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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 vs. Indiana

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

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Spencer Harris Touchdown Catch vs. Wisconsin

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 vs. SIU

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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 vs. Illinois

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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 vs. Western Michigan

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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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Mailbag: Our expert answers your questions

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Frank Clark Fumble Recovery TD vs. Penn State

It’s a long, hot summer day, which means the college football season is fast approaching. Add it all up, and it’s a good time to dig through my mailbag. You have questions, and I have answers. See my answers to your latest questions in this post.

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Nebraska paces linebacker unit rankings

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Chi Chi Ariguzo Interception

Linebackers are the heart and soul of any good defense. Speed, strength, athletic ability, toughness … they must embody all of it. And no Big Ten team has a better collection of linebackers than Nebraska.

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Buckeyes lead defensive line unit rankings

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Noah Spence with the Sack vs. Miami (OH)

The Big Ten unit rankings continue with a look at the defensive lines. And, there are three standout fronts in the league, paced by Ohio State. In fact, the Buckeyes may have the best d-line in the nation.

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Terps top Big Ten pass-catcher rankings

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Bell Goes Up Top for the One-Handed Grab, Touchdown vs. Illinois

I continue my Big Ten unit rankings with a look at the receiving/tight end corps. There is no shortage of good targets, with Big Ten newcomer Maryland featuring a monster collection of pass-catchers.

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