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Best of Week 13: A couple big-time West battles

The penultimate Saturday brings us seven Big Ten games for the first time in 2014. The Big Ten West must be watched, as Minnesota plays at Nebraska and Wisconsin travels to Iowa in two division-defining games. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 13. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 13 Interesting factoid: Since carding back-to-back wins over Ohio State in 1987 and 1988, Indiana is 0-20-1 in the series, with the tie coming in 1990. So, yeah, it’s been a while since the Hoosiers were competitive against one of the Big

Video: Michigan DB Jabrill Peppers' 10 predictions

Bleacher Report had highly touted Michigan freshman Jabrill Peppers offer 10 predictions in a video feature. Peppers rattled off several bold predictions, including that he would have at least three picks and at least one pick-6, saying, “It’s kind of hard not to have a pick-6 when you have a nose for the ball.” [ MORE: Video: Watch Jabrill Peppers wins New Jersey state title ] However, Peppers worded several of the “predictions” more like they were lofty team goals. For example, his No. 1 prediction: “I always predict big, I always shoot for the stars, so, hey, why not

NFL.com lists 1995 Huskers as greatest of all time

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer made news this past weekend when he told a group of youth football campers over the weekend that his 2008 Florida team was the greatest team in college football history. The debate is one for the ages, as there are plenty of acceptable answers to that question. NFL.com recently released a top-five list, in which it has the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers as the greatest college football team of all time. Here is a look at NFL.com’s rankings. [ MORE: Your team’s 2014 must-win game ] *1. 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers 2. 1972 USC Trojans 3. 2001

Dienhart: Your team's 2014 cupcake game

Pretty much every team has one game on its schedule that can be viewed as a “cupcake.” Now, that doesn’t mean the team is guaranteed to roll to victory – or even win the game. There’s always the chance a team pulls an upset. That said, here is my easiest game for every Big Ten team. [ MORE: Must-win games | Best chance to pull upset | Rugged stretches ] ILLINOIS A season-opening visit from FCS Youngstown State should offer the chance to shake those orange and blue pom-pons fast and furiously. But don’t take the Penguins too lightly. This

Best of Week 11: Urban Meyer vs. Mark Dantonio Part III

Ohio State’s trip to Michigan State could be the game of the year in the Big Ten, as both schools look like the favorites to win the conference crown. They met in the Big Ten title game last season, with the Spartans dumping the Buckeyes to earn their first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1987 season and end OSU’s 24-game winning streak and national championship hopes. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 11. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 11 Interesting factoid: In a bit of scheduling quirk, this

Athlon Sports preseason 2014 All-Big Ten teams

Can you smell it in the air Big Ten fans? The 2014 college football season is just around the corner. Our friends over at Athlon Sports recently released their 2014 Big Ten Football All-Conference teams. Big-time names such as Braxton Miller, Melvin Gordon and Shilique Calhoun highlight the list, which consists of first, second, third and fourth All-Big Ten teams, as well as a team-by-team breakdown of players selected. Without further ado, here is a look at the teams and some instant thoughts on the picks. [ MORE: Dienhart: Your team’s 2014 must-win game ] First-Team Offense QB Braxton Miller,

Best of Week 10: Calendar flips to November

The calendar now says “November.” And, as coaches are known to say: “November is when they play the games to remember.” But this Saturday lacks any apparent marquee games, although that could change depending on how things unfold. Looking at you, Northwestern at Iowa. Here’s a look at the best of Week 10. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 10 Best storyline: Purdue will be making its first trip to Lincoln, Nebraska—and one of Bo Perini’s best teams will be waiting. The Cornhuskers smashed Purdue last season in West Lafayette, taking a 44-7

BTN to air 'Journey' marathon Friday

CHICAGO – BTN is dedicating the entire day of programing Friday to The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013 by replaying all 12 episodes. Memorable segments include Michigan State defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun’s path to East Lansing, the family backgrounds of former Iowa linebacker James Morris and former Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, and the Spartans’ locker room celebration after winning the Big Ten title game. On Sunday, for the first time in network history, BTN is doing “Heisman Day” as a way of showcasing some of the Big Ten’s all-time greats. Fans can enjoy Father’s Day with a mix of

Best of Week 9: It's Michigan at Michigan State

Two interesting clashes make this Saturday appealing, as Michigan plays at Michigan State and Ohio State goes to Penn State in a light week of action. Despite the presence of just five games, the heft of those aforementioned contests makes this a good week, as the Big Ten East race will start to take form. Here’s my best of Week 9. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 9 Best storyline: The Michigan at Michigan State game will be juicy. No doubt, the Wolverines will be looking for payback after getting throttled by Michigan

Best of Week 7: PSU-Michigan, under the lights

This is a light week of action with just five games—all Big Ten affairs–as four schools are off. But there are several good games, headlined by Penn State’s trip to Michigan. And the winner of the Northwestern-Minnesota game figures to be set up for a run at the division title. Here’s a breakdown of the Best of Week 7. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 7 Best storyline: Penn State and Michigan headlines this Saturday, as they will engage in a key East Division clash. Neither is expected to win the division, but