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Dienhart: Big Ten Media Days - Day 1 notebook

Day 1 of Big Ten media days came and went Monday, and here are several news and notes as we prepare for Tuesday's festivities.

Dienhart: Predicting 1,000-yard Big Ten rushers

This could be the “Year of the Running Back” in the Big Ten, with many big-time options doting rosters across the conference. And no back is better than Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, who is the league’s top Heisman contender and could be primed for a 2,000-yard season.

Dienhart: Here are my top 25 Big Ten games of 2017

There is no shortage of great games that dot the Big Ten schedule in 2017. The best non-league game? Oklahoma at Ohio State. The best conference tilt? Penn State at Ohio State. Here is my ranking of the Top 25 games on the Big Ten schedule.

See the 42 Big Ten football stars to attend 2017 media days

The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday the 42 students scheduled to attend the 2017 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, held Monday and Tuesday, July 24 and 25, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and Convention Center in Chicago.

Dienhart: Top freshmen to watch in 2017

Which first-year players are worth watching as the 2017 season inches closer? Check out Tom Dienhart's freshmen focus.

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.