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Tom Dienhart's 20 Big Ten football questions for Week 1

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It's time to go Around the Big Ten!

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It’s Friday, the day before game day. (Well, Michigan State plays Jacksonville State tonight and Minnesota and Rutgers played last night. But, you get my point.) And my mind is filled with questions. Here are 20 to ponder until kickoff.

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Devin Gardner, unsold tickets & more in today's Big Ten headlines

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When discussing Michigan’s season, most focus on the offensive line as the key area. No doubt, the unit has a lot of pressure to perform after a lackluster effort in 2013. But quarterback Devin Gardner also has a big role. He must grasp new coordinator Doug Nussmeier’s attack—and play within the system. He can’t try to do too much.

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Best of Week 1: All eyes on LSU vs. Wisconsin

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Our experts give their predictions for the Big Ten West

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Wisconsin’s Week 1 matchup with LSU is a must-see prime-time showdown. But what’s the best coaching matchup? How about a player on the spot? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart provides an in-depth preview of what to watch for in Week 1.

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Michigan's captains, Iowa's opener & OSU's new QB? It's in Wednesday's links

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Around the Big Ten: Beat reporters check in

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In Wednesday’s Big Ten links, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart takes a spin around the headlines they include a look at how Michigan chooses football captains now, Iowa’s preparation for Northern Iowa, and a number of other stories. Dive in and get caught up.

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Heisman hopefuls? Take a spin through Tuesday's Big Ten headlines

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Watch BTN talk to Melvin Gordon

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With the season about to start, the Heisman talk is beginning to heat up. No doubt, defending champ Jameis Winston of Florida State is everyone’s favorite. But a few Big Ten players made the list of Mike Huguenin of NFL.com. Who is the top Big Ten contender with Braxton Miller out? Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Michigan State tops our expert's first poll

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Who do our experts pick to win the East?

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The Big Ten season kicks off Thursday. Before the action starts, make sure to check out BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s preseason power rankings. His top team? Michigan State, the reigning Big Ten champ, of course. See where every team lands here.

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

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BTN Live - Maryland WR Stefon Diggs

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Is there a better wideout in the Big Ten than Maryland’s Stefon Diggs? Probably not. The guy is a stud coming off a broken leg that ruined his 2013. Check this out: Ex-Terp and current Ravens receiver Torrey Smith has called Diggs the most naturally gifted receiver ever to play at Maryland. But the coaches would like to see him become more of a student.

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Tanner McEvoy wins Wisconsin QB job

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Jeff Potrykus - BTN Live Interview

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I have to say: I was a bit shocked to see this report that Tanner McEvoy has beaten out Joel Stave for the starting quarterback job at Wisconsin. This decision surprises, unlike the other quarterback competitions this fall that saw Danny Etling win the job at Purdue, Gary Nova prevail at Rutgers and Wes Lunt emerge at Illinois.

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Dienhart's 2014 Big Ten football predictions

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QB Jake Rudock - Fall Practice Interview

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I’ve spent months (seems like years, some days) analyzing the coming 2014 season. I’ve talked to head coaches. assistant coaches and players. I even asked the greeter at my local Walmart who he likes to win the Big Ten. Hey, he’s a big Ohio State fan. I wanted to at least humor the guy, ya know?

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Players on the rise? Here's Tom Dienhart's list!

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Tom Dienhart on O'Bannon Ruling

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With the 2014 BTN bus tour in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look back at my team-by-team player on the rise. These are the players who have a bright future. They might not be a star or consistent regular this fall, but you should learn their names and get to like their games.

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Dienhart's best of the 2014 BTN bus tour

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Michael Bennett - Fall Practice Interview

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The BTN bus traveled almost 4,000 miles, beginning in Bloomington, Ind., on Aug. 4 and ending in Champaign, Ill., on Aug. 20. We have kicked the tires on all 14 teams one last time—watching practice, talking to players, talking to coaches–before the season kicks off next week. Deep breath!

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Illinois

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Tim Beckman Announces Illinois' Quarterback

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Illinois is looking to continue progress in Year Three under Tim Beckman. Seven starters are back on offense; nine on defense. The offense remains ahead of the defense. In fact, this could become an upper-level Big Ten attack with freshly-minted starting quarterback Wes Lunt at the controls.

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