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Five Rutgers football players suspended after arrests

The first football can’t be kicked off soon enough for the Big Ten as news out of Rutgers has five Scarlet Knight football players arrested in connection with a home invasion and assault. According to the story by Keith Sargeant of NJ.com, the five current players charged in the attack are: Andre Boggs, Ruhann Peele, Nadir Barnwell, Razohnn Gross, and Delon Stephenson. Rutgers said the players have been suspended indefinitely. Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann announced the suspensions in a statement and added, “We continue to monitor the situation. We will have no further comment as this is a pending legal matter.” Recently, a

Big Ten Football Mailbag: On rivalries, rankings & more Week 1 questions

You have questions, I have answers in this week’s mail bag. The best thing of all: It’s game week, as many of your questions point toward an interesting opening of the season that includes several tilts that will play a role in shaping the Big Ten’s perception on a national level. Read them all and send fresh comments and questions at the the bottom of this post. Is this the year Minnesota takes home The Little Brown Jug, Floyd of Rosedale and Paul Bunyan’s Axe? – Ryan I think Minnesota has a good chance to pull off the trifecta. The Gophers

Tom Dienhart's early Week 1 opinions, observations & hard takes

This isn’t just the opening week of the season for the Big Ten. It’s also a defining week for the conference. The Big Ten can set a strong tone by winning some key clashes, including Ohio State at Virginia Tech.

Big Ten links: Michigan State history, Penn State kicker & more

A little history for you on this Wednesday morning: Kyle Austin of Mlive.com takes a look at the other times Michigan State has begun a season ranked No. 15 or higher. I have a feeling this squad will go down as one of the best ever in school annals. *** Jim Harbaugh says he has told his team who will start at QB. But, “mum” is the word. I will be surprised if Jake Rudock isn’t the guy under center at Utah on Thursday night. His experience from having played at Iowa is invaluable, especially with the Wolverines playing on

Can Ohio State run table to national title? We asked beat writers

All eyes are on Ohio State as it opens the 2015 season as the first-ever unanimous preseason No. 1 team in the AP poll. [ MORE: Polls: Who wins Week 1 games? | Week 1 Big Ten previews ] The Buckeyes are coming off a 14-1 season, winning their last 13 games en route to claiming the national championship. Can the Buckeyes, who open at Virginia Tech on Monday, run the table this year and win it all once again? I asked some leading Big Ten writers for their opinion on if they think Ohio State can go unbeaten. Ryan

Big Ten links: Ohio State QB, Illinois assistant shakeup & more

If you are waiting on Ohio State to name a starter, you’ll need to wait longer. It won’t happen until the opener on Monday at Virginia Tech. And when game time rolls around, both Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett could see action. In the end, it seems most pundits think Barrett will get the call. But, I don’t think the offense will look much different regardless of who takes snaps, right? *** Mitch Leidner is the starting QB for Minnesota. But the rise of true freshman Demry Croft has some fans eager to see what he’s all about. Croft is