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Oct 17, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El (15) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Cornhuskers won 48-25. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

What is the must-win game for all 14 Big Ten teams?

Every schedule has one—a must-win game. Look. You’ll find one. It’s a game that you feel your school MUST WIN if it wants to have a successful season. It can’t slip up. Victory must be accomplished. [ MORE: View Tom Dienhart’s 2016 Ultimate Big Ten Road Trip ] Well, I perused each 2016 Big Ten schedule. And here is my “must win” game for each school. Illinois: vs. Purdue. If the Fighting Illini want any shot at a bowl game, they must win their Big Ten opener on Oct. 8. Big Ten victories will be difficult to come by. And

Nov 21, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Matt VandeBerg (89) dives in for the touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers during the second quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

BTN.com’s top 100 Big Ten football players entering 2016: 80-61

Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season continues with players 80-61. If you missed it Tuesday, here’s our list of 100-81. View the second installment of our five-part series below. 80. P Cam Johnston, Ohio State. The Aussie was No. 2 in the Big Ten in punting in 2015, averaging 43.9 yards on 58 boots. He’s a nice weapon to have when the offense bogs down. 79. LB Nyeem Wartman-White, Penn State. Wartman-White is fully recovered from last year’s season-ending knee injury, and, assuming he regains his starting role in the middle, he should be

Nov 21, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Michigan State Spartans place kicker Michael Geiger (4) is interviewed after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Michigan State won the game 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

BTN.com's top 100 Big Ten football players entering 2016: 100-81

It’s getting closer, Big Ten fans. In fact, kickoff is a little more than a month away. To help pass some of the time before Minnesota opens the Big Ten slate vs. Oregon State and former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen on Thursday, Sept. 1, BTN.com decided to release its top 100 players entering 2016. We’re breaking this countdown into five parts: 100-81 (today); 80-61 (Wednesday); 60-41 (Thursday); 40-21 (Friday); 20-1 (Monday). View the first installment below. 100. K Michael Geiger, Michigan State. One of the top returning kickers in the Big Ten, Geiger is known for his game-winning kick against

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines safety Delano Hill (44) greets fans before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

View Tom Dienhart’s 2016 Ultimate Big Ten Football Road Trip

If time and money weren’t issues, which Big Ten games would you want to attend this season? Let me help you out. I have built the ultimate Big Ten itinerary for 2016, identifying what I feel will be the biggest game in each of the 13 weeks of the upcoming season. You’re welcome. [ MORE: Relive Tom Dienhart’s 2015 ultimate roadtrip | And 2014 ] Now, pack your Zubaz, tank top, flip flops, bucket hat and Red Bull … and let’s go! Week 1, Sept. 3: Wisconsin vs. LSU (Green Bay, Wis.). No Big Ten team has a more daunting

BTN kicks off the 2016 season with live coverage of Big Ten Football Media Days

BTN and BTN2Go will provide more than 13 hours of live coverage at Big Ten Football Media Days in 2016. Coverage will include the press conferences of all 14 Big Ten head football coaches, as well as remarks by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. From 1 p.m. ET through 3 p.m. ET on Monday, July 25, BTN will televise remarks from Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Darrell Hazell (Purdue), Chris Ash (Rutgers), James Franklin (Penn State), Tracy Claeys (Minnesota), Mike Riley (Nebraska) and Jim Harbaugh (Michigan). Immediately afterward, from 3 p.m. ET – 7 p.m. ET, the coaches and their students will

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Madre London (28) is brought down by Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Desmond King (14) during the fourth quarter in the Big Ten Conference football championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

16 Big Ten players land on SI 'Top 100 College Football players'

It’s that time of year when fun-filled college football lists flow through your Twitter timeline like running water. Tuesday, Sports Illustrated finalist its list of the Top 100 Players in College Football. A total of 16 Big Ten players were included on the list, highlighted by Michigan CB/LB Jabrill Peppers at No. 5 and Iowa’s DB Desmond King at No. 7 overall. Michigan defensive back Jourdan Lewis (14) and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett round out the list of Big Ten players in the Top 20. Who get’s your vote for the top Big Ten player this year? Tweet me

Dienhart: Ranking the Big Ten's top 10 offensive linemen

Football is won in the trenches. Without a good line, an offense has little chance for success—no matter how many five-star running backs are on the roster. [ MORE: Top 7 quarterbacks | Top 10 wide receivers | Top 10 running backs | Full unit rankings ] And no one in the Big Ten is better at getting a push than Ohio State’s Pat Elflein. He heads my list of the top 10 offensive linemen in the Big Ten. 1. Pat Elflein, G, Ohio State, Sr. He eschewed a chance to turn pro to be the anchor of a rebuilt

Oct 31, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Desmond King (14) returns an interception 88 yards for a touchdown during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 31-15. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: Big Ten West defensive backfield unit rankings

No Big Ten team will have a better DB than Iowa corner Desmond King, who won the Thorpe Award. But instead of turning pro coming off that season of glory, King opted to return to Iowa City. And that’s a big reason why the Hawkeyes top my ranking of Big Ten West defensive backfields. [ MORE: West offensive lines | West pass-catchers | West backfields | West defensive lines | West linebackers | West predictions ] See my full ranking below. 1. Iowa. This could be the top secondary in the Big Ten. Senior corner Desmond King eschewed the NFL