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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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Best Case/Worst Case: Reeling Fighting Illini

Nathan Scheelhaase

Illinois Season Preview - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

The debut of the Tim Beckman era was, well, disappointing. The Fighting Illini went 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the Big Ten, pushing the school’s league losing skid to 14 games. The arrival of new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has increased optimism for what was a moribund attack.

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Dienhart: 101 Big Ten media day questions - Part I

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Step Into My Office: Kirk Ferentz - Best Athletic Achievement

Big Ten media days kick off on Wednesday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2013 season.

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Ohio State suspends senior RB Carlos Hyde

Carlos Hyde

Carlos Hyde TD Catch

Previous reports of Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde being dismissed from the team were proven inaccurate when Urban Meyer announced Monday afternoon that the senior running back has been suspended from all team activities pending the outcome of the student code of conduct and criminal investigations.

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Best Case/Worst Case: 3-time reigning champ UW

James White

Wisconsin Season Preview - 2013 B1G Media Day

The Badgers have become the bellwether for the Big Ten, advancing to the last three Rose Bowls. Their quest to make it four in a row is complicated by Leaders Division rival Ohio State being eligible to win the Big Ten and play in a bowl after being on probation last season.

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Best Case/Worst Case: Media darling Wildcats

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald coaches against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Northwestern Season Preview - 2013 B1G Media Day

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Expectations. Every team deals with them. And, of course, they differ from team to team. Right now, in late July, the possibilities seem endless for each Big Ten team. That’s where I come in with a bucket full of confetti—and one full of cold water. I will begin to take a look at my best-case and worst-case scenarios for each team this season.

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Friday's links: Funchess' outlook, bowl updates & more

Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess Big Catch and Thomas Rawls Touchdown

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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

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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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