2016 Football Forecast: An early prediction in the Big Ten East

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) rushes in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Ohio State won 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

J.T. Barrett shows off athleticism on this TD run

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With the 2015 season officially in our rear-view mirror, we take an early peek into the fall of 2016 and how it may shape up. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart presents his premature forecast for the Big Ten East division, and we’ve included a link for the readers to contribute to the fans’ overall prediction from No. 1 to No. 7.

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Tom Dienhart's Top 5 players to replace: Minnesota Gophers

Minnesota at Nebraska

Relive Minnesota CB Boddy-Calhoun's pick-six

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In the latest of my stories examining the key departures from each football team, I take a look at Minnesota. Under new coach Tracy Claeys, who took over last year after Jerry Kill abruptly retired due to health concerns, the program is on solid footing with a bowl appearance in each of the last four seasons.

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Dienhart: Vote lets 10-team leagues hold football title game

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The Big 12 got its wish, as the NCAA voted to deregulate rules surrounding league championship games. The league can hold a league title game as soon as next season under its current 10-team, one-division configuration.

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Big Ten links: Coaching changes, a new deal and a recruiting analysis

Oct 10, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson walks on the field during the third quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Indiana 29-7.

IU's Wilson discusses his six-year deal

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There are some more coaching changes around the Big Ten, but Indiana’s Kevin Wilson isn’t one of them after landing a new contract. Can James Franklin and Penn State win more than seven games next year? And with football signing day coming up, One writer takes an interesting look at how this season’s final Top 25 actually fared in recruiting the past five years. These stories and more in today’s Big Ten news digest.

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