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Schedule Analysis: Boilers face tough slate

Purdue's Akeem Hunt

Purdue Spring Game Highlights

First-year coach Darrell Hazell has his work cut out for him, playing arguably the toughest schedule in the Big Ten. There is no more challenging non-conference schedule in the conference, with a trip to Big East co-champ Cincinnati and home games vs. Notre Dame (BCS title game) and Northern Illinois (Orange Bowl). Getting one Big Ten road victory may be a difficult proposition, too. Bottom line: A 1-6 start isn’t out of the question.

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Photo: Michigan footballs dislike Ohio State, too

If any school other than Michigan put “Made in USA, Not in Ohio” on a football, it would probably go ignored. But when Michigan does it, you better believe, people will talk about it. Michigan redshirt freshman Bo Dever tweeted the picture above of a football that includes the aforementioned phrase stamped on it.

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Photo: Badgers' Gary Andersen works at Culver's

Gary Andersen continues to win over Wisconsin fans. Today, the first-year football coach was grilling and hand delivering butter burgers at a local Culver’s. It was all part of Wisconsin’s “Day of Giving,” with all proceeds going to Badger Honor Flight, which according to @BadgerFootball, pays to fly vets to memorials in Washington D.C.

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Yarina: My top 5 Big Ten football breakout players

Nebraska vs Wisconsin

Melvin Gordon 56-Yard TD Run vs. Nebraska - Football Championship

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

This time of year, it’s always fun to look at the rosters and try to pick out the conference’s breakout stars. A year ago, if you had your eye on, say, Venric Mark, Allen Robinson, Jake Ryan or Ryan Shazier, you hit it out of the park. It’s time to go out on a limb and offer my top five candidates for who will go from an under-the-radar player to a household name in 2013.

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