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Dienhart: Ranking 2012 Big Ten games Part V

My ranking of all 96 2012 Big Ten football games has reached the finish line. It was a fun journey (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV), but now it’s time to take a look at the season’s top 20 games. Here’s an interesting fact: nine of the top 10 games involve a team from the state of Michigan. But which one is No. 1? Find out in this post. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. 1. Michigan at

Big Ten, Pac-12 to suspend scheduling plan

(AP) The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced Friday that they were scrapping plans to schedule games against each other in all sports, with Pac-12 officials saying there were too many complications with football schedules to pull it off. The leagues had agreed to the partnership in December, well before a four-team football playoff set to begin in 2014 was approved by a committee of university presidents last month. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said the league recently learned from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott that coordinating a non-conference football schedule for 24 teams across two leagues by 2017 proved to be

Track 2012 NCFAA preseason award watch lists

Members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) have begun unveiling their preseason watch lists, a process that will go through Friday, July 20. In all, 15 of the nation’s top 21 awards will release a watch list. See the official lists in this post. Mon., July 9 Maxwell Award | @MaxwellFootball – Presented to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club Big Ten candidates: James Vandenberg, Iowa; Denard Robinson, Michigan; Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan; Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State; Rex Burkhead, Nebraska; Braxton Miller, Ohio State; Silas Redd, Penn State; Montee Ball, Wisconsin. Bednarik Award |

Dienhart: Q&A with Nebraska OC Tim Beck

The numbers last year for the Nebraska offense were decent. The Cornhuskers ranked fifth in the Big Ten in total offense (379.9 ypg); third in rushing (217.2 ypg); fourth in scoring (29.2 ppg) during a 9-4 season. The number that wasn’t so pretty? Passing, as Nebraska ranked 10th in the Big Ten (162.7 ypg). Only two schools (Penn State and Minnesota with 10 apiece) threw fewer touchdown passes than the Huskers’ 13 in 2011. Coordinator Tim Beck knows that. And he knows the overall numbers can be better. More to the point: Beck hears the calls for the Husker aerial

Dienhart: Ranking 2012 Big Ten games Part IV

Another day, another step closer to the finale of my countdown of the top 2012 Big Ten football games. Today, I’m looking at games 21-39. And tomorrow, of course, it will 1-20. Which game will be No. 1? You’ll have to wait. Earlier this week, I did games 40-59, 60-79 and 80-96. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. 21. Wisconsin at Penn State, Nov. 24. The Nittany Lions may be fighting for bowl eligibility under first-year coach Bill O’Brien, while

Big Ten releases names to attend Kickoff Luncheon

On Wednesday afternoon, the Big Ten Conference released the list of student-athletes who will attend the 2012 Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Three players from every team will be in attendance, as well as all 12 head coaches. See the complete list of players in this post. LEGENDS DIVISION IOWA James Ferentz, Sr., C* Micah Hyde, Sr., DB* James Vandenberg, Sr., QB MICHIGAN Jordan Kovacs, Sr., S* Taylor Lewan, Jr., OT* Denard Robinson, Sr., QB* MICHIGAN STATE Max Bullough, Jr., LB* Andrew

Dienhart: 12 Newcomers to watch in 2012

Every season, there are fresh faces that make impacts–true freshmen, redshirt freshmen, transfers from four-year schools, junior-college transfers. And often times, the newcomers seemingly come out of nowhere to make big impacts. Perfect example: Lavonte David two seasons ago. Following is a look at one newcomer from each Big Ten team who has a good chance to make a significant impact this season. Consider this your chance to learn about these guys now. ILLINOIS Josh Ferguson, RB – The diminutive redshirt freshman (5-10, 180) has a burst and extra giddy-up that make him a threat to score each time he

Big Ten Mascots Join "Call Me Maybe" Craze

The video view counter on YouTube suggests that many of you have seen the variety of video spoofs of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” video. There was the Harvard baseball team, the SMU rowing team, and the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. Even Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster got in on the act with his own distinct cookie-related twist. You can now count a handful of Big Ten mascots as inspired fans of the song, too. A sharp-eyed reader spotted this video posted on the YouTube channel for The Real Sparty, which is run by the Michigan State Student Alumni Foundation. If

Dienhart: Ranking 2012 Big Ten games Part III

The countdown of my top 2012 Big Ten football games continues with games 40-59. That’s right, I’m ranking all the Big Ten games for this upcoming season. Yesterday, I did games 60-79, and the day before it was 80-96. I’ll continue to work my way to the top games each of the next two days. Like rankings like this? You need to check out my Rankings archive, where I rank all things Big Ten, including my top 2012 Big Ten units. Also, get all my latest Big Ten football posts right here. 40. Purdue at Notre Dame, Sept. 8: Notre

NCAA Football 13's top 10 Big Ten players senior writer Tom Dienhart scribes a weekly Big Ten player rankings post during the college football season, and it’s a popular fall staple. Well, with the highly anticipated release of NCAA Football 13, we have a different kind of Big Ten player ranking for you. This one comes straight from the game’s top overall players. See its top 10 rated Big Ten players in this post. 1. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin – 98 rating T-2. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue – 95 T-2. Silas Redd, RB, Penn State – 95 4. Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin – 94 T-5. Travis Frederick,