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Dienhart: Ranking 2012's Big Ten QBs

The Big Ten will be bolstered by the return of nine starting quarterbacks in 2012. The only schools breaking in new starters under center are Michigan State (Kirk Cousins gone), Northwestern (Dan Persa gone) and Wisconsin (Russell Wilson gone). Without a doubt here, Michigan’s Denard Robinson looks like the top quarterback in the league. Could he become the first Big Ten quarterback to win the Heisman since Ohio State’s Troy Smith turned the trick in 2006? Let’s fire up the debate. Following is my ranking of each Big Ten quarterback who is projected to start in 2012. 1. Denard Robinson,

Week In Review: Where Does Your Coach Rank?

Before we get to Friday’s Big Ten news links, let’s review the week. Monday’s post asked , “Which college fo0tball playoff format do you prefer?” On Tuesday and Wednesday we looked at the buzz around next year’s top offensive and defensive stars.  And Thursday’s post included a possible college football playoff tweak, next year’s NFL Draft prospects, and a singing coach. My bookmark-friendly weekday links are always here, and you get the RSS over here. And now, all the Big Ten grid news from Friday that is fit to link to is below. Lucky you. Your instructions: point, click, read,

Thursday Links: More Football Playoff Chatter

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says teams that don’t win their division shouldn’t be part of a playoff. Good idea? Bad idea? I’ll tell you what I think, then you tell me what you think, but only after you check out my take on Thursday’s selected Big Ten football headlines. Rule talk: So, about Commissioner Delany’s thoughts on teams that don’t win their division shouldn’t be part of a playoff. On the surface, this might make sense. But, it’s not a great idea. Take last season. The SEC West had the nation’s two best teams in LSU and Alabama. The

Let's Rank 2012's Big Ten Backup QBs

On one hand, he’s often the most popular player on campus. On the other hand, you may not even know his name. He’s the backup quarterback. If he’s pressed into duty, it usually means one of two things: 1. The starter got hurt. 2. The starter was, ahem, ineffective. Knowing all this, it’s time for you to get to know your school’s No. 2 signal-caller. Here’s is how I rank ‘em. It’s the latest of my Big Ten off-season rankings. We’re having fun with these and the fans are giving me an earful. Come back Friday when I rank the

Dienhart: Ranking My Top Big Ten Tandems

When it comes to fabulously famous tandems, there have been many over the years. TV’s Captain Kirk and Spock. Literature and film’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin. You see where I’m going. Each individual helps make the duo’s value greater than just the sum of their parts. What are the best tandems in the Big Ten? Glad you asked. Here are my picks for top dynamic duos at each position – with a curve ball at one spot – heading into 2012. Agree or disagree? If you missed my earlier posts, I’ve been spending

Which Football Playoff Idea Do You Prefer?

While America is falling in love with the possibility of a four-team playoff, the Nebraska president favors a plus-one. Really. In fact, University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Harvey Perlman says a plus-one is the favored format among many leaders at Big Ten and Pac-12 schools. Here’s another bucket of ice cold water over your noggin: If there was a four-team playoff, Perlman says he didn’t think decision makers would want the two semi-final games to be played on campuses of higher-seeded teams. Why? Perlman fears such a set up would diminish the bowls. I’m sounding off on this and other Big

Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Tre Roberson (5) looks to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Dienhart: Analyzing Indiana's 2012 Schedule

I continue to take a closer look at each Big Ten football team’s schedule, and this time I’m diving into Indiana’s 2012 campaign, the second one under Kevin Wilson. Previously, I wrote about Illinois, and as we roll these out you can find them in my Big Ten Football Schedule Analysis series. Toughest non-conference game? Toughest Big Ten game? Upset alerts? I touch on these and other categories because it’s never too early to talk about next fall. Feel free to leave me your own take on these schedules in the comments section, or come tell me on Twitter and

Dienhart: About That Big Ten-SEC Game Idea ...

A Big Ten-SEC bowl game? In St. Louis? Maybe, according to this story in Long story short: This is a LONG shot. A big long shot, as a lot of hurdles would have to be cleared for this to be a reality. But I love any concept that has the nation’s two best leagues meeting. We already have that guarantee in three bowl games: Capital One; Outback; Gator. Would a fourth SEC-Big Ten bowl clash be overkill? Perhaps. I have a better idea in this post as I look at that story and more Big Ten football news fit


Who Could Be 2012's Top Football Stars?

Who do you think are the top three candidates to win the Big Ten offensive and defensive player of the year honors? Tell us in the comments below and watch Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo give you their nominations on tonight’s “Big Ten Football Report” at 6:30 p.m. ET (and again at 9 and 11:30 p.m. ET). To get ready, watch this Internet-only interview with Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis conducted earlier today. Also on tonight’s show, we review the Michigan State  and Wisconsin spring games to assess what it will take for these teams to win their divisions again

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All-Big Ten Spring Offensive Team

Big Ten spring practices officially ended last Saturday, with Michigan State and Wisconsin playing their spring games. What players shined from Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa.? I talked to media, coaches and college officials across Big Ten country to get their views. With that, I unveil my All-Big Ten Spring offensive team. My defensive team will follow. See my offensive stars in this post. WR Michael Thomas, 6-2, 193, Fr. Ohio State – A nephew of former NFL great Keyshawn Johnson, Thomas arrived early to take part in spring drills. Smart move, as he was sensational. Thomas capped the