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Week 12 preview: Big-time Legends Division games

I’m continuing my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule, and it’s all about Week 12 today. This Saturday’s slate of games is heavy at the top, with big-time Legends Division matchups between Michigan-Northwestern and Michigan State-Nebraska. Get all my Week 12 storylines, top matchups and game rankings in this post. [ MORE: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 ] Game of the week: Michigan at Northwestern. To have a good shot

B1G to face Pac-12 in Kraft Fight Hunger, Holiday bowls

The Big Ten announced six-year bowl partnerships with the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and Holiday Bowl on Monday. Check out the official releases on both bowls in this post. KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL Two of college football’s premier conferences, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten, will face each other in the Bay Area’s post-season bowl game beginning in 2014. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl today announced six-year agreements that will establish a new partnership with the Big Ten and significantly improve the Bowl’s selection rights in the Pac-12. Both pacts will run from 2014 through 2019. Effective with the new

Week 9 preview: Penn State at Ohio State sounds nice

I’m continuing my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule, and it’s all about Week 9 today. This week features only four games, highlighted by Penn State’s trip to Ohio State. Get all my Week 9 storylines, top matchups and game rankings in this post. [ RELATED: Week 1 preview | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 ] Game of the week: Penn State at Ohio State. The Nittany Lions have to be dreading the trip to Ohio State to play an OSU team

Dienhart: Most 'Hard Knocks' worthy Big Ten teams

HBO recently announced that the Cincinnati Bengals will be the subject of this year’s edition of Hard Knocks. Yawn. The Bengals were featured on the program in 2009. An encore? For the … Bengals? And you thought “Caddyshack II” stunk. If it’s this difficult to get fresh teams, then I say punt the “Hard Knocks” series. Besides, how many times can we watch some poor sap get cut? Still, this got me thinking: Which Big Ten teams would provide the most entertainment and lead to the most intrigue if BTN produced a similar training camp series? Here are the six

Week 8 preview: Will one of these matchups surprise?

Next up in my super-early week-by-week preview of the 2013 Big Ten football schedule: Week 8. This is a week light on marquee matchups, with predicted Big Ten title contenders Michigan and Ohio State taking on Indiana and Iowa, respectively, and Nebraska and Penn State on byes. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 8 in this post. [ RELATED: Week 1 preview | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 ] Game of the week: Minnesota’s trip to Northwestern could be interesting. Yes, this could

Ohio State's Tom Herman: 'We just keep plugging away'

Now comes the tough part for Ohio State: The encore to a 12-0 debut under Urban Meyer. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman knows his attack must continue to evolve if the Buckeyes are going to follow up last year’s wild success and fulfill grand expectations for 2013 that have some predicting OSU to go to the BCS title game. Herman’s first year was a success. Using personnel not recruited to run the spread, the Buckeyes led the Big Ten in scoring (37.2 ppg) and ranked No. 3 in total offense (423.8 ypg). Credit Herman, a bright mind who one day will

Debate It: 2013 Big Ten Quarterback of the Year?

In its short two-year existence, the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year has been very kind to its recipients. The inaugural winner, Russell Wilson, went on to have an All-Pro NFL rookie season, and last year’s winner, Braxton Miller, is a preseason Heisman Trophy favorite. Not bad, huh? Who will have the good fortune of taking home the hardware this season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post. Previous Griese-Brees Winners 2011: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin 2012: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State Tom: Not much of an argument about the top two spots. It’s Ohio State’s Braxton

Dienhart: Ranking 2013 Big Ten noncon schedules

Schedule strength will become more vital beginning in 2014, when the four-team playoff is started. Why? Because a major component of the playoff team selection process figures to be schedule strength. So, cupcakes are on the way out. But, until then, many remain. Just look at the non-conference schedules. Here is my ranking of the Big Ten non-conference schedules. [ MORE: Week  1 preview | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13

Debate It: 2013 Defensive Player of the Year?

Here’s what we know: There will be no repeat winner for the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year. Last year’s winner, John Simon, is in the NFL, leaving a pool of worthy candidates to fight for the award now in its third year. Who’s the top candidate entering the season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post. Previous Nagurski-Woodson Winners 2011: Devon Still, DT, Penn State 2012: John Simon, DE, Ohio State Tom: The preseason favorite has to be the best player off what could be the Big Ten’s best defense (sorry, Michigan State): Ohio State linebacker

Debate It: 2013 Offensive Player of the Year?

Braxton Miller is kind of good. We all saw what he did a season ago in his first year under Urban Meyer, and it all resulted in the 2012 Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year. Back under center as a junior, Miller is the favorite to repeat in 2013. Will he do it? Who are his biggest competitors? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post. Previous Graham-George Winners 2011: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin 2012: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State Tom: This is a no-brainer. Miller is the clear favorite. In fact, it isn’t even close. He won