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Indiana hopes move to 3-4 scheme helps defense

No one needs to tell Brian Knorr about the struggles of the Indiana defense in recent years. He knows there’s a reason why he’s in Bloomington as the Hoosiers’ new defensive coordinator. The Indiana defense is broken. Badly. And he needs to fix it if this program wants to take the proverbial next step. It’s a big task. Defense rarely is a strength for Indiana. Offense? It’s off-the-charts good, thanks Kevin Wilson and his pyrotechnic attack that once again figures to rate among the best in the Big Ten. Wilson understands the challenge that awaits Knorr, which is why he

BTN.com's 2014 Big Ten football uniform poll

Everybody enjoys a good football uniform. Already home to some of the game’s most iconic uniforms, the Big Ten will garner even more attention for its designs with Maryland and Rutgers’ arrival. Who has the best uniforms? We asked five college football writers to help us form BTN.com’s 2014 Big Ten uniform poll. The voters: Steven Lassan, Andrew Lind, Stewart Mandel, Chris Vannini and Jim Weber, in addition to BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina. Voters ranked the Big Ten uniforms, from 1-14, considering each team’s full ensemble (home, away, alternates, throwbacks, primary helmet and alternate helmets), with a

Dienhart ranks his B1G favorites for every award

America is awash in names, as the official “watch lists” have been revealed for the major college football awards. Who will win the Doak Walker Award? The Butkus Award? Here are my top three Big Ten picks for each bauble. CAMP/MAXWELL (Player of the Year) 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State. The dynamic Miller is the quintessential big play waiting to happen. His passing continues to improve, but Miller’s best weapon always will be his feet. No offensive player is more feared. 2. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State. An underrated athlete, Cook showed moxie in taking over the job last

Playoff is here--but I still want more

In some ways, it’s still hard to believe that big-time college football finally will have a playoff. More evidence of that was revealed Wednesday at SEC media days by Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff who discussed some specifics on the event. Is the system perfect? No. For one thing, the playoff should be more than just four teams. How difficult is it going to be for the committee to draw the line between Team No. 4 and Team No. 5? If you think teams that get left out of the 68-team NCAA men’s basketball tourney

B1G releases times, networks for first 3 weeks

The Big Ten and the conference’s family of networks released Wednesday the remaining kickoff times and networks for the season’s first three weeks. See what time and on what network your team is scheduled to play in the first three weeks in this post. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart ranks his top 50 Big Ten games of 2014 ] WEEK 1 (Aug. 28-30) Eastern Illinois at Minnesota, 7 p.m. ET – BTN/BTN2Go (previously announced) Rutgers at Washington State, 10 p.m. ET – FS1 (previously announced) Aug. 29 Jacksonville State at Michigan State, 7:30 p.m. ET – BTN/BTN2Go (previously announced) Aug. 30

One game a week, it's our expert's Ultimate B1G trip

If time and money weren’t objectives, what Big Ten games would you go to this season? I have built the ultimate 2014 Big Ten schedule, dialing in the game you would need to be at each week. Call it “football nirvana.” See my weekly picks in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart ranks the top 50 games of 2014 ] WEEK 1: WISCONSIN vs. LSU (in Houston). This will be played on the grand stage of Reliant Stadium, giving the Badgers a chance to show if their rebuilt defense is up to the task. LSU had a national-high nine NFL draft

Photos: See 2014 Big Ten football schedule posters

The countdown to football season is heating up, and that means 2014 schedule posters are being released. We at BTN.com always enjoy seeing what Big Ten teams come up with each summer, from the overall design, the players featured, and the team mottos. Below, find the Big Ten teams that have released their schedule poster. We will add the rest as they are released. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart ranks top 50 Big Ten games of 2014 ] ILLINOIS 2014 #Illini schedule posters are in. 88 days until kickoff! #FIGHT pic.twitter.com/HRomuzL3eW — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) June 3, 2014 INDIANA IOWA Here's

Dienhart ranks top 50 Big Ten games of 2014

So many good games to choose from, so little time … where to begin? That’s the conundrum when looking over the composite Big Ten schedule. There are a lot of very appealing games as the Big Ten begins its new 14-team era. Here are my top 50 games on the 2014 schedule. [ MORE: Get Dienhart’s preseason unit rankings | And schedule analysis ] 1. Ohio State at Michigan State, Nov. 8: Figures to be a de facto Big Ten East title game. 2. Michigan State at Oregon, Sept. 6: Could set the table for the Spartans’ run for a

Ten burning questions for Big Ten media days

The Big Ten will begin gearing up for the college football season on July 28-29 with the Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago. The annual event features coaches and players from all 14 Big Ten schools and will mark the first official appearance of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten. The event is a chance for media members to gather and ask questions to players and coaches in preparation for the upcoming season. Here’s my top 10 questions I’d love to hear addressed at Big Ten media days. [

Ranking the Big Ten's top 10 QB-WR duos

The Big Ten is set to return a ton of talent at quarterback, but the same can’t be said at wide receiver. With names like Jared Abbrederis, Corey Brown, Quincy Enunwa, Jeremy Gallon, Cody Latimer and Allen Robinson all off to the NFL, there will be plenty of new names atop the receiving leader list. This got me thinking about the top quarterback-receiver duos in the Big Ten. Here’s my top-10 list. * I made it a point to not list the same quarterback more than once. [ MORE: Terps top Big Ten pass catcher rankings ] 1. Braxton Miller