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Phil Steele releases 2012 preseason All-Big Ten Team

When Phil Steele posts anything about college football, people read it and respect it. His 2012 Preaseason All-Big Ten Team is no exception. Steele released his Big Ten and SEC preseason teams Wednesday, and you can see them here. Two-time reigning Big Ten champ Wisconsin boasts the most first-team honorees (7), while Michigan State features the most overall honorees (16). Here’s Steele’s preseason All-Big Ten First Team: OFFENSE QB: Denard Robinson, Michigan RB: Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB: Rex Burkhead, Nebraska WR: Roy Roundtree, Michigan WR: Keenan Davis, Iowa WR: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin TE: Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State C: Travis Frederick,

Dienhart: Ranking 2012's Big Ten LBs

The linebacking spot may be the most talented of any position on defense in the Big Ten in 2012. Wisconsin’s Chris Borland and Mike Taylor; Michigan State’s Denicos Allen; Illinois’ Jonathan Brown; Penn State’s Gerald Hodges all are back after earning either first- or second-team All-Big Ten accolades in 2011. The only linebackers who earned first- or second-team All-Big Ten honors who are gone are Nebraska’s Lavonte David and Ohio State’s Andrew Sweat. And of those two, only David was selected in the NFL draft (second round/Buccaneers). Penn State’s Nate Stupar also was picked (seventh round/Raiders), but he was just

Wednesday's Big Ten web links: Click, read, enjoy

Wanna make your Hump Day more enjoyable? Check out these Big Ten football links. Click, read, enjoy. Yes, it’s really that simple. A GEOGRAPHIC APPROACH: Should the Big Ten switch to geographical divisions? It’s a question that Pat Harty of the Iowa City Press-Citizen recently asked after the Big Ten announced its 2015-16 football schedules that include some quirks. Harty is hacked off by the fact Iowa and Wisconsin don’t play annually. He’s also miffed that Iowa and Illinois won’t play for six consecutive seasons and that Iowa and Purdue is a protected rivalry. Hard to argue with any of

Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 2

Each week of the college football season offers a variety of games for fans to watch. I’m taking a super-early look at each week of the Big Ten season as a way to preview the 2012 campaign. Find my Week 2 schedule analysis in this post. Here’s Week 1, if you missed it. What can you expect to find in this series? I’ll tackle the week’s top storylines, offer my Game of the Week, quarterback matchup to watch and coordinator matchup to watch, plus tell you who should be on upset alert. Storylines: Seven Big Ten teams take to the road

Tuesday's links: About those 2015-16 schedules

The Big Ten announced its conference football schedules for the 2015-16 seasons. And the reactions in some precincts were interesting, which makes for a good jumping off point for Tuesday’s Big Ten grid links. OFF THE SCHEDULE: Ohio State and Nebraska will take a four-year hiatus. This isn’t good. Both programs rate as among the best in the nation, with each being part of what I call the “Big Ten’s Big Four:” Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Penn State. Not having the Buckeyes and Cornhuskers meet for that long is—well—it’s a travesty. WILDCATS MISS POWERS: Northwestern appears to have caught a

Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 1

Each week of the college football season offers a variety of games for fans to watch. I’ll start taking an early look at each week of the Big Ten season as a way to preview the 2012 campaign. Find my Week 1 schedule analysis in this post. Storyline: There are 12 games, with three coming vs. FCS foes and four vs. the MAC. Hey, it’s the opening weekend of the season. But there are two games that will go a long way in shaping the Big Ten’s image in 2012. The first is Boise State’s visit to Michigan State on Friday,

Dienhart: My top 10 Big Ten defensive linemen

The Big Ten lost some good defensive linemen after last season. Four defensive tackles and three ends were selected in the NFL draft, highlighted by first-round pick Whitney Mercilus (Illinois). Also drafted were: Michigan State tackle Jerel Worthy (Packers), Penn State tackle Devon Still (Bengals), Michigan tackle Mike Martin (Titans), Nebraska tackle Jared Crick (Texans) and Iowa end Mike Daniels (Packers) and Penn State end Jack Crawford (Raiders). But lots of top talent returns for the conference up front, led by what may be the top end in the nation in Michigan State’s William Gholston. Here’s my ranking of the top 10

Dienhart: Instant 2015-16 schedule analysis

The Big Ten announced its 2015-16 conference football schedules on Monday morning. It’s difficult to know which teams will be good this far in advance, but it’s always fun to think about the future. senior writer Tom Dienhart breaks down the 2015-16 Big Ten schedules in this post. What are some of the top cross-division games? Which teams don’t play during the 2015-16 seasons? And which teams benefit the most from these schedules? BEST CROSS-DIVISION GAMES Leaders Ohio State: Michigan (home: Nov. 26, 2016; away: Nov. 28, 2015), Michigan State (home: Oct. 17, 2015; away: Oct. 15, 2016) Penn State: Iowa

Ready, set, click Monday's best B1G web links

Got a case of the “Mondays”? Read these Big Ten football links! They’re 100 percent guaranteed. And you’ll be cheerier because of it. It’s only May 21, but the chattering, speculation, wonderment and anticipation of Michigan’s season-opening game vs. Alabama in Arlington, Texas, already are reaching epidemic proportions. Oh, sure: Michigan coaches can try to put a lid on the fever. But it’s a fruitless proposition. So, let’s just wallow in the hyperbole of the epic clash between two of college football’s most storied programs that will take place on Sept. 1 in a bigger-than-life game in a bigger-than-life stadium:

Big Ten announces 2015-16 conference slates

( The Big Ten office announced the conference schedules for the 2015 and 2016 football seasons Monday, as approved by administrators during the Big Ten Joint Group Meetings last week in Chicago. Both the 2015 and 2016 schedules will feature all 12 teams in action the opening weekend and the last two Saturdays of Big Ten competition, while two teams will have byes during each of the other six weekends. Both seasons will conclude with the annual Big Ten Football Championship Game, with the winner earning the Big Ten Championship. The 2015 Big Ten season begins on Oct. 3 with