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BTN announces first three weeks of 2017 football schedule

BTN today announced its schedule for the first three weeks of the 2017 college football season, featuring 16 non-conference matchups that include the defending Big Ten Champion Penn State Nittany Lions as well as Michigan and Wisconsin teams that finished last season ranked in the Associated Press top 10. BTN kicks off the season on Thursday, August 31, at 7 p.m. ET when P.J. Fleck and the Minnesota Golden Gophers host Buffalo at TCF Bank Field. Four games follow on Saturday, Sept. 2, including a matchup between Iowa and Wyoming that will pit Butkus Award finalist Josey Jewell and the

Best of Week 8: Michigan at Penn State will be a big one

Six games dot the docket as the season inches toward the midway point. And all eyes will be on Michigan’s trip to Penn State in a huge East Division tilt. The Wolverines have won the last three meetings vs. the Nittany Lions, including a 28-16 victory in Beaver Stadium in 2015.

Best of Week 7: Ohio State visits Nebraska in interdivision clash

A slate of six games looms on this Saturday. And there is some marquee appeal. At the top of the list is Ohio State’s trip to Nebraska. Northwestern’s game at Maryland also is interesting. NU may be the top team in the West, while the Terps are on the rise and looking to make a statement.

Best of Week 6: Welcome to Jim Harbaugh-Mark Dantonio week

Week 6 offers up some interesting tilts, including a big rivalry game with Michigan State playing at Michigan. But there are two other very compelling games, headlined by Wisconsin playing at Nebraska. And keep an eye on the Penn State at Northwestern contest.

Best of Week 5: Never underestimate the Northwestern-Wisconsin rivalry

There isn’t an abundance of pizzazz on a six-game slate this week that includes a Friday night tilt pitting Nebraska at Illinois. The unquestioned top game is Northwestern at Wisconsin in a game between arguably the top two teams in the Big Ten West.

Best of Week 1: Plenty of enticing matchups to open 2017 season

The first week kicks off with a bang with 13 games, including Ohio State at Indiana on Thursday night, involving all 14 teams. And there are several great clashes to whet the appetite and set the table for 2017.

Dienhart: These junior college transfers will help Big Ten teams

A coach never wants to build a program around junior college players. But they can be valuable to help fill in gaps on a roster, especially during the building process. And the Big Ten will feature several interesting JC transfers. Here are the schools that figure to be impacted the most by junior college transfers this fall. ILLINOIS The Fighting Illini are counting on Del’Shawn Phillips from NJCAA champion Garden City CC to start at a linebacker spot. And Phillips’ teammate, QB Dwayne Lawson, is verbally committed but needs to get his associates degree at Garden City this summer to

Post-spring position check: Top Big Ten backup QBs

Injuries and attrition happen in college football, and nowhere is the impact more significant than under center. Tom Dienhart looks at the Big Ten's best backup situations at QB.

2017 football schedule analysis: Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State made the playoff for the second time in three years last season. But the Buckeyes want more in 2017. OSU didn’t win the Big Ten last year. Heck, the Buckeyes didn’t even win the East Division. But Ohio State still landed a playoff berth—and then got embarrassed by Clemson.