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Dienhart's early 2013 football power rankings

The final punctuation mark has been put on the 2012 season and we closed that latest chapter. Now, we turn the page and look toward 2013. Before you know it, spring football will be here. In anticipation of the fall of 2013, here’s my early, early—and I mean EARLY—look at how the Big Ten could stack up from 1-12. 1. Ohio State. The Buckeyes welcome back lots of talent from a team that went 12-0 in Urban Meyer’s debut. What can Meyer do for an encore? Most of the talent is on offense. And the schedule is very manageable. Bottom

Dienhart: Illinois makes it official with Bill Cubit

What has been reported for days became official Monday with Illinois announcing Bill Cubit as the new offensive coordinator. Cubit is coming off a successful eight-year run as head coach at Western Michigan, going 51-47 overall and 36-27 in the MAC with three bowls. “I am very excited to have an experienced coach like Bill Cubit join the Illini football staff as he has always been known to have an outstanding football mind,” Illinois coach Tim Beckman said in a statement. “I’ve known Bill and coached against him for several years. He has had many extremely productive offensive teams during

Illinois fires co-offensive coordinator Beatty

Tim Beckman announced Saturday that co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Chris Beatty will not return in 2013. BTN analyst Howard Griffith was the first to report the news. In a school release, Illinois said a national search for an offensive coordinator will begin immediately. “Chris Beatty is an outstanding person and a good coach,” Beckman said. “His family will always be a part our Illini football family. I wish him the best as he moves forward with his career.” Illinois averaged 16.7 points and 296.7 yards in total offense in 2012, ranking 12th in the Big Ten in both categories.

Season in review: Illinois football

Tim Beckman’s debut was one to forget, as the Fighting Illini struggled on both sides of the ball. Spotty play along the offensive line hindered an offense that was last in the Big Ten in scoring (16.7 ppg); No. 11 in rushing (127.8 ypg); No. 10 in passing (168.8 ypg). The defense wasn’t much better, ranking No. 11 in scoring defense (32.1 ppg); No. 10 overall (387.6 ypg); No. 10 vs. the run (193.3 ypg). Compounding matters: Illinois’ 30 turnovers were second most in the league. Illinois 2012 Date Opponent Result / Time 9/1 vs. Western Michigan W 24 – 7 9/8

Which division ideas do you prefer?

One of the hottest debates around the Big Ten Conference’s announced plan to expand to 14 schools revolves around the future look of the two divisions. Currently, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern reside in the Legends Division while Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin are in the Leaders Division. The addition of Maryland and Rutgers poses this question: What comes next? We’ve launched a survey question in this post with three ideas for divisions. Tell us your choice and add any other feedback, too. BTN’s experts will discuss these ideas on Monday’s “Football Report” at 6:30 p.m. ET. Also, the numbers tell us

What should happen to Big Ten divisions?

On tonight’s episode of “The Football Report,” our TV analysts tackled the expansion-related topic of the Big Ten Conference football divisions. Before you watch and see what our guys think, come tell us what you think in this post. Specifically, when the conference expands beyond 12 conference members, should the Big Ten form completely new divisions? If so, what should they be? Or should the Big Ten just add each school to an existing division? Driven by the recent news that Maryland and Rutgers are joining the Big Ten, the survey below asks this division realignment question among others. BTN

2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Teams

The 2012 All-Big Ten Football Teams were announced Monday night on BTN. Dave Revsine hosted the 60-minute special that included analysis from Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Chris Martin and interviews with several of the Big Ten’s individual award winners, including Wisconsin’s Montee Ball. See both of the teams in this post. Earlier Monday, BTN.com released its 2012 All-Big Ten teams. Here’s a look at the Coaches Team: 2012 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team as Selected by Conference Coaches FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Quarterback Braxton Miller, Ohio State Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State Running Back Ameer Abdullah,

Final power rankings: Ohio State finishes No. 1

This is the final edition of the 2012 Big Ten power rankings. And it’s pretty clear who the two best teams in the Big Ten are: Ohio State and Nebraska. Alas, they can’t meet in the conference title game, as the Buckeyes are on probation. But Ohio State finished 12-0, including a 63-38 win over the Cornhuskers in Columbus earlier this season. So, the Buckeyes must be best, right? [RELATED: Big Ten Player Rankings] See the final power rankings in the photo gallery below. About Tom Dienhart BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big

How did we do? Week 13 picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis, it’s time to check out how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 13 predictions. For the second straight week, it was a perfect showing for BTN.com fans, who now stand two games ahead of Dienhart in the season standings. Dienhart and I both went 5-1, as the former missed Michigan-Ohio State and latter Indiana-Purdue. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 75-21; .781 Tom: 73-23; .760 Brent: 69-27; .719 Nebraska 13, Iowa 7 Tom’s pick: Nebraska, 35-13 – This will be like a de facto

Northwestern 50, Illinois 14: Photos, videos & recaps

Venric Mark rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown as Northwestern improved its chances for a berth in a New Year’s Day bowl game, beating Illinois 50-14 on Saturday. Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter threw for a career-high three touchdowns and the Wildcats (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) reached nine victories for the first time since 2008. Penalties and turnovers hurt Illinois (2-10, 0-8), which has lost nine straight and 14 in a row in Big Ten play. The Illini committed four turnovers – including three interceptions – and eight penalties in their season finale. Northwestern captured the Land of Lincoln Trophy