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Dienhart: NU's 2014 schedule analysis

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Kyle Prater One-Handed Catch

Last year began amid much hope for Northwestern, which opened 4-0 with No. 4 Ohio State coming to Evanston for a prime-time national TV. Alas, Northwestern lost, 40-30, and never recovered.

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Dienhart: Nebraska's 2014 schedule analysis

NCAA Football: Wyoming at Nebraska

Bo Pelini and His Cat Lead Huskers Out of the Tunnel

Hopes are high in Lincoln for the program’s first conference championship since 1999. The defense looks like it could be the strongest part of Bo Pelini’s seventh Nebraska team. The front seven looks especially stout. The offense has some great building blocks, paced by a nice collection of running backs and receivers.

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Dienhart: Minnesota's 2014 schedule analysis

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Indiana

Jerry Kill Post-Spring Game Interview

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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Dienhart: Michigan State's 2014 schedule analysis

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Mark Dantonio Talks with #BTNLive

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

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Pre-game Hitting Drill

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: Iowa's 2014 schedule analysis

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Kirk Ferentz Talks with #BTNLive

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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Dienhart: Indiana's 2014 schedule analysis

Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Tre Roberson (5) looks to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Coach Wilson Talks with #BTNLive

Indiana hasn’t been to a bowl since 2007. Kevin Wilson is getting the Hoosiers closer, going from one, to four, to five wins in his three seasons in Bloomington. A postseason trip almost happened last year, if not for tough losses to Navy and Minnesota. Just like last season, Indiana will be propelled in 2014 by one of the Big Ten’s top offenses. But will the defense be better?

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Dienhart: A look at cross-division foes, from 1-14

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Blake Countess Pick Six

The Big Ten has altered divisions for 2014, going to an East-West format that is geography based after three seasons of the “competitive-balanced” Leaders and Legends Divisions. Each school will play the six other schools in their division, plus two cross-division foes. Not all cross-division foes are created equal, though, and I rank the draws in this post.

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Where Big Ten stars land on 2015 mock drafts

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Randy Gregory Interception Touchdown

The dust hasn’t even settled on the 2014 NFL draft and some pundits already are looking ahead to the 2015 draft. Oh, brother. Needless to say, a lot can change between now and next May. But, take a gander at a few of the early, early, early 2015 mock drafts in this post.

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Dienhart: My 2014 Big Ten All-Undrafted Team

Max Bullough and Tyler Hoover

Bennie Fowler 29-Yard Touchdown

The Big Ten had 30 players taken in the just completed NFL draft. But plenty of good players go undrafted every year and end up making NFL rosters and often having good careers. Some notables: Kurt Warner, Tony Romo, John Randle, Priest Holmes and Wes Welker.

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