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Alvarez, Osborne named to Playoff Selection Committee

The College Football Playoff announced Wednesday the 13 members of its selection committee that will pick the four teams to participate in a coming playoff in 2014. Selection committee members with Big Ten ties are Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez and former Nebraska A.D. Tom Osborne. Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long is the chair of the committee. [ MORE: College Football Playoff announces Selection Committee (PDF) ] “We wanted people of the highest integrity for this committee, and we got them,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. “Every one of them has vast football knowledge, excellent judgment, dedication

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Dienhart: 2018-19 football schedule analysis

The Big Ten announced Wednesday its conference schedules for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. And there are some good cross-division games. In making league schedules, the Big Ten earlier stated that it would take a “parity-based” approach. What’s that? The marquee programs will play each other outside of division play as often as possible. [ MORE: View 2018 conference schedule (PDF) | And 2019 conference schedule (PDF) ] And, remember, with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers in 2014, the Big Ten is going to seven-team East and West Divisions. Here’s a look at the divisions: BIG TEN EAST Indiana

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Is it too early to break down Legends race?

We knew it was going to be a wild Legends Division race, and it’s lived up to the hype. Every team has played two Big Ten games, with the results yielding a pair of 2-0, 1-1 and 0-2 teams. The preseason contenders with the favorable schedules, Michigan State and Nebraska, are off to perfect starts, while the preseason contenders with the unfavorable schedules, Michigan and Northwestern, check in at 1-1 and 0-2, respectively. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart answers Legends Division questions in his Mailbag ] So, is the four-team race now a two-teamer? Not yet. The Huskers and Spartans may

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Dienhart: Check out my All-Big Ten Midseason Team

Seven weeks down, seven weeks to go. At the midway point of the 2013 Big Ten football season, it’s time to release my All-Big Ten Midseason Team. I also did a midseason report. See who made my midseason team in this post. OFFENSE WR Allen Robinson, Penn State WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin TE Devin Funchess, Michigan C Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern G Ryan Groy, Wisconsin G Spencer Long, Nebraska T Taylor Lewan, Michigan T Jack Mewhort, Ohio State QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin DEFENSE E Tyler Scott, Northwestern E Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

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Player Rankings: Pair of Badgers top latest list

It’s a new week, which means it’s time to release my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. This week, a pair of Badgers top the list following standout performances in the team’s rout over Northwestern. View my latest Big Ten Player Rankings in this post. Who did I miss? [ MORE: Power Rankings | Week 7 grades & honors | What did Tom learn? | Week 7 picks revisited ] 1. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. Here’s all you need to know about Gordon: His yard-per-carry is under 10 for the first time this season. In case you forgot, we’re heading into

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Dienhart: Here's my Big Ten midseason report

The days are growing shorter, as Halloween draws nearer. It all means one thing: We are at the midseason point of the season. Here’s a look back at what we’ve experienced so far in the 2013 season—and a look ahead at what’s about to come in the season-defining home stretch. [ MORE: See who made Tom’s All-Big Ten Midseason Team ] SUPERLATIVE WINNERS OF THE FIRST HALF Offensive Player of the First Half: Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin. He came into the season with 719 career rushing yards. The sophomore paces the Big Ten with 870 this season, averaging a nifty

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Bowl Projections: Ohio State down to Rose Bowl

I’m finally gonna acquiesce to the notion that Ohio State faces a challenge to get to the BCS title game. Yes, the Buckeyes have a great shot to go unbeaten. But that may not be enough for OSU to finish No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings, as teams like Alabama, Oregon and Clemson are primed to likely finish ahead of Ohio State if they remain unbeaten. So, I’m moving the Buckeyes from the BCS title game to the Rose Bowl. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Week 7 grades & honors | What did Tom learn? |

How did we do? Week 7 Big Ten picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 8, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 7 Big Ten predictions. Brent Yarina and Stephen Bardo both went 4-0 to move into a first-place tie with Sean Merriman, while Big Ten fans went 2-2. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What Tom Learned in Week 7 | Week 7 honors, grades & more ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 49-10 Week 7 record: 3-1 Week 7 picks: Michigan State 31, Indiana 17; Nebraska 42, Purdue 17, Wisconsin 38, Northwestern 35, Michigan 31, Penn State

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Power Rankings: Wisconsin makes big leap

Another week, more changes to my power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan State were the big winners, as the Badgers went from No. 4 to No. 2, the Cornhuskers from No. 5 to No. 3 and the Spartans from No. 6 to No. 4. Penn State is also up. Week Seven wasn’t so kind to Northwestern, which dropped from No. 2 to No. 6. [ MORE: Dienhart: Penn State-Michigan game was one for the ages ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (6-0, 2-0). The Buckeyes are riding an 18-game winning streak, the longest in the

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 7

There were only four Big Ten games on Saturday, but there still was a lot to learn. Wisconsin is good—very good. Purdue? Not so good. Nebraska is sitting pretty. Penn State has life. Northwestern may be on the edge. Oh, and Michigan is a team of mystery. Here’s what I learned. [ MORE: Tom’s Take: Week 7 honors, grades, top 10 & more ] 1. Michigan State is looking scarier and scarier. The Spartan offense came alive in last week’s 26-14 win at Iowa (412 yards). And it showed even more spunk in a 42-28 win vs. Indiana today (473