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Dienhart: Rutgers Scarlet Knights' offseason to-do list

Oct 10, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA;  Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Chris Laviano (5) gets off pass as he is rushed by Michigan State Spartans defensive lineman Lawrence Thomas (8) during the first quarter at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

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Chris Ash continues to put his stamp on the Rutgers program after taking over for Kyle Flood. Job No. 1: change the culture. Offense? Defense? Special teams? It all needs work. Rutgers ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten in total defense in 2015 (462.0 ypg) and 12th in scoring (34.9 ppg). The back seven needs a lot of work, as the linebacking corps is being rebuilt and a young secondary needs to mature.

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Dienhart: Penn State Nittany Lions' offseason to-do list

Jan 2, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball in the third quarter against Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. Georgia defeated Penn State 24-17 to win the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Get James Franklin's spring game takeaways

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Change is the theme as James Franklin begins this third season at the helm of Penn State. The staff has been altered radically. Franklin fired offensive coordinator John Donovan and shockingly saw defensive coordinator Bob Shoop leave for Tennessee. And offensive line coach Herb Hand also high-tailed it, bolting for Auburn. Plus, a raft of players transferred after a season that ended with four losses in a row.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Dec 26, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) celebrates the touchdown in the second half against the UCLA Bruins at Levi's Stadium. The Huskers beat the Bruins 37 to 29. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Riley's thoughts on Nebraska spring game

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The honeymoon is over for Mike Riley. He knows that. Last year’s 6-7 debut was difficult to stomach, as the Huskers seemed to find a new way to lose each week. But on an up note, Nebraska finished with some momentum, going 3-1 in its last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing season.

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Dienhart: Ohio State Buckeyes' offseason to-do list

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Spring football: One fun defensive highlight

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Ohio State and Urban Meyer won’t lack for motivation in 2016. The program failed to repeat as national champs in a largely unfulfilling season as the Buckeyes didn’t even win the Big Ten East despite having a roster loaded with 12 NFL draft picks. Now, Meyer faces some big challenges next season as he looks to get back on top in the Big Ten.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Michigan Wolverines

Jan 1, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has water dumped on him after defeating Florida Gators to 41-7 to win the 2016 Citrus Bowl at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. Michigan Wolverines defeated Florida Gators 41-7. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh talks 2016 signing class

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Jim Harbaugh enjoyed a smashing debut in 2015, posting 10 wins. And, his second Michigan squad has a good chance for success thanks to plenty of returning talent and another year of familiarity with the system.

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Big Ten links: Harvey Perlman exit interview RU QB race & more

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A commissioner for college football? It makes too much sense. Tony Barnhart has been beating this drum for years. The sport needs to have everyone pulling in the same direction instead of each league just looking out for what’s best for its own interest. United we stand, divided we fall, right? Look what lack of unity is doing to the Big 12.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Maryland Terrapins

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Maryland talks first spring under DJ Durkin

Maryland is looking to get back on the bowl track under first-year coach DJ Durkin. But, a tough schedule could make that goal difficult for a team that has installed new schemes on both sides of the ball with some key personnel spots to fill.

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Dienhart: Nebraska Cornhuskers' offseason to-do list

Dec 26, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate their win at the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's Stadium. The Huskers beat the Bruins 37 to 29. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Hear Mike Riley's post-spring thoughts

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Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly, but hope floats as the program looks to continue evolving in Riley’s second year in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2015, it seemed each week, the Cornhuskers found a vexing way to lose a game. But the squad finished strong with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise trying 6-7 season that was punctuated by myriad tough losses.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Iowa Hawkeyes

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz looks on with his team prior to the game against the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Conference football championship at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Hear what Iowa said about spring drills

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What can Iowa do for an encore to last year’s stunning success? The Hawkeyes raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing their final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title tilt and the Rose Bowl. It will be difficult to top that this fall, but the schedule is built for success a season after having another favorable schedule.

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Dienhart: Minnesota Golden Gophers' offseason to-do list

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The Tracy Claeys era has begun. And, change is brewing … it has been for several months. The program is on solid footing, having been to a bowl each of the last four seasons. But the staff has been altered with a new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach on board.

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Dienhart: Michigan State Spartans' offseason to-do list

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Look back at Michigan State spring game highlights

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Michigan State is the defending Big Ten champ, coming off the program’s first College Football Playoff appearance. The 2015 season marked the fifth time in the last six years that MSU won double-digit games. And the program has played in major bowls each of the last three seasons.

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Dienhart: Michigan Wolverines offseason to-do list

Apr 1, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight (3) hands off to running back Ty Isaac (32) during the spring game at Michigan Stadium.

Michigan spring football highlights

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Jim Harbaugh’s debut was a smashing success. He inherited a 5-7 team from Brady Hoke and turned it into a 10-3 squad that punctuated the season with a domination of Florida in the Citrus Bowl.

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Rutgers football coach Chris Ash: We are on 'The Hunt'

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Follow Chris Ash for one day at Rutgers

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Chris Ash arrived at Rutgers from Ohio State and immediately went to work to build up the Scarlet Knights program. With spring football behind him, he talked with BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart about the challenges ahead. “We are at the bottom of the Big Ten looking up,” Ash said. “We are on ‘The Hunt.'”

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