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Offensive-minded head coaches rule the Big Ten ... and nation

Every head coach has a side of the ball he was “brought up in” and is associated with. Some come with an offensive background; others were raised on the defensive side of the ball. In the Big Ten, offense has the edge, as eight of the 14 head coaches have an offensive background.

Dienhart: The Ultimate 2017 Big Ten football road trip

Get out your calendar and find a red Sharpie. It’s time to make your Saturday plans for September to November. What’s the best game each week that you must watch? It’s all here in my Ultimate 2017 Big Ten Schedule.

Dienhart: Top Big Ten players back from injury

Injuries are a part of football. And sometimes, they can ruin a team’s season. Last season saw several key Big Ten players miss significant time due to injury. Here is a look at the top player from each squad who missed a lot of time after suffering an injury in 2016 and hopes for better times in 2017.

Dienhart: Toughest stretch in each Big Ten schedule

A tough stretch of games can make or break a team’s season. Here is BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's pick for the “toughest stretch” of each Big Ten team’s schedule.

Dienhart: Best chance for each Big Ten team to be upset

Upsets. They happen. Ask Iowa fans, who won’t soon forget losing at home to FCS North Dakota State last season. Northwestern can sympathize, as the Wildcats fell at home to Illinois State in 2016. No doubt, more upsets will take place this fall.

Dienhart: Every Big Ten team's best chance to pull an upset

Few things get fans more excited than an upset. Most will fondly recall the time their school knocked off a team that it was supposed to lose to. Some upsets of note of recent vintage are Michigan State taking down Ohio State in Columbus in 2015.

Dienhart: Every Big Ten team's easiest 2017 game

They are on every schedule—even your school’s. They are the easy games. You know, games that look like a sure win. Some call them “creampuff games” or “layups.” Get Tom Dienhart's pick for each Big Ten school's easiest game this season.

Dienhart: Must-win game for each Big Ten team

Look at your school’s schedule. Now, get out a red pen and circle the game you feel is a “must win.” You know, the game that your team can't afford to drop in order to reach its season goals, whether that be bowl eligibility or a division crown.

Dienhart: A look at 2017 cross-division draws

A schedule can make or break a team’s season. And a big part of the schedule equation is cross-division games. What three teams does your school play from the other division? Who does it miss? This fall, Big Ten West teams all get five home conference games, including two of three interdivision matchups.