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6:30 PMSt. Peter's at MarylandWatch
7:00 PMN. Kentucky at IndianaWatch
8:00 PMMiss. Valley St. at WisconsinWatch
Tomorrow
7:00 PMMinnesota at Michigan St.Watch
7:00 PMWisconsin at IndianaWatch
8:00 PMSan Jose St. at NebraskaWatch
8:00 PMRobert Morris at IowaWatch
Saturday Dec 10
2:00 PMPittsburgh at Penn St.Watch

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Dienhart: Tuesday's Best Big Ten Links

The Big Ten grid links that matter are right here. Come inside and get the latest headlines, from Matt McGloin to the YouTube videos John L. Smith doesn’t want any of us to remember to Michigan and Michigan State’s challenging schedules, among other things. TALKING WITH McGLOIN: Stefanie Loh has a nice Q&A with Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin. Among the interesting questions, McGloin is asked how the new offensive system is better than the old one. His response: “In a lot of ways. I’m not trying to say anything bad about the offense that was here before, because I

Twitter Tips: Check out these Spartan accounts

The next stop on our Twitter Tips series takes us to Michigan State. Having already featured Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan, it’s time to turn our 12-installment series over to the guys who tweet about the Spartans. The goal of this project is simple: to share some of our favorite school-specific Twitter accounts with our fans. With that out of the way, let’s get to the Michigan State handles. The Spartans have several worthy follows, from informative beat writers (@joerexrode) to dedicated bloggers (@ChrisVannini) to notable alumni (@drewstanton). Basically, whatever it is you’re looking for, Michigan State has a presence on

Football Report: Reviewing Spring Games

On tonight’s “Big Ten Football Report” at 7 p.m. ET our crew looks at the past weekend of Spring Football at Penn State, Ohio State, and Minnesota. Also, we interview Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and BTN’s Howard Griffith sits down with Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to study the Spartans defense. In the past, our crew has had some really insightful film sessions – watch the videos of previous sessions with Michigan, Nebraska and Iowa. Griffith and Gerry DiNardo also break down Spartans new quarterback Andrew Maxwell, too. In the rest of the show, Griffith and DiNardo take a

Rank it: Top B1G non-con schedules

Not all non-conference schedules are created equal, as you can see from my rankings, from 1-12, of the Big Ten non-league menus. Some are high calorie. Some are low-calorie. So, who has the toughest slate? And the easiest? Find out in this post. You can find all of my Big Ten football coverage here. Oh, and if you like rankings like this, you’ll want to check out this archive, where I’m ranking 2012 games, players and schedules. Some notes: FCS teams playing Big Ten teams: 10 (counting UMass, which is transitioning from FCS to FBS) Fewest FCS teams played: Michigan

Check Out Monday's Best B1G Web Links

Three more spring games are in the books, as Ohio State, Penn State and Minnesota punctuated their drills with games on Saturday. Michigan State and Wisconsin are the only schools left playing, with each conducting a spring game this Saturday when the NFL draft still will be going on. BUTKUS’ TIME: Is this a worrisome thought? The most critical and complicated position on Tim Beckman’s Illinois staff is being handled by the unit’s least experienced coach. His name: Luke Butkus. His position: The offensive line. How badly did the Illini attack struggle in 2011? The unit failed to score a

Rank it: Top 15 Big Ten games of 2012

Last year brought us some epic Big Ten games. We soon won’t forget Michigan State over Wisconsin; Ohio State beating the Badgers; Nebraska rallying over Ohio State. What classics are waiting to be hatched in 2012, you ask? Good question. Get out your red Sharpie and circle these games that land on my Top 15 Big Ten clashes of 2012. Earlier, I ranked the top 15 nonconference games. Did I miss one? Tell me which Big Ten games have you fired up the most. I’m on Twitter and Facebook, too. 2012 schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Michigan |

Coach DiNardo's Spring Tour Impressions

BTN lead football analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith recently completed their spring trek across Big Ten country, and now it’s time for the impressions from the trip. Lucky for us, DiNardo is a dedicated tweeter. See some of Coach’s thoughts from his travels in this post. Spring Football Tour over. No dominant team in B1G after spring ball. #Spartans best team after spring from top to bottom. — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) April 19, 2012 Spring Practice Tour over After spring Legends better division maybe much better — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) April 19, 2012 Spring Practice Tour done. Legends 3

Dienhart: "The Game" in the spring, too?

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is a genius–at least when it comes to spicing up spring football games. Let’s face it: These spring “games” often are little more than glorified scrimmages to appease and tease fans. The interest? Minimal—aside from the true cognoscenti. Many coaches don’t like them, preferring to run a scrimmage or just conduct another practice for fear of injury. Lack of depth is another reason many coaches don’t like intrasquad scrimmages, as it often makes it difficult to split teams into even squads. So, how can we spice these spring games up? Well, Swinney proposes to have the NCAA

Ready, set, click Thursday's top B1G web links

What’s being said about Big Ten football on this glorious Thursday? Here are the top stories. Enjoy. GET HIM ON THE FIELD: Has Wisconsin switched speedy running back James White to receiver? It looked that way at a recent practice, writes Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal. But White insists otherwise. “I’m still a running back,” said White. “(Receiver) is just a second thing. It’s a backup thing.” Yes, but it’s all a part of the coaches’ hopes of getting White and stud running back Montee Ball on the field together. Why not? They are both spectacular playmakers who

Daily Links: New Names Making Their Marks

Penn State’s defense has some big holes to fill on the defensive line but Iowa’s defensive line is young and inexperienced, too. Could Minnesota true freshman quarterback Philip Nelson unseat MarQueis Gray? And how will the production of departed Nick Toon be replaced at Wisconsin? Here’s my daily spin around the football headlines in the Big Ten. By the way, I do this each weekday. Line moves: Penn State’s defense has some big holes to fill on the line with two ends and star tackle Devon Still gone and in a secondary that lost all of its starters. At least