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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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Spartans rule special teams unit rankings

Specials teams are often the overlooked area of teams, but they’re the essential third component that can make or break a game or a season. That big return, booming punt that flips the field or clutch last-second field goal often looms large in any game. Here’s a look at the Big Ten special teams units.

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Get ready for Wednesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

This is an interesting revelation from Michigan’s Brady Hoke, who says new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will work from the sideline and not the press box during his maiden voyage calling plays.

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Tim Beck Q&A: What to expect from Nebraska in 2014

The Big Ten West division shapes up as an interesting, wide-open race, with several schools having legit chances to win it. One of those clubs is Nebraska, a relatively young team with just 13 seniors.

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DB rankings: Spartans' 'No Fly Zone' tops B1G

Few schools have played defense as well as Michigan State in recent years. And a big reason for the success has been the secondary, a unit known for its aggressive, press-man coverage. MSU will have another talented secondary in 2014. In fact, it will be the best in the conference. Here’s a look at Big Ten defensive backfields.

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Get ready for Tuesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

The move for increased safety in football continues with this recent report that says the NCAA suggests teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that evolved out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.

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Mailbag: Our expert answers your questions

It’s a long, hot summer day, which means the college football season is fast approaching. Add it all up, and it’s a good time to dig through my mailbag. You have questions, and I have answers. See my answers to your latest questions in this post.

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Nebraska paces linebacker unit rankings

Linebackers are the heart and soul of any good defense. Speed, strength, athletic ability, toughness … they must embody all of it. And no Big Ten team has a better collection of linebackers than Nebraska.

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Start your week off with Monday's Big Ten headlines

Wow. Here’s a little bit of pressure for incoming Michigan State guard Lourawls Nairn: Mateen Cleaves says the kid reminds him of … himself! The Spartans suffered a lot of attrition. So, there figures to be plenty of opportunity for Nairn.

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Buckeyes lead defensive line unit rankings

The Big Ten unit rankings continue with a look at the defensive lines. And, there are three standout fronts in the league, paced by Ohio State. In fact, the Buckeyes may have the best d-line in the nation.

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Terps top Big Ten pass-catcher rankings

I continue my Big Ten unit rankings with a look at the receiving/tight end corps. There is no shortage of good targets, with Big Ten newcomer Maryland featuring a monster collection of pass-catchers.

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B1G links: How does West stack up vs. East?

When the Big Ten was drawn into new division alignments, much was made about the perceived strength of the East. It does look loaded with the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State. Dirk Chatelain of Omaha.com is buying in. In fact, he thinks the West will be an afterthought in 2014.

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Iowa leads Big Ten's offensive line rankings

Ask any coach, and he’ll tell you games are won in the trenches. So, that means teams ranked highly on this list should be in store for good seasons, right?

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Top 5 Rutgers basketball and football teams

As a way of getting to know Rutgers and welcoming the Scarlet Knights into the Big Ten, here’s a look at the top five basketball and football seasons in school history.

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