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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

View the 2017 All-Big Ten Baseball Teams & award winners

The 2017 All-Big Ten baseball teams and award winners, as selected by the conference coaches, were released Tuesday. Iowa’s Jake Adams was named the unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year and was the lone unanimous first-teamer. See the full team inside.

2017 football schedule analysis: Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin and Paul Chryst are thinking big again, looking to defend their Big Ten West title. And the Cotton Bowl champs have the weapons to accomplish the feat. But there is a new dynamic: Chryst will be on his third defensive coordinator in three years, as he promoted defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard to take over what has been one of the top defenses in the nation in recent years. Still, there is a lot to work with in Madison, including veteran talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Challenges loom on the schedule. Here is a

Post-spring position check: Top Big Ten kickers

With spring practices finished, schools are focusing on offseason work before fall camp kicks off. Some positions are in better shape than others for certain schools. Let’s take a look at the seven schools in the best shape at kicker.