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Chuck Long: 'I’m going to go with Michigan State'

Iowa's Chuck Long

Hair Fun on "#BTNLive"

Iowa product Chuck Long has a long history in college football. He was a star quarterback at Iowa from 1981-85 who led the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl after the 1985 season, when Long also was runner-up to Auburn’s Bo Jackson for the Heisman Trophy.

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Best Case/Worst Case: Legends contender Michigan

Jeremy Gallon

Michigan Season Preview - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

Michigan is the pick of many to win the Legends Division in Brady Hoke’s third season in Ann Arbor. There is a lot to like about the Wolverines, who continue to accumulate an impressive collection of talent. But how will the d-line develop? Will the running game get back on track? Here’s my look at the best- and worst-case scenarios for Michigan this season.

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Mailbag: Huskers' win total & more targeting talk

Kenny Bell

Kenny Bell Block on Devin Smith

The season is about a month away. That’s music to my ears. And from the volume of my mail, I can tell you all are getting excited, too. Let me reach into my mailbag and answer some of your questions. Keep the cards and letters coming. I love hearing from you all.

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Best Case/Worst Case: B1G favorite Ohio State

Urban Meyer

Ohio State Season Preview - 2013 B1G Media Day

Urban Meyer’s 12-0 debut in 2012 stoked the fires for a program that was shackled by NCAA probation last season and couldn’t win the Big Ten or go to a bowl. Now unencumbered by probation and with most of that roster back—including quarterback Braxton Miller–expectations are enormous at Ohio State.

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Dienhart: My picks to win Big Ten QB battles

Tre Roberson

Shane Wynn Touchdown

There are several Big Ten quarterback situations that are rock solid as teams enter training camp. Without a doubt, Braxton Miller will start for Ohio State; Taylor Martinez for Nebraska; Kain Colter for Northwestern; Devin Gardner for Michigan; Philip Nelson for Minnesota; and Nathan Scheelhaase for Illinois.

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Best Case/Worst Case: Penn State Nittany Lions

Bill O'Brien

Penn State Season Preview - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Bill O’Brien surprised many by debuting with an 8-4 record. In fact, he went 8-2 over the last 10 games after an 0-2 start. The Nittany Lions still are dealing with severe scholarship sanctions because of NCAA probation, which will threaten to compromise the team’s thin depth. Still, the front-line talent is top-notch; and if it stays healthy, this could be another successful season in State College.

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Best Case/Worst Case: Legends champ Nebraska

Taylor Martinez

Nebraska Season Preview - 2013 B1G Media Day

Expectations are big in Lincoln for a program looking for a big breakthrough under Bo Pelini, who is in his sixth season. Led by QB Taylor Martinez, the offense should be among the best in the Big Ten. The defense? It will determine the season after looking awful in three big games last year: at UCLA; at Ohio State; vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Is the rebuilt front seven up to the task?

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Monday's links: Put-up-or-pipe-down year for Big Ten?

The smoke has cleared—Big Ten media days are over. The last word has been uttered, at least for now. Teams have begun to report to camp, and the season is just around the corner. And it’s a big one for the conference, as it chases the SEC and its seven national championships in a row. In fact, the Big Ten is entering a no-excuse season. At least that’s what Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal thinks.

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Mailbag: Your questions on new player safety rules

Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE

Jim Delany Press Conference - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

It’s that time of week where I reach into my latest mailbag. And, to no surprise, it’s stuffed with cards and letters about the new penalty for targeting a defenseless player. It’s not all about player safety, though, as there are questions regarding Indiana and Wisconsin. So, let’s get started.

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Fitzgerald: 'We're just getting started at Northwestern'

Jul 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats defensive end Tyler Scott during the Big Ten media day at the Chicago Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern Season Preview - 2013 B1G Media Day

If there was a darling at Big Ten media days, it was Northwestern. Expectations are at an all-time high in Evanston, where talk of winning the Big Ten is legit for a program that has eight starters back on offense and seven on defense from a 10-win squad that won the program’s first bowl game since the 1948 season.

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Best Case/Worst Case: Iowa Hawkeyes

Mark Weisman

Iowa Season Preview - 2013 B1G Media Day

This is a pivotal season for Iowa, which is coming off its worst year since 2000 as the Hawkeyes missed the postseason for the first time since 2007. Iowa hasn’t missed a bowl two seasons in a row since a three-year drought from 1998-2000. Kirk Ferentz made more coaching changes in the offseason, as he searches to steady a listing ship.

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Friday's links: All the best from Big Ten media days

Jul 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers receiver Jared Abbrederis is interviewed during the Big Ten media day at the Chicago Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Jim Delany Press Conference - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

With media days complete, there is a long list of stories to check out. Here is a nice run down to get you caught up on each team from the goings-on in Chicago the last two days. By the way: The season begins Aug. 29, with Indiana State playing at Indiana.

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Dienhart: Michigan's offense shifts gears

NCAA Football: Big Ten-Media Day

Michigan's Brady Hoke - 2013 B1G Media Day

The spread offense is all the rage. Just look around. More and more schools are using the scheme—and playing at an up-tempo. Oregon is the standard. But not at Michigan. Nope. It officially is dumping the spread now that Denard Robinson is gone. Truthfully, the Wolverines began a transition to a more pro-style attack in 2012 when Robinson got hurt and Devin Gardner took over for a program whose trademark for years before Rich Rodriguez was hired in 2008 was a conventional scheme.

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Dienhart: Can IU take the next step?

Jul 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson speaks during the Big Ten media day at the Chicago Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Indiana's Kevin Wilson - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

Kevin Wilson is making progress at Indiana. He debuted with a 1-11 mark in 2011 and improved to 4-8 last season. This season, Wilson’s Hoosiers are a trendy pick to be a Cinderella team in the Big Ten. It’s true. Indiana, a team that hasn’t been to a bowl since the 2007 season, is viewed by many as a team on the rising.

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Dienhart: Purdue QB battle heats up

Jul 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Darrell Hazell speaks during the Big Ten media day at the Chicago Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Purdue's Darrell Hazell - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

Who will play quarterback at Purdue? It’s a key issue that must be answered for new Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell, who has energized a struggling program in a few scant months.

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