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Wisconsin and Paul Chryst are thinking big again, looking to defend their Big Ten West title. And the Cotton Bowl champs have the weapons to accomplish the feat. But there is a new dynamic: Chryst will be on his third defensive coordinator in three years, as he promoted defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard to take over what has been one of the top defenses in the nation in recent years. Still, there is a lot to work with in Madison, including veteran talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Challenges loom on the schedule. Here is a

Dienhart: These junior college transfers will help Big Ten teams

A coach never wants to build a program around junior college players. But they can be valuable to help fill in gaps on a roster, especially during the building process. And the Big Ten will feature several interesting JC transfers. Here are the schools that figure to be impacted the most by junior college transfers this fall. ILLINOIS The Fighting Illini are counting on Del’Shawn Phillips from NJCAA champion Garden City CC to start at a linebacker spot. And Phillips’ teammate, QB Dwayne Lawson, is verbally committed but needs to get his associates degree at Garden City this summer to

View the 2017 All-Big Ten Baseball Teams & award winners

The 2017 All-Big Ten baseball teams and award winners, as selected by the conference coaches, were released Tuesday. Iowa’s Jake Adams was named the unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year and was the lone unanimous first-teamer. See the full team inside.

Dienhart: Grad transfers give Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers a lift

Grad transfers continue to be a big part of the college landscape, as players move from one school to another after graduation … and are immediately eligible. Three schools in the Big Ten will benefit more than the rest in 2017: Purdue, Rutgers and Northwestern.

2017 football schedule analysis: Rutgers Scarlet Knight

Chris Ash is continuing to put his stamp on Rutgers as he rebuilds the program in Year Two. A difficult schedule awaits the Scarlet Knights. Here is a look at Rutgers’ 2017 schedule.

Post-spring position check: Top Big Ten backup QBs

Injuries and attrition happen in college football, and nowhere is the impact more significant than under center. Tom Dienhart looks at the Big Ten's best backup situations at QB.