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Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess Big Catch and Thomas Rawls Touchdown

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

One of the Michigan players I am most intrigued about is sophomore tight end Devin Funchess. The guy is an athletic freak who showed flashes of big things last season as a true freshman and could end up being one of the best in the Big Ten at his position in 2013.

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Mailbag: Why conference games so early?

November 24, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Zach Zwinak (28) is wrapped up by several Wisconsin Badgers defenders at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

2012 Big Ten Football Images of the Year

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

I can’t think of anything better to do on a hot July day than to drink a tall, cool Arnold Palmer and wade through my deep mail bag and answer your questions. And there is a lot to talk about even though none of the footballs or basketballs have been inflated. So, let’s get started.

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Dienhart: Ranking top 10 opposing Big Ten quarterbacks

Brett Hundley

Nebraska at UCLA - Football Highlights

It’s important to know your opponent—especially your opponent’s quarterback. You know how it goes: A team typically will go only as far as its quarterback is able to take it. Well, here’s my ranking of the top 10 quarterbacks that Big Ten teams will face in the non-conference this season.

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Dienhart: My All-Big Ten Defense since 2000

Greg Jones

Greg Jones Interview - Michigan State Spring Football Game

The 2000s saw plenty of great players in the Big Ten. One, in fact, won the Heisman: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (2006), who arguably is the top player from the 2000s. Yesterday, I looked at the best of the best offensive players in the Big Ten since the calendar flipped to 2000. Next up: Defense.

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Dienhart: Here's a trap game for every Big Ten team

They lurk on every team’s schedule. They are the “trap” games. What’s a trap game? It’s a contest that your school probably should win—but may not, for various reasons. Here is my pick for each team’s trap game for 2013. You have been warned.

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Dienhart: My All-Big Ten Offense since 2000

November 24, 2012; University Park, PA, USA;A view of the back of Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball (28) during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Ultimate Montee Ball Highlight

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The 2000s saw plenty of great players in the Big Ten. One, in fact, won the Heisman: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (2006), who arguably is the top player from the 2000s. Over the next couple days, I’m going to take a look at the best of the best in the Big Ten since the calendar flipped to 2000. First up: Offense.

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Feeling smart? Take Bill Carollo's officials' exam

I attended a clinic for officials in the Big Ten, MAC and MVC last weekend in the Chicago area. During one part of the clinic, Big Ten director of officials Bill Carollo gave attendees an exam to complete. Here is a copy (with the answers) of the exam I received. Take a look at the questions—and feel free to test the college football rules knowledge of your friends and family.

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Tuesday's links: Ireland trip, Devin Gardner & more

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Typically, a team will go only as far as its quarterback takes it. Well, listen up, Nebraska fans: Sam McKewon of Omaha.com has ranked the Huskers’ quarterback opponents. This is a fun exercise that you may want to do with your favorite team, as it may give you a good idea on how many victories to expect.

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Bill Carollo: 'We have to change behavior'

Bo Pelini

Kenny Bell Block on Devin Smith

Big Ten officials coordinator Bill Carollo didn’t hesitate when I asked him what the point of emphasis was going to be for officials this fall: blows targeted above the shoulders at defenseless players.

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Dienhart: Ranking every 2013 Big Ten game

Jeremy Gallon

2012 Big Ten Football Images of the Year

I know your time is precious in the fall. Between driving to soccer games, raking leaves, making cider and carving pumpkins, your schedule is packed. That means finding spare time to watch TV is difficult. No worries. I have ranked every game involving a Big Ten team for the 2013 season. As you can see, not all matchups are created equally.

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Dienhart: My 2013 Ultimate Big Ten Road Trip

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

In the Big House

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Let’s say time and money are no object to you. You have plenty of each. Plus, you are a huge fan of Big Ten football. Well, you have come to the right place. Let me plan for you this season’s “Ultimate Big Ten Road Trip” that will put you at every week’s top game. Pack your bag!

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Dave Aranda: 'You'd like to have 11 Chris Borlands'

Chris Borland

Chris Borland leaping tackle

Change was the key word at Wisconsin in the spring, with Bret Bielema off to Arkansas and Gary Andersen arriving from Utah State to assume command. While Andersen will introduce some new wrinkles on offense, the Badger attack will largely continue to be built around a physical running game. But big changes are coming on defense.

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Week 14 preview: It's Michigan vs. Ohio State week

November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) scores a touchdown underneath defending Michigan Wolverines cornerback J.T. Floyd (8) at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Les Miles on the Michigan-Ohio State Rivalry

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

And, we’ve reached the finish line! That’s right, my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten football slate has hit Week 14, a week highlighted by the annual end-of-the-year Ohio State-Michigan rivalry game. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 14 in this post.

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Week 13 preview: Down the stretch they come!

Kain Colter

Northwestern at Michigan State - Football Highlights

It’s time to consider Week 13 in my early week-by-week analysis of the 2013 Big Ten football season. This is a busy week, with all 12 teams in action, and it’s one that figures to feature games that impact the Legends and Leaders championship races. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 13 in this post.

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Week 12 preview: Big-time Legends Division games

November 10, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines safety Jordan Kovacs (11) hits Northwestern Wildcats tight end Dan Vitale (40) to knock the ball loose for an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 38-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Gardner Bootlegs for the Score

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I’m continuing my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule, and it’s all about Week 12 today. This Saturday’s slate of games is heavy at the top, with big-time Legends Division matchups between Michigan-Northwestern and Michigan State-Nebraska. Get all my Week 12 storylines, top matchups and game rankings in this post.

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