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Analyzing Michigan State's 2012 Schedule

Michigan State’s 2012 football schedule is an interesting one, partly because of what happens right from the start. And you can be sure there is a very rugged three-game stretch in the second half of their season. This post on the Spartans is just the latest in my series analyzing the upcoming schedules by Big Ten school. Have a look at my previous posts, and I’ll have the rest of them rolled out in the coming days. Feel free to leave me your own take on this schedule and any others comments section, or come tell me on Twitter and

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. Here are my picks for top dynamic duos at each position – with a curve ball at one spot – heading into 2012. Agree or disagree? If you missed my earlier posts, I’ve been spending

Which Football Playoff Idea Do You Prefer?

While America is falling in love with the possibility of a four-team playoff, the Nebraska president favors a plus-one. Really. In fact, University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Harvey Perlman says a plus-one is the favored format among many leaders at Big Ten and Pac-12 schools. Here’s another bucket of ice cold water over your noggin: If there was a four-team playoff, Perlman says he didn’t think decision makers would want the two semi-final games to be played on campuses of higher-seeded teams. Why? Perlman fears such a set up would diminish the bowls. I’m sounding off on this and other Big

Dienhart: Q&A with Michigan State's Dantonio

Michigan State is one of the hottest programs in the Big Ten—if not the nation. And the Spartans can thank Mark Dantonio. Since arriving from Cincinnati to assume command in 2007, Dantonio has forged a 44-22 record in six seasons, including a 27-13 mark in the Big Ten. And each season, Michigan State has gone to a bowl, highlighted by a win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl after last season. Dantonio also beat rival Michigan for a fourth consecutive season in 2011, forever endearing him to Spartan fans. I caught up with the Spartan boss a few days after

Dienhart: About That Big Ten-SEC Game Idea ...

A Big Ten-SEC bowl game? In St. Louis? Maybe, according to this story in STLToday.com. Long story short: This is a LONG shot. A big long shot, as a lot of hurdles would have to be cleared for this to be a reality. But I love any concept that has the nation’s two best leagues meeting. We already have that guarantee in three bowl games: Capital One; Outback; Gator. Would a fourth SEC-Big Ten bowl clash be overkill? Perhaps. I have a better idea in this post as I look at that story and more Big Ten football news fit

Ready, set, click Wednesday's best web links

What’s going on around the Big Ten football landscape today? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart links you to Wednesday’s best Big Ten headlines in this post. SEEING GREEN: SI.com’s Andrew Perloff predicts that Michigan State defensive end William Gholston will be a first-round draft choice. This is sorta like predicting rain in Seattle. At 6-7, 280 pounds, the junior is a physical freak, but Perloff says some teams may have “character concerns” about Gholston. Well, we all know how NFL teams feel: If you can play, they don’t really care about character. ANOTHER DEFENSIVE STUD: While I’m on the subject

Dienhart: Tuesday's best Big Ten web links

The 2012 NFL Draft draft just completed Saturday night, and many of the experts are already looking ahead to the 2013 class. See links to early 2013 mock drafts and much more in BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s latest daily links. READY FOR A BATTLE: Joel Stave looked good in Wisconsin’s spring game on Saturday, hitting 14-of-25 passes for 135 yards with a touchdown and interception. Now, he says he’s ready to take on Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien for the starting job when camp opens. While this is all well and good, I still think O’Brien will be VERY difficult

5 B1G Teams Ranked in College Football Live's Preseason Poll

Five Big Ten teams land on ESPN’s College Football Live’s 2012 preseason top 25, and each will be featured on a segment of the show at 3:30 p.m. ET in the coming weeks. Ohio State’s turn came Monday (watch it here), while Nebraska and Wisconsin are up Thursday and Friday, respectively. See where the five teams are ranked in this post. BIG TEN TEAMS RANKED No. 10 Michigan No. 12 Michigan State No. 16 Wisconsin No. 17 Nebraska No. 20 Ohio State (Watch segment) Ranked too high: Nebraska – The Huskers lost a lot on defense, and on offense, it’s

Who Could Be 2012's Top Football Stars?

Who do you think are the top three candidates to win the Big Ten offensive and defensive player of the year honors? Tell us in the comments below and watch Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo give you their nominations on tonight’s “Big Ten Football Report” at 6:30 p.m. ET (and again at 9 and 11:30 p.m. ET). To get ready, watch this Internet-only interview with Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis conducted earlier today. Also on tonight’s show, we review the Michigan State  and Wisconsin spring games to assess what it will take for these teams to win their divisions again

All-Spring Defense & Special Teams Honorees

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart released his All-Big Ten Spring Offensive Team. Today, it’s time to recognize the best on defense and special teams. Which players shined the most from Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa.? Dienhart talked to media, coaches and college officials across Big Ten country to get their views. With that, check out Dienhart’s All-Big Ten Spring defensive and special team honorees. Have someone he forget? Add it as a comment at the bottom of this post. DEFENSE E Jason Ankrah, 6-4, 265, Jr., Nebraska – He appears to be primed for a breakout season. Ankrah