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Best of Week 11: Get ready for some big Big Ten West games

The season is hitting the home stretch, so a lot figures to be on the line. All 14 schools are in action with the Iowa at Wisconsin tilt at the top of the “must watch” list.

Ohio State tabs Butler's Chris Holtmann to replace Thad Matta

It didn’t take Ohio State long to find its new coach, tabbing Butler’s Chris Holtmann for the job to replace Thad Matta. Holtmann had big success in three seasons at Butler, going 70-31 overall and 34-20 in the Big East.

Best of Week 9: Ohio State looks for revenge vs. Penn State

All 14 teams are in action in league play for the first time. And there are some good clashes on deck, headlined by Penn State playing at Ohio State. And we have a rivalry, too, with Minnesota at Iowa in a battle for Floyd of Rosedale.

Best of Week 8: Michigan at Penn State will be a big one

Six games dot the docket as the season inches toward the midway point. And all eyes will be on Michigan’s trip to Penn State in a huge East Division tilt. The Wolverines have won the last three meetings vs. the Nittany Lions, including a 28-16 victory in Beaver Stadium in 2015.

Dienhart: Thad Matta, Ohio State split isn't a shock

The page is being turned at Ohio State, as Thad Matta is stepping down after 13 seasons as one of the most successful coaches in Big Ten history. Matta is the all-time Ohio State leader in wins (337) and games coached (460). His teams won at least 20 games in 12 consecutive seasons (2005-2016), also an Ohio State record. Now, it’s over.

Best of Week 7: Ohio State visits Nebraska in interdivision clash

A slate of six games looms on this Saturday. And there is some marquee appeal. At the top of the list is Ohio State’s trip to Nebraska. Northwestern’s game at Maryland also is interesting. NU may be the top team in the West, while the Terps are on the rise and looking to make a statement.

An early--and I mean early--NCAA bracket

Yes, June has just begun. And air hasn’t even been pumped into footballs yet for the start of the season, which is still over two months away. But why not take a peek at an early—and I mean EARLY—projected 2018 NCAA tourney bracket now that we know which players are staying and which ones are going pro?

Best of Week 6: Welcome to Jim Harbaugh-Mark Dantonio week

Week 6 offers up some interesting tilts, including a big rivalry game with Michigan State playing at Michigan. But there are two other very compelling games, headlined by Wisconsin playing at Nebraska. And keep an eye on the Penn State at Northwestern contest.

Best of Week 5: Never underestimate the Northwestern-Wisconsin rivalry

There isn’t an abundance of pizzazz on a six-game slate this week that includes a Friday night tilt pitting Nebraska at Illinois. The unquestioned top game is Northwestern at Wisconsin in a game between arguably the top two teams in the Big Ten West.