan vs. Virginia Tech: Ugly Wins Are Still Wins

    Sometimes, it just isn't your day. Sometimes, that doesn't matter. It is hard to overstate just how thoroughly Virginia Tech controlled the majority of the first half against Michigan...

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  23. Big Ten Football: Top 50 Returning Players in the Conference

    Just days after the start of a new year and hours after the end of the last Big Ten bowl game there is only one question in mind: What does this all mean for next year? The 2011 ...

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  24. Rose Bowl: Wisconsin's Best Isn't Good Enough to Beat Oregon

    The "Grandaddy of 'em all" lived up to billing this afternoon. The game got a quick start as both teams moved down the field for quick touchdowns on their first drive. The score was 7-7 before five minutes was gone in the game...

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  25. Big Ten New Year's Day (er, 2nd) Early Bowls: Almost Everybody Lost

    The Big Ten has been suffering from a bit of an identity crisis when it comes to bowl games. It thinks it is a national power of a conference, but it plays like the C-USA. /Looks at Houston...

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