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Dienhart: Pacific Pro Football, and its possible impact on Big Ten

Say “hello” to the Pacific Pro Football. What is that, you say? It’s a new professional league that will launch in 2018. Its intent: To develop players, not compete with the NFL. The great Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! detailed the fledgling league.

Power Rankings: Purdue takes No. 1 spot, Minnesota jumps to No. 3

It's Monday, and that means it's time for me to release my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Spoiler: There's a new No. 1 (Purdue), while Northwestern and surging Minnesota are the biggest risers.

Big Ten Whiteboard: Ready for Minnesota-Michigan State rematch?

Just two weeks into the conference season, and every Big Ten team has at least one league loss. And there are four teams atop the conference standings with 3-1 marks: Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin. Here's a look-ahead to the third week of Big Ten play.

Tom Dienhart's early look at the Big Ten West Division in 2017

I've taken a look at how I think the Big Ten East may play out in 2017. Now, let's examine the Big Ten West. Can anyone dethrone Wisconsin? Could Nebraska be a sleeper team? Does Iowa have life without QB C.J. Beathard?

Minnesota edges Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena, 70-66

Minnesota edged Northwestern on the road Thursdsay, 70-66, behind 17 points from Amir Coffey. The loss was the second consecutive defeat for Northwestern, while the Gophers have built on their fantastic early-season record with back-to-back wins.