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Week 8 preview: Will one of these matchups surprise?

Phillip Nelson

Nelson to Crawford-Tufts for TD

Next up in my super-early week-by-week preview of the 2013 Big Ten football schedule: Week 8. This is a week light on marquee matchups, with predicted Big Ten title contenders Michigan and Ohio State taking on Indiana and Iowa, respectively, and Nebraska and Penn State on byes. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 8 in this post.

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Ohio State's Tom Herman: 'We just keep plugging away'

Carlos Hyde

Tom Herman Film Session

Now comes the tough part for Ohio State: The encore to a 12-0 debut under Urban Meyer. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman knows his attack must continue to evolve if the Buckeyes are going to follow up last year’s wild success and fulfill grand expectations for 2013 that have some predicting OSU to go to the BCS title game.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year?

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs for a first down in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller 1 Yard Touchdown

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

In its short two-year existence, the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year has been very kind to its recipients. The inaugural winner, Russell Wilson, went on to have an All-Pro NFL rookie season, and last year’s winner, Braxton Miller, is a preseason Heisman Trophy favorite. Not bad, huh?

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Dienhart: Ranking 2013 Big Ten noncon schedules

Damon Bullock

James Morris With a Huge Pick

Schedule strength will become more vital beginning in 2014, when the four-team playoff is started. Why? Because a major component of the playoff team selection process figures to be schedule strength.

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Week 7 preview: It'll be a big one at Camp Randall

Chris Borland

Chris Borland leaping tackle

The 2013 football season may still be two-plus months away, but that won’t keep me from taking an (early) in-depth look at each and every week’s top matchups and storylines. Oh, and I’m also offering my rankings of every week’s slate of games. Up now: Week 7, highlighted by Northwestern’s trip to Wisconsin.

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Debate It: 2013 Defensive Player of the Year?

Penn State's Stephfon Green

Ryan Shazier Interception Touchdown

Here’s what we know: There will be no repeat winner for the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year. Last year’s winner, John Simon, is in the NFL, leaving a pool of worthy candidates to fight for the award now in its third year. Who’s the top candidate entering the season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Offensive Player of the Year?

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller Stutter Steps, Takes It In

Braxton Miller is kind of good. We all saw what he did a season ago in his first year under Urban Meyer, and it all resulted in the 2012 Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year. Back under center as a junior, Miller is the favorite to repeat in 2013. Will he do it? Who are his biggest competitors? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

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Week 6 preview: Welcome to Evanston, Buckeyes

Kain Colter

Colter Accounts for Second TD of the Day

Another day, another opportunity to take an in-depth look at the 2013 football season. Today, it’s all about Week 6 in my early week-by-week series. The first week of full Big Ten play, the slate offers some intriguing battles, including Northwestern hosting Big Ten favorite Ohio State. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 6 in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten tackles leader?

Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier Forces Fumble at Goal Line

Tackles are an inexact science, to be sure. Teams award them differently, so it’s not always as simple as comparing Player A from School A to Player B from School B. Whatever the case, the Big Ten returns several of its top tacklers, including 2012 leader Anthony Hitchens. Who will lead the Big Ten in tackles this fall? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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Week 5 preview: Badgers-Buckeyes rule four-game slate

Wisconsin Badgers

The Journey 2012 Big Ten Football – Directors Cut - Ohio State at Wisconsin

If Big Ten football fans have a wedding to attend this fall, they probably hope it lands on Week 5 – aka Saturday, Sept. 28. Unless, maybe, you’re an Ohio State or Wisconsin fan. The Badgers trip to the Buckeyes highlights an abbreviated four-game slate, half of which includes nonconference games (Northern Illinois at Purdue; Miami (OH) at Illinois). Get all the storylines, matchups and my rankings of Week 5 games in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten sacks leader?

Ra'Shede Hageman

Gophers Bring Down Stave on 3rd & Long

Last year was hardly the season of the sack. For the first time in at least a decade, no Big Ten player recorded double-digit sacks. Nine was good enough for the 2012 lead, shared between Northwestern’s Tyler Scott and Ohio State’s John Simon. Who will lead the Big Ten in sacks in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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Week 4 preview: Spartans will try to solve Irish

Andrew Maxwell

Best Trophy Games of the 2000s: The Megaphone 2000

I’m continuing my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule, and it’s all about Week 4 today. Being the final week before Big Ten play kicks off across the conference, the slate leaves some to be desired. That said, there are a few intriguing games, including an early Big Ten draw (Purdue at Wisconsin). Get all the storylines, matchups and my rankings of the week’s games in this post.

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Web links: Big Ten's best ever in gallery form

Andrew Weber-US Presswire

I’m leading Daily Links with baseball. Yes, that’s right: Baseball! It’s all a celebration of Indiana’s trip to the College World Series, the Big Ten’s first entrant in the grand event since 1984. The Indianapolis Star has a neat photo feature that looks at over 20 of the best all-time MLB players produced by Big Ten schools.

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Week 3 preview: Hundley v. Martinez Part II

Taylor Martinez

Nebraska at UCLA - Football Highlights

Yes, the 2013 football season still is two-plus months away. That won’t keep me from looking ahead and taking an in-depth look at each and every week’s top matchups and storylines. I’m also offering my rankings of every week’s slate of games. Up now: Week 3, highlighted by Nebraska’s rematch vs. UCLA.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten interception leader?

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Nick VanHoose (23) intercepts a pass in front of Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Miles Osei (8) during the second half at Ryan Field. the Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 50-14. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Nick VanHoose Picks off Indiana

David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

No category, it seems, is more difficult to predict on a yearly basis than interceptions. Sure, we know who the best cover guys are in the league every year, but that’s not always who finds himself on top of the leaderboard. Last year, there was a quartet of guys who led the Big Ten, with four interceptions. Only Landon Feichter returns from the group. Will he repeat in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks.

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