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Northwestern schedule analysis: Early look at Wildcats' 2015 slate

Northwestern is coming off back-to-back 5-7 seasons after going to five bowls in a row. It’s time for the Wildcats to get back on track. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s 2015 schedule analysis posts ] Pat Fitzgerald—who is entering his 10th season at the helm of his alma mater–will have one of his most talented teams yet in his efforts to restore NU into a contender, but questions loom on offense at quarterback, wideout and along the line. Plus, the schedule is filled with hurdles. Here is a detailed look at Northwestern’s to-do list, which features eight bowl

Big Ten links: NFL.com top 15 lists, Penn State-Pit series & much more

NFL.com has a couple of nice lists. One is of the Top 15 Heisman contenders for 2016. Hello, Ohio State quarterbacks. The other is of the Top 15 defensive players. Hello, Joey Bosa. *** Dan Duggan of NJ.com posed five questions for Rutgers football prior to spring ball. Now, he answers them. Question No. 1 was if a quarterback would emerge. And, of course, none did. *** The great Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette took a look at trophy runs, in which teams rush to an opponent’s sideline to seize a trophy after winning a game. I hope

Reform is in the air: Creating a global education experience

ROSEMONT, Ill. – A global education experience. That’s a mouthful. And that’s also the goal of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for every student-athlete. Live it, learn it, know it. A procession of league athletic directors paraded in front of the media the last two days at the Big Ten’s headquarters and was peppered with myriad questions. What’s going on with the upcoming TV contract negotiations? Are there too many hoops games? Did the College Football Playoff work? Is the graduate transfer rule flawed? [ MORE: Grad transfer rule comes under scrutiny at AD meetings ] And on it went,

Grad transfer rule comes under scrutiny at Big Ten AD meetings

ROSEMONT, Ill. — During the recent meeting of Big Ten athletic directors, many topics were discussed. And one of the more prominent issues was that of graduate transfers. [ MORE: Q&A: Ohio State AD Gene Smith touches on several hot topics ] Is the concept working as intended? It’s a unique rule that has become a major part of the college sports landscape in recent years. A player earns his degree and still has a year of eligibility left. He then has the option to transfer to finish his athletic eligibility at another school. The catch: The athlete must be

Big Ten links: Stipends, Ezekiel Elliott's Heisman chances & much more

The subject of a stipend or cost-of-attendance figures is hot. And it looks like Penn State will have the highest stipend in the Big Ten. Check out this video of James Franklin talking about it. Could having the highest stipend in the Big Ten be a recruiting tool for Franklin? David Jones of Pennlive.com breaks all of the stipend business down well right here. Jones wonders this: Will friendly state legislatures and a possible lack of federal oversight allow some football-crazed areas to jack up the figures to absurd levels? Franklin has coached in the SEC and knows the culture,

Big Ten links: 2016 mock drafts, Aaron White's draft stock & much more

Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com wondered if Urban Meyer could build an NFL team with his former players. Turns out, he could. And it would be a pretty good squad, too. Check it out. *** On the subject of OSU, DE Joey Bosa tops Mel Kiper’s list of 2016 prospects. No shock. Jadeveon Clowney in 2014, Mario Williams in 2006 and Courtney Brown in 2000—all ends–are the only defensive players drafted No. 1 overall in the last 20 years. And three Ohio State players have been taken No. 1 overall, starting with linebacker Tom Cousineau in 1979, then defensive tackle Dan