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Indiana hopes move to 3-4 scheme helps defense

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Tim Bennett's Helmet Blocks Pass

No one needs to tell Brian Knorr about the struggles of the Indiana defense in recent years. He knows there’s a reason why he’s in Bloomington as the Hoosiers’ new defensive coordinator. The Indiana defense is broken. Badly. And he needs to fix it if this program wants to take the proverbial next step.

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Mailbag: How many games will Nebraska win?

Devin Gardner

Randy Gregory Interception Touchdown

Time to dig through my mail bag. And by the look of things, many of you are eager for the start of football season. I can’t wait, too. So, to whet our appetite, I’ll answer some of your cards and letters. Thanks for writing.

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Bob Shoop Q&A: 'We want to be an in-your-face defense'

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Lucas Picks Off Etling Pass

James Franklin has been a headline maker since coming to Penn State. And rightly so. But if you look past the dynamic and flamboyant Franklin, you’ll find a strong coaching staff. And one of Franklin’s top assistants is defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

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Dienhart ranks top 50 Big Ten games of 2014

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B1G Football Championship Game - Top Plays

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So many good games to choose from, so little time … where to begin? That’s the conundrum when looking over the composite Big Ten schedule. There are a lot of very appealing games as the Big Ten begins its new 14-team era. Here are my top 50 games on the 2014 schedule.

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Dienhart reacts to 2014 football preview mags

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2013-14 Ohio State Highlight Reel

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I finally have had a chance to closely check out my three favorite college football preview mags: Athlon, Lindy’s and Sporting News. It’s fun to compare and contrast the predicted order of finish in the various publications. After considering the three publications’ picks, I decided to offer some reactions.

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Bill Cubit Q&A: 'We have a chance to be good'

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Josh Ferguson 21-Yard Touchdown

As Year Three of the Tim Beckman era dawns at Illinois, progress has been slow but tangible. The Fighting Illini went 0-8 in the Big Ten in 2012; they won a conference game last season and generally were more competitive. Why? The offense improved—a lot.

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Backup QB rankings: Illini in good hands

Reilly O'Toole

Spencer Harris Touchdown Catch

He’s often one of the most popular men on campus. Fans often clamor to see him buckle his chinstrap and trot onto the field: He’s the backup quarterback. When an offense is struggling, the No. 2 signal-caller is a favorite. Who is your school’s backup quarterback? How confident should you be in him? Get my ranking in this post.

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Spartans rule special teams unit rankings

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Bentley's 100-Yard Kickoff Return

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Specials teams are often the overlooked area of teams, but they’re the essential third component that can make or break a game or a season. That big return, booming punt that flips the field or clutch last-second field goal often looms large in any game. Here’s a look at the Big Ten special teams units.

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Tim Beck Q&A: What to expect from Nebraska in 2014

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Bell Goes Up Top for the One-Handed Grab, Touchdown!

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The Big Ten West division shapes up as an interesting, wide-open race, with several schools having legit chances to win it. One of those clubs is Nebraska, a relatively young team with just 13 seniors.

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DB rankings: Spartans' 'No Fly Zone' tops B1G

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Kurtis Drummond's Awesome 1-Hand Interception

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Few schools have played defense as well as Michigan State in recent years. And a big reason for the success has been the secondary, a unit known for its aggressive, press-man coverage. MSU will have another talented secondary in 2014. In fact, it will be the best in the conference. Here’s a look at Big Ten defensive backfields.

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