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Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten secondaries

Michigan State's Johnny Adams

Christian Bryant Interception - Ohio State Spring Football Game

Big Ten defensive backfields are loaded with talent, including cornerbacks like Michigan State’s Johnny Adams, Iowa’s Micah Hyde and Purdue’s Ricardo Allen, along with safeties like Ohio State’s C.J. Barnett, Michigan State’s Isaiah Lewis and Michigan’s Jordan Kovacs. And some of the units figure to rank among the best in the nation, including those at Ohio State, Michigan State and Nebraska.

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Reader Mail: Big Ten Fans Review Our Rankings

You have questions? Yes, you do. And, of course, I have my answers. It’s time for my latest Big Ten Mailbag and my readers brought some great heat this week. What’s burning your brain? My myriad player and unit rankings, which seem to have rankled some of you who think I have gone cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Not true. I’m sane … and I’m a Quisp man.

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Today's Big Ten Links: News, notes & more

Here’s a question to ponder before logging off today and heading to Joe’s American Bar and Grill for some margherita flatbread, ahi tuna salad and karaoke: Can Ohio State go unbeaten this season? I’m serious. The guys at ESPN.com are asking. Also in today’s Big Ten headlines, I can’t think of a better way to end your work week than by reading this fantastic story on Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and the son who helps him keep life in perspective. A moving piece by the great Matt Hayes.

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Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten Linebackers

Chris Borland

Chris Borland interview - Wisconsin Spring Football Game

Linebacker play in the Big Ten should be strong this season, led by players like Wisconsin’s Mike Taylor, Penn State’s Gerald Hodges, Illinois’ Jonathan Brown and Michigan’s Kenny Demens, among many others. But which Big Ten schools have the best linebacking corps? Find out in my Big Ten unit rankings in this post. Don’t agree? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Also, don’t forget about all of my 2012 unit rankings.

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Debate it: 2012 Big Ten rushing yards leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten leader in passing TDs, the third in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Now up: Rushing yards. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader.

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Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten Defensive Lines

Illinois' Michael Buchanan

Pat Narduzzi Film Session

The trenches are where games are won–ask any coach. And the Big Ten, led by a strong crop in the Leaders Division, has some good defensive fronts that will rate among the best in the nation. Where does your Big Ten school’s defensive line rank? Check out my entire list in this post. Don’t agree with my rankings? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Also, don’t forget about all of my 2012 unit rankings.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Minnesota's Matt Limegrover

It’s a building process. Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover knows that. He’s been through this before with Golden Gopher head coach Jerry Kill at Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Emporia State, where he joined Kill in 1999 and hasn’t left. Limegrover became offensive coordinator in 2001, when Kill and his staff took over at Southern Illinois. I caught up with Limegrover to talk about his offense and how it’s developing as he heads in Year Two with the Golden Gophers.

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Dienhart: 2012 Big Ten receiving unit rankings

Lots of questions loom on receiving corps across the Big Ten. The top seven pass catchers from 2011 are gone: Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins; Iowa’s Marvin McNutt; Northwestern’s Jeremy Ebert; Michigan State’s B.J. Cunningham; Wisconsin’s Nick Toon; Michigan State’s Keshawn Martin; Minnesota’s Da’Jon McKnight.

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Debate it: 2012 Big Ten scoring leader

In the coming days, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina will tackle all the important football statistical categories and offer their predictions for the 2012 Big Ten leader. Up first: Scoring. See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your winner, too.

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Mailbag: Are Buckeyes worthy of all the praise?

Ohio State's Jake Stoneburner

Coach Urban Meyer Interview - Ohio State Spring Football Game

You have questions, and I have answers. With the calendar turning to June, the focus is on football, as you can see from the questions below. Answering these queries got me thinking: Are Michigan State and Ohio State the best teams in the Big Ten? Find out in this post. Also, have you checked out my 2012 weekly schedule analysis series, which just reached Week 13 yesterday, or my archive of Big Ten rankings?

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Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 13

Michigan's Fitzgerald Toussaint

Ohio State at Michigan - Football Highlights

We’ve reached the end of the road with my super-early schedule analysis for every week of the 2012 college football season. The last week of the Big Ten Football season is, more times than not, dominanted by one thing: Michigan vs. Ohio State.

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Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten Running Backs

Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) celebrates after scoring a touchdown with center Travis Jackson (63) during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Montee Ball Look Back

When Montee Ball opted to return for his senior season, he solidified Wisconsin as a Big Ten favorite and himself as a Heisman Trophy front-runner. Ball also cemented the Badgers’ status as having the Big Ten’s top collection of running backs. And perhaps the best collection in the nation. Here is how I rate the Big Ten running back units, which are a strong collection of talent with 12 of last season’s top 14 rushers back.

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Friday's Links: Playoff talk & scheduling notes

What does the SEC want when it comes to college football playoff? Wisconsin new quarterback is ready to get going, and Ohio State made a schedule adjustment. There’s no better way to end your work week than by getting caught up on your Big Ten football information. Just click, read and enjoy. It’s almost as easy as making microwave popcorn.

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Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 11

Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Cameron Meredith (34) stops Penn State Nittany Lions running back Stephfon Green (21) for a short gain in the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Nebraska defeated Penn State 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

Nebraska at Penn State - Football Highlights

The more I really dig into each week of the 2012 Big Ten college football season with my schedule analysis, the more excited I get about football. In this post I look at Week 11 with my usual categories: top expected stories, my game of the week (hint: it involves the two teams in the video in this post), best quarterback and coordinator matchups, my upset alert, and my game rankings.

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