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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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Top 5 Maryland basketball and football teams

As a way of getting to know Maryland and to welcome it to the Big Ten, here’s a look at the top five basketball and football teams in school annals.

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

Before we get to the Maryland and Rutgers reaction, this is kinda neat: CBSSports.com had a draft, selecting the best college football programs in the nation. Ohio State was No. 2; Michigan No. 9; Wisconsin No. 18; Penn State No. 19; MSU No. 25; Nebraska No. 26.

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Top 10 Rutgers basketball players of all time

With Rutgers officially joining the Big Ten, we’re providing a look at the school’s history across basketball and football. Here, I take a look at the top 10 basketball players in school annals.

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Top 10 Maryland basketball players of all time

With Maryland officially joining the Big Ten, we’re providing a look at the school’s history across basketball and football. Here, I take a look at the top 10 basketball players in school annals.

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Top 5 moments in Rutgers sports history

As a way of officially welcoming Rutgers into the Big Ten, let’s take a look at some of thetop five moments in the Scarlet Knights’ athletic history. See my top 5 list in this post.

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Top 5 moments in Maryland sports history

As a way of officially welcoming Maryland to the Big Ten, I thought we’d relive some of the top moments in Terrapins’ sports history. Here is my top 5 list, headlined by the men’s basketball title over Indiana.

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Top 10 Rutgers football players of all time

With Rutgers officially becoming a member of the Big Ten, it’s time to become familiar with some of the program’s football history. Here’s a look at my top 10 all-time best Rutgers players.

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Top 10 Maryland football players of all time

With Maryland officially joining the Big Ten, it’s time to become familiar with some of the program’s football history. Here’s a look at my top 10 all-time best Maryland players.

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Today's Big Ten links: Welcome, Maryland & Rutgers!

Today is July 1. But, it’s much more than just the first day of a new month. It’s also an historic day, the first day in new conferences for many schools. Rutgers and Maryland officially come aboard the Big Ten today.

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A look back at last three Big Ten expansions

With Rutgers and Maryland primed officially to join the Big Ten on Tuesday to make it a 14-team conference, I thought it would be interesting to look back on the last three times the Big Ten expanded. There was Michigan State, in 1949, Penn State, in 1990, and Nebraska, in 2010.

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Penn State tops offensive backfield rankings

The dog days of summer are settling in. That means two things: The Cubs’ season is officially over, and it’s time to look at the Big Ten units. I’ll begin with a look at the offensive backfields. And, as you’ll see, there is a lot of talent at running back—as well as some top-flight quarterbacks.

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Start your week off with Monday's Big Ten headlines

Recruiting hasn’t been kind to Tom Izzo the last few seasons. Michigan State fans know it. Izzo has swung and missed on some big-time recruits. So, it looks like he’s adjusting his strategy. Hey, it’s not just about winning Big Ten titles in East Lansing. It’s about competing for national crowns. Top, top talent is needed to do that.

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Ranking all the Big Ten games, from Week 1 to 14

I’ve spent the last few weeks offering my super-early thoughts on the  2014 football schedule. You can catch up here. Today, it’s time to compile my game rankings for all 14 weeks in one post.

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Best of Week 14: Got to love rivalry week!

The Big Ten has saved the best for last, as the Week 14 lineup features seven games that all are enticing for one reason or another. In fact, titles in both divisions may be on the line.

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Best of Week 13: A couple big-time West battles

The penultimate Saturday brings us seven Big Ten games for the first time in 2014. The Big Ten West must be watched, as Minnesota plays at Nebraska and Wisconsin travels to Iowa in two division-defining games. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 13.

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Best of Week 12: Rematch of 2012 Big Ten title game

There are two non-conference games tucked into this mid-November Saturday, which rarely happens this late in the season in the Big Ten. Northwestern’s trip to Notre Dame could be interesting. But a division title could be center stage: Nebraska at Wisconsin. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 12.

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Dienhart: Your team's 2014 cupcake game

Pretty much every team has one game on its schedule that can be viewed as a “cupcake.” Now, that doesn’t mean the team is guaranteed to roll to victory – or even win the game. There’s always the chance a team pulls an upset. That said, here is my easiest game for every Big Ten team.

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Best of Week 11: Urban Meyer vs. Mark Dantonio Part III

Ohio State’s trip to Michigan State could be the game of the year in the Big Ten, as both schools look like the favorites to win the conference crown. They met in the Big Ten title game last season, with the Spartans dumping the Buckeyes to earn their first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1987 season and end OSU’s 24-game winning streak and national championship hopes. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 11.

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Best of Week 10: Calendar flips to November

The calendar now says “November.” And, as coaches are known to say: “November is when they play the games to remember.” But this Saturday lacks any apparent marquee games, although that could change depending on how things unfold. Looking at you, Northwestern at Iowa.

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Ready for Thursday's 10 Big Ten headlines?

It’s a fun debate: Who’s the best basketball coach in the Big Ten? We all have our favorites. Marcus Jackson’s of the Champaign News-Gazette does, too. And he ranks ‘em. Guess who is No. 1? C’mon. It’s not that difficult to guess.

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Best of Week 9: It's Michigan at Michigan State

Two interesting clashes make this Saturday appealing, as Michigan plays at Michigan State and Ohio State goes to Penn State in a light week of action. Despite the presence of just five games, the heft of those aforementioned contests makes this a good week, as the Big Ten East race will start to take form. Here’s my best of Week 9.

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

The gang at Athlonsports.com cranks out some quality stuff. You’ll wanna check out the site’s 10 must-see Big Ten non-conference games. At the top of the list? Michigan State at Oregon. No shock there. If the Spartans can leave Eugene with a win, they may have a good shot to run the table.

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Best of Week 8: Huskers + Wildcats = fun

Another light Saturday, as there are just five games with four teams enjoying byes. But the weekend isn’t without a big game, as the Nebraska at Northwestern tilt could be another doozy in what has been an exciting series that has seen the Cornhuskers go 2-1 vs. the Wildcats since joining the Big Ten. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 8.

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