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Mark Rudner Q&A: Big Ten set to embark on new bowl era

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The Big Ten soon will embark on a new bowl era following some big changes to its postseason structure. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart talked to Big Ten Senior Associate Commissioner Mark Rudner about the conference’s new bowls and how the process for placing teams has changed.

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John Papuchis Q&A: 'We have a very talented group'

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Randy Gregory Interception Touchdown

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Nebraska has been looking for a consistently strong defense the last three years. Well, the Cornhuskers finally may have one. In fact, Nebraska may have one of the best defenses in the Big Ten this fall. The unit has teased in recent years while also suffering some big meltdowns.

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John Shoop Q&A: 'We have competition at every spot'

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Danny Anthrop Scores for Black

There is only one way for the Purdue offense to go after last season: up. That’s good news for coordinator John Shoop. He isn’t dwelling on the past. He’s trying to learn from it and move forward. Negativity won’t help. Positivity will. And Shoop emotes good thoughts.

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Andy Ludwig Q&A: Stave, McEvoy race is 'real competitive'

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Stave Hits Duckworth for the 20-Yard TD

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There are no real secrets about the Wisconsin offense: It wants to run the ball. Then run it some more. And some more. It usually always works with backs like Melvin Gordon and a monster line. Coordinator Andy Ludwig knows that. But he continues to tweak an attack that last year ranked No. 3 overall in the Big Ten in scoring (34.8 ppg) and No. 3 overall (480.8 ypg).

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Greg Hudson Q&A: 'We have to do better on first down'

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Purdue Spring Game Highlights

The hits just kept on coming for the Purdue defense last season en route to one of the worst performances in school history and a 1-11 record. The final numbers weren’t pretty: 38.0 points per game (111th in the nation); 235.4 rushing yards per game (114); 224.5 passing yards per game (55th); 459.9 yards per game (104th).

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Matt Limegrover Q&A: Mitch Leidner has 'it' factor

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Maxx Williams 7-Yard Touchdown

The Jerry Kill era has featured steady improvement. And the offense has symbolized that ascent, making strides each of the last three seasons. Credit coordinator and line coach Matt Limegrover.

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Ralph Friedgen Q&A: 'I enjoyed myself' last three years

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Coach Flood Talks Rutgers Spring Game

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Rutgers coach Kyle Flood’s most vital recruit in the offseason may not have been any player. Rather, it may have been luring Ralph Friedgen out of retirement.

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Bob Shoop Q&A: 'We want to be an in-your-face defense'

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Lucas Picks Off Etling Pass

James Franklin has been a headline maker since coming to Penn State. And rightly so. But if you look past the dynamic and flamboyant Franklin, you’ll find a strong coaching staff. And one of Franklin’s top assistants is defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

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Bill Cubit Q&A: 'We have a chance to be good'

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Josh Ferguson 21-Yard Touchdown

As Year Three of the Tim Beckman era dawns at Illinois, progress has been slow but tangible. The Fighting Illini went 0-8 in the Big Ten in 2012; they won a conference game last season and generally were more competitive. Why? The offense improved—a lot.

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