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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten football all year. Check out these links:

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Dienhart: Here's a look back at Rutgers' 2015 season

The 2015 campaign was filled with tumult for Rutgers. In August, it was revealed that Kyle Flood had improper contact with a professor concerning the course work of a player. He subsequently was suspended for three games after an investigation. Flood also came under fire after several players ran afoul of the law. In all, six players were dismissed from the team after a string of arrests. Even star WR Leontee Carroo missed time after an arrest. On the field, RU was done in by spotty quarterback play, an offensive line that lacked consistency and a defense that ranked No.

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Purdue's 2015 season

Saturdays in the fall in West Lafayette are long, as Darrell Hazell can’t seem to flip a losing script. He now stands 6-30 in three seasons. And three of those victories have been vs. FCS programs. How many Big Ten wins does Hazell have? Two, against 22 losses. And the defeats are often lopsided. Is progress being made? Are players being developed after they arrive? There is a lack of dynamic playmakers across the board. And then there is the quarterback position where Hazell has switched signal-callers during the season each of his three years. Purdue is desperate for stability under center.

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Penn State's 2015 season

Penn State remains a work in progress, but James Franklin continues to make progress in his second season. He has the program in a bowl for a second season in a row. But personnel shortcomings are apparent as the effects of probation are still being felt from a depth standpoint. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The offensive line remains an issue, as the front is unable to get a consistent

Ten former Big Ten players make 2016 NFL Pro Bowl

Ten former Big Ten players, not including ex-Nebraska punter Sam Koch (2001-05), were named to the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, it was announced Tuesday night. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten pros coverage ] Former Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson, who recently announced he will retire at season’s end, will make his ninth Pro Bowl appearance to highlight the Big Ten names. Wisconsin paces the conference with four players, including all-world defensive end J.J. Watt and white-hot quarterback Russell Wilson. The Pro Bowl is at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. See

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Ohio State's 2015 season

As the defending national champion, Ohio State entered 2015 with a big target on its back. Adding to the pressure was a unanimous preseason No. 1 ranking. The Buckeyes were the hunted. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] How would they respond in Urban Meyer’s fourth season in Columbus? Pretty well. OSU ripped off win after win en route to starting 10-0 vs. a schedule that was less than impressive before

Big Ten football beat writers pick players to watch in 2016

With the 2015 college football regular season complete and the start of Big Ten bowl season less than a week away, it’s time to relive the season from the perspective of Big Ten beat writers. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] BTN.com recently asked a beat writer for every team to answer the same four questions, as part of our annual beat writers’ season recap. Today’s final topic: Players to watch

Big Ten Mailbag: C.J. Beathard, OSU defense, Purdue hoops & more

It’s that time of the week when I reach into my Big Ten Mailbag. And with basketball season heating up, hoops emails have started to hit my inbox. Can anyone catch Michigan State? Is Purdue OK? There are football questions, too. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] You say that Iowa QB C.J. Beathard did not “wow.” What? He did pretty darn well. He was second in completion percentage. And he