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2017 football schedule analysis: Northwestern Wildcats

This could be a big season in Evanston. Big. We’re talking win-the-Big-Ten-West big. Pat Fitzgerald has built a consistent force that always is competitive. But, a big breakthrough remains elusive.

Post-spring position check: Top Big Ten quarterback units

With spring practices finished, schools are focusing on offseason work before fall camp kicks off. Some positions are in better shape than others for certain schools. Let’s take a look at the seven schools in the best shape at quarterback.

2017 football schedule analysis: Nebraska Huskers

The schedule sets up well for Nebraska in Mike Riley's third season, with Big Ten West heavies Wisconsin, Iowa and Northwestern all coming to Lincoln. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's schedule analysis inside.

Post-spring position check: Top Big Ten linebacker units

With spring practices finished, schools are focusing on offseason work before fall camp kicks off. Some positions are in better shape than others for certain schools. Let’s take a look at the seven schools in the best shape at linebacker.

2017 football schedule analysis: Michigan Wolverines

Is this the season Jim Harbaugh breaks through and delivers Michigan’s first Big Ten title since 2004? Perhaps. But Harbaugh has work to do, as many key pieces from last year’s 10-win team are gone. No doubt, the 2017 season will be a year of transition for the program

Post-spring position check: Top Big Ten defensive line units

With spring practices finished, schools are focusing on offseason work before fall camp kicks off. Some positions are in better shape than others for certain schools. Let’s take a look at the seven schools in the best shape at defensive line.

2017 football schedule analysis: Maryland Terrapins

There might not be a program in the Big Ten with more opportunity for growth than Maryland, which is coming off a bowl trip in DJ Durkin’s debut and a monster recruiting class. But work remains to be done if Maryland wants to move up the pecking order in the rugged Big Ten East.