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Ohio State camp preview: What about Braxton's backup?

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Urban Meyer Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

Will this be the year Ohio State wins its first Big Ten title since 2009? Perhaps. Urban Meyer has enjoyed some big success his first two seasons in Columbus, ripping off 24 wins in a row to start his tenure before ending 2013 with consecutive defeats to Ohio State and Clemson. No doubt, Ohio State will be motivated.

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Indiana camp preview: How does the defense look?

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Tevin Coleman 75-Yard Touchdown Sprint

The BTN 2014 camp tour begins on Tuesday in Bloomington, Ind., where we will check out Kevin Wilson’s fourth Indiana squad in the first of 14 stops. Hopes are high in southern Indiana, as Wilson looks to punch the Hoosiers’ first postseason ticket since 2007. Indiana came close to a bowl last season, finishing 5-7 with narrow home losses to Navy and Minnesota proving to be costly.

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Tour preview: What I'll watch, and where I'll eat

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2014 Big Ten Football Media Days - Day 1 Wrap-Up

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The sparkly BTN tour bus chugs away from our glistening headquarters on 600 West Chicago Ave., on Monday, as a near-three-week journey that will span from Lincoln, Neb., to New Brunswick, N.J., begins. I can’t wait to see driver Kevin, drink Red Bull, shop for mesh hats at remote truck stops and see if Gerry DiNardo is still the last human on the planet who carries a handkerchief.

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Big Ten has embarrassment of riches at RB

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Ameer Abdullah Student-Athlete Speech - 2014 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

There’s Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford and Minnesota’s David Cobb. Do you want me to go on? OK.

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John Papuchis Q&A: 'We have a very talented group'

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Randy Gregory Interception Touchdown

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska has been looking for a consistently strong defense the last three years. Well, the Cornhuskers finally may have one. In fact, Nebraska may have one of the best defenses in the Big Ten this fall. The unit has teased in recent years while also suffering some big meltdowns.

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Iowa is the team to beat in the West Division

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Kirk Ferentz Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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Kirk Ferentz isn’t one to get lost in hyperbole. Grand statements? Bold proclamations? They won’t come from the dean of Big Ten coaches who is entering his 16th season in Iowa City. So, don’t expect him to tout and embrace any talk of his team winning the Big Ten West this fall.

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Spartans' defense on the prowl again

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2014 Big Ten Football Media Days - Day 1 Wrap-Up

It’s mean. It’s nasty. It’s the Michigan State defense. And it has become the signature unit for the signature program in the Big Ten.

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Urban Meyer stresses offensive line upgrades

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Urban Meyer Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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It’s strange to think of this, but Ohio State brings a two-game losing streak into the season. It’s true. Look it up. The Buckeyes ended last season with losses to Michigan State and then to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. That followed a 24-0 start to the Urban Meyer regime. Now, for his next act, Meyer is looking to lead Ohio State to its first Big Ten title since … 2009.

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Cat jokes aside, Pelini talks signing day idea

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Bo Pelini Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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It didn’t take long. In fact, it took just the second question posed to Nebraska coach Bo Pelini before he was asked about the cat he brandished at the spring game. “My cat is enjoying a nap upstairs,” said Pelini, who has softened his image. “I’m not just an intense, competitive animal running around all the time.”

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How does Michigan State stay hungry?

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Mark Dantonio Opening Statement - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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What will Michigan State do for an encore? Last season was one for the ages, as the Spartans went 13-1, won the Big Ten and captured the Rose Bowl. The challenge is to stay hungry. Will MSU still have that chip on the shoulder? That spark? That desire to win big now that the Spartans have scaled the summit?

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Pat Fitzgerald clarifies Nebraska comments

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald clarified comments he recently made about Nebraska fans. “It’s a pretty boring state, so they’re really excited to see Chicago,” Fitzgerald told the Chicago Tribune last week. “I talked to the state senator about putting state troopers out on I-80 (to block them.)”

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Michigan's Hoke knows improvement needed

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Brady Hoke Opening Statement - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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No sugarcoating it: This is a big season for Michigan and Brady Hoke, who has seen his win total drop each of his three seasons in Ann Arbor. Last year ended in a heap, as the Wolverines saw a 5-0 start melt into a 7-5 finish. The offense was an abomination, as Michigan struggled to get a push up front and run. As a consequence, coordinator Al Borges lost his job and Doug Nussmeier was hired from Alabama. Will it help? Stay tuned.

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UW's Andersen: 'We have open competition at QB'

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Gary Andersen Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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Wisconsin has been a bellwether Big Ten program, going to Rose Bowls from 2011-13 and just missing a BCS game last year before landing in the Capital One Bowl. Can the beat go on for Gary Andersen in Year Two? “Lots of questions on offense,” said Andersen. “Wide receiver is the big question mark. We need some men to step up.”

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NU's Fitzgerald: 'We will get back to what we do'

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Pat Fitzgerald Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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Looking for a bounce-back team? Look no further than Northwestern in what should be an intriguing and wide-open Big Ten West race. The Wildcats began 2013 glowing, coming off five bowls in a row with dreams of a division title dancing in their head. But after a 4-0 start, NU slumped to a 5-7 mark. Close losses were killer. There was a three-point defeat to Minnesota; seven to Iowa; three to Nebraska; and a triple-overtime loss to Michigan.

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John Shoop Q&A: 'We have competition at every spot'

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Danny Anthrop Scores for Black

There is only one way for the Purdue offense to go after last season: up. That’s good news for coordinator John Shoop. He isn’t dwelling on the past. He’s trying to learn from it and move forward. Negativity won’t help. Positivity will. And Shoop emotes good thoughts.

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Andy Ludwig Q&A: Stave, McEvoy race is 'real competitive'

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Stave Hits Duckworth for the 20-Yard TD

There are no real secrets about the Wisconsin offense: It wants to run the ball. Then run it some more. And some more. It usually always works with backs like Melvin Gordon and a monster line. Coordinator Andy Ludwig knows that. But he continues to tweak an attack that last year ranked No. 3 overall in the Big Ten in scoring (34.8 ppg) and No. 3 overall (480.8 ypg).

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101 questions for Big Ten media days: Part II

Big Ten media days kick off Monday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2014 season.

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101 questions for Big Ten media days: Part I

Big Ten media days kick off Monday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2014 season.

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Greg Hudson Q&A: 'We have to do better on first down'

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Purdue Spring Game Highlights

The hits just kept on coming for the Purdue defense last season en route to one of the worst performances in school history and a 1-11 record. The final numbers weren’t pretty: 38.0 points per game (111th in the nation); 235.4 rushing yards per game (114); 224.5 passing yards per game (55th); 459.9 yards per game (104th).

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