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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.

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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.

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50 Years Later, Iowa's Nelson Gets Degree

Don Nelson has accomplished plenty as either a basketball player or basketball coach at the high school, college and professional level, but he’s about to do something he’s never done before. He’s about to earn his college degree from Iowa. The 71-year-old basketball legend will go through commencement at Iowa next weekend and fulfill his late mother’s wish to get his college degree. The Quad City Times has the entire tale right here, and it’s a good one.

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Saturday's Big Ten Baseball Roundup

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Penn State at Minnesota - Baseball Highlights

Penn State baseball (24-22, 10-7) clinched its fourth-straight Big Ten series on Saturday evening, defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 5-1 at Target Field. Penn State is a season-high three games over .500 in Big Ten play and two games over .500 overall. Read the full recap at GoPSUsports.com. For all of Saturday’s Big Ten baseball action, we’re posting results and video as it comes in. Also, get the latest Big Ten baseball standings and Big Ten baseball statistics at BigTen.org.

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Dienhart: Analyzing Iowa's 2012 Schedule

Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz looks at the scoreboard late in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 45-24. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-US PRESSWIRE

Iowa Spring Game - Football Highlights

As we head into our first football-less weekend after three straight weekends of Spring Games coverage, I continue my Big Ten football team’s schedule analysis with a look at the Iowa Hawkeyes and their 2012 slate. If you missed my earlier ones, we covered Illinois here and Indiana over here. we’re rolling them all out in the coming days right here.

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