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Unit Rankings: OSU headlines Big Ten East offensive backfield list

The Big Ten East is home to two of the conference’s top backfields at Ohio State and Michigan State. In fact, the Buckeye backfield may be the best in the nation. Quarterback issues loom at Michigan, Rutgers and Maryland, while Penn State, Indiana, Michigan and MSU need to solidify their running back spots. [ MORE: East OL | West OL | East WR/TE | West WR/TE ] Here is a ranking of the Big Ten East backfields. 1. Ohio State. Loaded. In fact, this may be the best backfield in the nation. It begins with running back Ezekiel Elliott, a

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Best of Week 9: Jim Harbaugh vs. Jerry Kill highlights the slate

Trick or treat! This is an abbreviated schedule with just five games on the slate. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 ] Minnesota beat Michigan for the Little Brown Jug last season for the first time since 2005 and just the fourth time since 1967. The last time the Gophers won two in a row vs. the Wolverines? It was when Minnesota won four meetings in succession from 1960-63. Penn State is 14-4 vs. Illinois since joining the Big

Penn State Fumble Recovery

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Penn State's 2008 comeback win at Ohio State

Over the next month, BTN will profile 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014. Tonight’s game is a top-10 conference matchup, which took place back in 2008 and featured No. 3 Penn State at No. 9 Ohio State. The game will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. With Daryll Clark on the sideline and Penn State trailing midway through the fourth quarter, backup Pat Devlin led the Nittany Lions on two late scoring drives, including a one-yard touchdown run with just over six minutes left to go up 10-6. Penn State went on to add a late field goal

Western Michigan at Purdue

Purdue quarterback Danny Etling granted release from school

Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell announced that junior quarterback Danny Etling has asked for and been granted a release. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s Purdue schedule analysis ] “We appreciate all the hard work and dedication that Danny has put into the Purdue program,” Hazell said. “We wish him nothing but the best in his future both on and off the football field.” Etling appeared in 13 games for the Boilermakers over the past two seasons, making 12 starts. He passed for 2,490 yards, had a 55.5 completion percentage (238-429) and threw 16 touchdown passes. Read more at

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Ohio State highlights Athlon Sports' preseason All-Big Ten Team

Pretty much any preseason college football writeup is going to favor Ohio State. Athlon Sports’ early 2015 All-Big Ten Team is no exception. [ MORE: How many Big Ten stars made Phil Steele’s All-American Team? ] The reigning national champs have 19 players listed on the publication’s four teams, released Thursday, including nine (4 offense; 5 defense) first-teamers. Running back Ezekiel Elliott and defensive end Joey Bosa highlight the Buckeyes’ selections. Those two deserve to make every Big Ten first team, no matter the outlet. As expected, fellow Big Ten East power Michigan State has the second-most players (11), including

Maryland Penn State Handshake

Best of Week 8: Maryland vs. Penn State should be fun again

A very abbreviated week of action with just five games. Why? Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Michigan all are off. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6  | Week 7 ] Maryland and Penn State have a burgeoning rivalry. And last year’s meeting in State College helped fuel it. Maryland was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty before kickoff when its three captains refused to shake the hands of the three Nittany Lion captains gathered at midfield for the game’s coin toss. Maryland went on to

Big Ten links: Purdue quarterbacks, Caleb Swanigan impact & more

Quarterback play has been an issue for Purdue for a few seasons. Who is the best option in 2015? Austin Appleby? Danny Etling? David Blough? Elijah Sindelar? Would Darrell Hazell consider a rotation? “No,” said Hazell. “No. Absolutely not.” Appleby figures to be the guy, but he may be little more than “pedestrian.” Ditto Etling. Would the staff have the guts to turn over the reins to a greenhorn like redshirt freshman Blough or true freshman Sindelar? I have my doubts, seeing as how this is a critical season for Hazell who needs to produce more in his third season