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2016 Football Forecast: Our writer's Big Ten West prediction

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field before the Big Ten Conference football championship game against the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

C.J. Beathard throws long TD in Big Ten title game

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After making an early prediction for the order of finish in the Big Ten East for the fall of 2016, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart gives his take on how he thinks the Big Ten West will wind up. Lots can happen between now and then, including developments from national signing day and spring football. Have a look at Dienhart’s early outlook and rank the teams your way, too.

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Tom Dienhart's Top 5 players to replace: Minnesota Gophers

Minnesota at Nebraska

Relive Minnesota CB Boddy-Calhoun's pick-six

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In the latest of my stories examining the key departures from each football team, I take a look at Minnesota. Under new coach Tracy Claeys, who took over last year after Jerry Kill abruptly retired due to health concerns, the program is on solid footing with a bowl appearance in each of the last four seasons.

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