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Dienhart: Ranking 2013 Big Ten noncon schedules

Damon Bullock

James Morris With a Huge Pick

Schedule strength will become more vital beginning in 2014, when the four-team playoff is started. Why? Because a major component of the playoff team selection process figures to be schedule strength.

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Week 7 preview: It'll be a big one at Camp Randall

Chris Borland

Chris Borland leaping tackle

The 2013 football season may still be two-plus months away, but that won’t keep me from taking an (early) in-depth look at each and every week’s top matchups and storylines. Oh, and I’m also offering my rankings of every week’s slate of games. Up now: Week 7, highlighted by Northwestern’s trip to Wisconsin.

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Debate It: 2013 Defensive Player of the Year?

Penn State's Stephfon Green

Ryan Shazier Interception Touchdown

Here’s what we know: There will be no repeat winner for the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year. Last year’s winner, John Simon, is in the NFL, leaving a pool of worthy candidates to fight for the award now in its third year. Who’s the top candidate entering the season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Offensive Player of the Year?

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller Stutter Steps, Takes It In

Braxton Miller is kind of good. We all saw what he did a season ago in his first year under Urban Meyer, and it all resulted in the 2012 Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year. Back under center as a junior, Miller is the favorite to repeat in 2013. Will he do it? Who are his biggest competitors? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

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Week 6 preview: Welcome to Evanston, Buckeyes

Kain Colter

Colter Accounts for Second TD of the Day

Another day, another opportunity to take an in-depth look at the 2013 football season. Today, it’s all about Week 6 in my early week-by-week series. The first week of full Big Ten play, the slate offers some intriguing battles, including Northwestern hosting Big Ten favorite Ohio State. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 6 in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten tackles leader?

Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier Forces Fumble at Goal Line

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Tackles are an inexact science, to be sure. Teams award them differently, so it’s not always as simple as comparing Player A from School A to Player B from School B. Whatever the case, the Big Ten returns several of its top tacklers, including 2012 leader Anthony Hitchens. Who will lead the Big Ten in tackles this fall? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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Week 5 preview: Badgers-Buckeyes rule four-game slate

Wisconsin Badgers

The Journey 2012 Big Ten Football – Directors Cut - Ohio State at Wisconsin

If Big Ten football fans have a wedding to attend this fall, they probably hope it lands on Week 5 – aka Saturday, Sept. 28. Unless, maybe, you’re an Ohio State or Wisconsin fan. The Badgers trip to the Buckeyes highlights an abbreviated four-game slate, half of which includes nonconference games (Northern Illinois at Purdue; Miami (OH) at Illinois). Get all the storylines, matchups and my rankings of Week 5 games in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten sacks leader?

Ra'Shede Hageman

Gophers Bring Down Stave on 3rd & Long

Last year was hardly the season of the sack. For the first time in at least a decade, no Big Ten player recorded double-digit sacks. Nine was good enough for the 2012 lead, shared between Northwestern’s Tyler Scott and Ohio State’s John Simon. Who will lead the Big Ten in sacks in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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Week 4 preview: Spartans will try to solve Irish

Andrew Maxwell

Best Trophy Games of the 2000s: The Megaphone 2000

I’m continuing my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule, and it’s all about Week 4 today. Being the final week before Big Ten play kicks off across the conference, the slate leaves some to be desired. That said, there are a few intriguing games, including an early Big Ten draw (Purdue at Wisconsin). Get all the storylines, matchups and my rankings of the week’s games in this post.

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Web links: Big Ten's best ever in gallery form

Andrew Weber-US Presswire

I’m leading Daily Links with baseball. Yes, that’s right: Baseball! It’s all a celebration of Indiana’s trip to the College World Series, the Big Ten’s first entrant in the grand event since 1984. The Indianapolis Star has a neat photo feature that looks at over 20 of the best all-time MLB players produced by Big Ten schools.

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Week 3 preview: Hundley v. Martinez Part II

Taylor Martinez

Nebraska at UCLA - Football Highlights

Yes, the 2013 football season still is two-plus months away. That won’t keep me from looking ahead and taking an in-depth look at each and every week’s top matchups and storylines. I’m also offering my rankings of every week’s slate of games. Up now: Week 3, highlighted by Nebraska’s rematch vs. UCLA.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten interception leader?

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Nick VanHoose (23) intercepts a pass in front of Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Miles Osei (8) during the second half at Ryan Field. the Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 50-14. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Nick VanHoose Picks off Indiana

David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

No category, it seems, is more difficult to predict on a yearly basis than interceptions. Sure, we know who the best cover guys are in the league every year, but that’s not always who finds himself on top of the leaderboard. Last year, there was a quartet of guys who led the Big Ten, with four interceptions. Only Landon Feichter returns from the group. Will he repeat in 2013? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten receiving TD leader?

Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson Hauls in 3rd TD of the Day

Raise your hand if you thought Allen Robinson would lead the Big Ten in touchdown receptions a year ago at this time. No hands, right? That’s what we thought. Robinson entered last season with a grand total of three receptions before breaking out to pace the Big Ten with 77 catches, 1,013 yards and 11 TDs. Will there be another Robinson-like breakout this fall in the receiving TD category? Or will it be a familiar name? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks.

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Week 2 preview: Try not to miss Notre Dame-Michigan

Michigan's Jeremy Gallon

Michigan vs. Notre Dame: The Rivalry Continues

Hey, who isn’t looking forward to football season? It’s only June, but I’m itching for kickoff and am starting to look ahead to each week of the 2013 season. From Week 1 to Week 12, I’ll offer the best each week has to offer and rank every week’s games. Up now: Week 2, highlighted by Notre Dame at Michigan.

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Week 1 preview: NU-Cal should be good one

Kain Colter

Kain Colter Gets His 3rd TD

It’s time to take a week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule. Interesting storylines, matchups and battles within the battles dot each week’s slate of games. Up first, of course: Week 1. Get my opening week preview in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten receiving yards leader?

Kenny Bell

Kenny Bell 74 Yard Catch

While the Big Ten doesn’t boast a laundry list of all-world wide receivers, it’s not like it is void of talent at the position. Guys such as Allen Robinson, Kenny Bell and Jared Abbrederis steal most of the headlines, but there’s also plenty of other productive guys. Who will lead the Big Ten in receiving yards this season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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