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101 questions for Big Ten media days: Part II

Big Ten media days kick off Monday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2014 season.

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101 questions for Big Ten media days: Part I

Big Ten media days kick off Monday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2014 season.

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Greg Hudson Q&A: 'We have to do better on first down'

The hits just kept on coming for the Purdue defense last season en route to one of the worst performances in school history and a 1-11 record. The final numbers weren’t pretty: 38.0 points per game (111th in the nation); 235.4 rushing yards per game (114); 224.5 passing yards per game (55th); 459.9 yards per game (104th).

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Dienhart's 15 Big Ten units under pressure

You hate to put too much pressure on any one unit–this is a team game. But there’s no denying some have to step up this fall if their teams want to make a push for a division title. From the Michigan offensive line to the Ohio State linebackers, here’s a look at the 15 Big Ten units with most to prove in 2014.

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Get ready for Wednesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Where have all the 1,000-yard rushers gone in Ann Arbor? Really. It’s a crisis of sorts. Is there one on this year’s roster? The competition at running back figures to be strong between De’Veon Smith and Derrick Green.

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Indiana hopes move to 3-4 scheme helps defense

No one needs to tell Brian Knorr about the struggles of the Indiana defense in recent years. He knows there’s a reason why he’s in Bloomington as the Hoosiers’ new defensive coordinator. The Indiana defense is broken. Badly. And he needs to fix it if this program wants to take the proverbial next step.

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It's time for Tuesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Incoming Michigan State freshman Lourawls Nairn already is having an impact. In fact, he may be the fastest Spartan ever. I can’t wait to watch this high-energy guy.

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Mailbag: How many games will Nebraska win?

Time to dig through my mail bag. And by the look of things, many of you are eager for the start of football season. I can’t wait, too. So, to whet our appetite, I’ll answer some of your cards and letters. Thanks for writing.

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Matt Limegrover Q&A: Mitch Leidner has 'it' factor

The Jerry Kill era has featured steady improvement. And the offense has symbolized that ascent, making strides each of the last three seasons. Credit coordinator and line coach Matt Limegrover.

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Start your week off with Monday's Big Ten headlines

The move toward autonomy for the nation’s power leagues chugs forward. Ohio State A.D. Gene Smith is confident it will happen. Good enough for me. The NCAA will vote on the issue on Aug. 7. Gotta think it will pass. And this would be a good thing.

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Dienhart ranks his B1G favorites for every award

America is awash in names, as the official “watch lists” have been revealed for the major college football awards. Who will win the Doak Walker Award? The Butkus Award?

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Are you ready for Friday's 10 Big Ten headlines?

If you are holding your breath for the Michigan-Ohio State game to be played at night, keep holding it.

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Ralph Friedgen Q&A: 'I enjoyed myself' last three years

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood’s most vital recruit in the offseason may not have been any player. Rather, it may have been luring Ralph Friedgen out of retirement.

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Playoff is here--but I still want more

In some ways, it’s still hard to believe that big-time college football finally will have a playoff. More evidence of that was revealed Wednesday at SEC media days by Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff who discussed some specifics on the event.

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It's time for Thursday's top 10 Big Ten headlines

Mike Huguenin of NFL.com has ranked the QB situation for every FBS team. Yes, he’s a walking college sports encyclopedia. Believe me.

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One game a week, it's our expert's Ultimate B1G trip

If time and money weren’t objectives, what Big Ten games would you go to this season? I have built the ultimate 2014 Big Ten schedule, dialing in the game you would need to be at each week. Call it “football nirvana.” See my weekly picks in this post.

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Bob Shoop Q&A: 'We want to be an in-your-face defense'

James Franklin has been a headline maker since coming to Penn State. And rightly so. But if you look past the dynamic and flamboyant Franklin, you’ll find a strong coaching staff. And one of Franklin’s top assistants is defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

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Check out Wednesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

SEC media days are rolling on in Alabama. And, even though he has been gone from Vanderbilt for six months, James Franklin is still a topic.

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Dienhart ranks top 50 Big Ten games of 2014

So many good games to choose from, so little time … where to begin? That’s the conundrum when looking over the composite Big Ten schedule. There are a lot of very appealing games as the Big Ten begins its new 14-team era. Here are my top 50 games on the 2014 schedule.

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It's time for Tuesday's top 10 Big Ten headlines

You knew this was coming: When Rick Pitino leaves Louisville, would Richard Pitino be in line to take over?

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Dienhart reacts to 2014 football preview mags

I finally have had a chance to closely check out my three favorite college football preview mags: Athlon, Lindy’s and Sporting News. It’s fun to compare and contrast the predicted order of finish in the various publications. After considering the three publications’ picks, I decided to offer some reactions.

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Bill Cubit Q&A: 'We have a chance to be good'

As Year Three of the Tim Beckman era dawns at Illinois, progress has been slow but tangible. The Fighting Illini went 0-8 in the Big Ten in 2012; they won a conference game last season and generally were more competitive. Why? The offense improved—a lot.

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Start your week off with Monday's Big Ten links

It turns out LeBron James stayed connected to his home state while away in Florida by following Ohio State. Gotta love the loyalty of the Buckeye State.

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Backup QB rankings: Illini in good hands

He’s often one of the most popular men on campus. Fans often clamor to see him buckle his chinstrap and trot onto the field: He’s the backup quarterback. When an offense is struggling, the No. 2 signal-caller is a favorite. Who is your school’s backup quarterback? How confident should you be in him? Get my ranking in this post.

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It's time for Friday's top Big Ten headlines

I have discussed the possibility of a 10-game Big Ten schedule before on these pages. And, it looks like Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is on board with the concept.

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