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Scroll through Thursday's 10 Big Ten headlines

The hype surrounding the Ohio State defensive line already is building. And with good reason. The unit may be the best in the nation, headlined by Noah Spence, Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa. In fact, all three of these guys could be first-round draft picks.

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Dienhart: Minnesota's 2014 schedule analysis

Jerry Kill has Minnesota on the rise. His win total has improved in each of his three seasons in the Twin Cities, going from three, to six to eight victories with bowls in each of the last two seasons. The best looks like it is yet to come.

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Check out Wednesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Here is something to prime the pump for the coming football season: a slideshow featuring the Big Ten’s best players. Who’s No. 1 on the list? Oh, c’mon … you know. Hint: It’s a Buckeye.

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Dienhart: Michigan State's 2014 schedule analysis

Everything came up roses, literally and figuratively, for Michigan State last season. The Spartans won their first Big Ten title since taking a share of the 2010 crown. And Michigan State went to its first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season, beating Stanford to finish 13-1 overall en route to ranking No. 3 in the polls.

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Scroll through Tuesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Oh, boy. You know the football season isn’t too far away when someone starts a countdown of some sort. Well, here’s one from the Lincoln Journal Star counting down the Top 25 Big Ten players of 2014. Here are Nos. 11-25. Check back for the rest.

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How about a 10-game Big Ten football schedule?

You may have read recently about the Big Ten considering scheduling its own league schools as “non-conference” games as a way to fill out schedules in the future.

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Dienhart: Michigan's 2014 schedule analysis

There is a sense of urgency around Ann Arbor as Brady Hoke and his short-sleeved shirts enter their fourth season at the helm.

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Start your week off with these 10 Big Ten headlines

Great story from Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, whose research revealed that unsold bowl tickets cost the Big Ten $4.5 million last year. That’s your cue to pick your jaw up off the floor.

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Big Ten should say 'no' to any games with Notre Dame

So, there was Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talking at a recent golf outing about how he’d like to see the Fighting Irish’s series with Michigan and Michigan State continue.

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Dienhart: Maryland's 2014 schedule analysis

Welcome to the Big Ten, Maryland. But beware: Your maiden voyage may be a bumpy one, so buckle up. Playing in the rugged Big Ten East is hazardous to the health of a developing program like Maryland.

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It's time for Friday's 10 Big Ten headlines

If it’s Friday, it must be time for another football-is-bad-for-your-brain story. (That’s your cue to act shocked.) Then again, these stories are churned out seemingly every day. And, for good reason. THIS JUST IN: Football is a dangerous sport and really can’t be made into a safe sport, no matter how hard P.R. folks or the NFL try to convince you.

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Dienhart: Morgan Burke's right, it's time for stipends

Earlier this week, at the annual Big Ten spring meetings, Purdue AD Morgan Burke had some interesting—and refreshing–comments on the subject of the cost of attendance and player stipends.

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Dienhart: Iowa's 2014 schedule analysis

If you see Kirk Ferentz smiling a lot, you’ll know why after looking at the Iowa schedule. No Iowa coach would admit it, but this is a schedule to die for, a chance to get fat, happy and maybe win Iowa its first Big Ten championship since 2004. Heck, even master cupcake scheduler Bill Snyder of Kansas State has to be jealous of this low-calorie menu.

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Scroll through Thursday's 10 Big Ten headlines

The Big Ten AD meetings continued yesterday in Chicago. Many subjects were discussed. When I talked to Commissioner Jim Delany last week, he said he didn’t anticipate the league football championship game leaving the Midwest. And, Delany reiterated that stance.

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Today's links: News from AD meetings & much more

The Big Ten athletic directors are meeting in Chicago. Envision pitchers of water sitting on tables covered in linen clothes with the smell of Drakkar Noir in the air. Not much big news has emerged from the confab. The topic of the Big Ten’s move East was a hot one.

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