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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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Best of Week 7: PSU-Michigan, under the lights

This is a light week of action with just five games—all Big Ten affairs–as four schools are off. But there are several good games, headlined by Penn State’s trip to Michigan. And the winner of the Northwestern-Minnesota game figures to be set up for a run at the division title. Here’s a breakdown of the Best of Week 7.

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Scroll through Tuesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

I can’t wait to see Michigan freshman CB Jabrill Peppers, who brings a fat scrapbook to Ann Arbor. And it sounds like the five-star recruit also may run track after he won the 100- and 200-meter dashes at New Jersey’s high school “Meet of Champions” last week. According to the Star-Ledger, Peppers is the second boy in meet history to capture both sprint titles in back-to-back seasons.

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Dienhart: Your team's 2014 must-win game

We continue our football schedule preview series to help pass some of the time before the 2014 season kicks off. Today, it’s time for Tom Dienhart to offer his super-early must-win game for all 14 Big Ten teams.

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Get your week started off with today's Big Ten links

Who is the Big Ten’s best quarterback? According to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com, it’s Michigan State’s Connor Cook, who is No. 6 on the former scout’s preseason “Quarterback Tracker.” My pick? Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, a classic passer who embodies everything that a big-time quarterback should be.

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Best of Week 6: Huskers at Spartans time

The first Saturday in October is a light one, as there are just six games. Five are conference games. But there is just one truly marquee game, with Nebraska playing at Michigan State. Could that be a preview of the Big Ten title game? Here’s a breakdown of Week 6.

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Best of Week 5: How does Big Ten play sound?

Every school is in action this Saturday, with a mix of Big Ten and non-conference action. There are five league games and four non-league clashes. None of the games stand out or look all that notable, but there could be some hidden gems. Here’s a look at the Best of Week 5.

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Dienhart: Big Ten's marquee events to stay put

While the Big Ten’s borders stretch from the plains of Nebraska to the shadow of New York City, the iconic conference still remains anchored in the heartland of America. And, that’s the way it should be. Today’s announcement quelled any fears to the contrary, as the conference is committed to Chicago and Indianapolis as anchor cities for its marquee events.

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Dienhart: Your team's best chance to pull an upset

We continue our football schedule preview series to help pass some of the time before the 2014 season kicks off. Today, it’s time for Tom Dienhart to offer his super-early upset pick for all 14 Big Ten teams. See your team’s upset prediction in this post.

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Big Ten links: How about Iowa vs. Alabama in 2015?

How about an Iowa vs. Alabama game to open the 2015 season? Yes, please. The Tide needs a foe, and it sounds like they are having a difficult time finding one and will “take anybody.”

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Best of Week 4: Rematch! Miami vs. Nebraska

This will mark the last Saturday of full-blown non-conference action. And there are a handful of interesting clashes, highlighted by Miami (Fla.) visiting Nebraska. But most of this week’s games are tune-ups for the Big Ten action that kickoffs off the next weekend. Here’s a look at the Best of Week 4.

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Dienhart: Your team's 2014 rugged stretch

We’ve reached the right side of 100 when it comes to the countdown to the college football season. In less than three months, there will be football. Get excited! Until then, we’re previewing the season.

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Best of Week 3: Rutgers makes Big Ten debut

Week 3 isn’t filled with a plethora of sexy matchups, but there is no lack of intrigue. A big highlight is the first Big Ten game of the season, as Penn State visits Rutgers. In fact, it will be the Scarlet Knights’ first Big Ten game and the first time the Nittany Lions have been on Rutgers’ campus since 1955. See my Best of Week 3 in this post.

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Dienhart: High cost of non-con games is vexing

Here’s a very nice story by Jesse Temple of FOXSportsWisconsin.com that takes an exhaustive look at the rising cost of payouts to non-conference opponents visiting Big Ten schools.

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Today's links: Big Ten's best defensive back?

NFL.com continues its series examining top players at each position in college football. The defensive backs are up. And Michigan State’s Trae Waynes is No. 5. Fellow Spartan Kurtis Drummond also is on the list at No. 8, while Ohio State’s Doran Grant is No. 7.

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Toughest Big Ten game for every team?

We’ve reached the right side of 100 when it comes to the countdown to the college football season. In less than three months, there will be football. Get excited! Until then, we’re previewing the season. It’s time for Tom Dienhart to single out the toughest conference game for each Big Ten team.

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Best of Week 2: Offense (Ducks) vs. Defense (Spartans)

Week 2 brings more juice than the opening salvo to the season, as there are three nationally relevant games: Michigan State at Oregon; Virginia Tech at Ohio State; Michigan at Notre Dame. In fact, those games will offer the Big Ten a golden chance to make a statement. A win by the Spartans on the road in raucous Autzen Stadium would stamp them legit national title contenders. Here’s a look at the best of Week 2.

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