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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten receiving TD leader?

Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson Hauls in 3rd TD of the Day

Raise your hand if you thought Allen Robinson would lead the Big Ten in touchdown receptions a year ago at this time. No hands, right? That’s what we thought. Robinson entered last season with a grand total of three receptions before breaking out to pace the Big Ten with 77 catches, 1,013 yards and 11 TDs. Will there be another Robinson-like breakout this fall in the receiving TD category? Or will it be a familiar name? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten receiving yards leader?

Kenny Bell

Kenny Bell 74 Yard Catch

While the Big Ten doesn’t boast a laundry list of all-world wide receivers, it’s not like it is void of talent at the position. Guys such as Allen Robinson, Kenny Bell and Jared Abbrederis steal most of the headlines, but there’s also plenty of other productive guys. Who will lead the Big Ten in receiving yards this season? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten rushing TD leader?


Braxton Miller TD Run


There used to be a time when the rushing touchdown leaderboard always came down to the elite running backs. These days, the running backs receive stiff competition from dual-threat quarterbacks. More specifically, in the Big Ten, Kain Colter, Taylor Martine and Braxton Miller. Will a signal-caller lead the Big Ten in rushing scores this fall? See Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten rushing yards leader?

Venric Mark

Venric Mark Film Session

The Big Ten is known for churning out 1,000-yard running backs. That’s still the case in 2013, with talents such as Ameer Abdullah, Carlos Hyde, Venric Mark and James White, among others, calling the Big Ten home. In recent seasons, however, quarterbacks have joined the mix, too. And that only makes predicting the rushing yards leader even more fun. See our guys’ picks for this season’s rushing yards leader in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten passing TD leader?

Taylor Martinez

Martinez Passes for Five TD's

If we had told you prior to last season that Matt McGloin, Taylor Martinez, Robert Marve, Braxton Miller and Cam Coffman would finish 1-5 in touchdown passes, you would have thought we were crazy. Point is, at this time of year, it’s difficult to predict a category like this.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten passing yards leader?

November 10, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (12) passes the ball against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Gardner Buys Time, Hits Dileo in the Endzone

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

A year ago, few, if any, would have pegged Penn State’s Matt McGloin to lead the Big Ten in passing yards. He did, and did so in dominating fashion, finishing 395 yards ahead of Taylor Martinez despite playing two fewer games. Will another unexpected, under-the-radar guy lead the Big Ten in passing yards in 2013?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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Debate It: 2013 Big Ten scoring leader?

Jeff Budzien

Braxton Miller 1 Yard Touchdown

Good news, Big Ten offensive players: Montee Ball is gone, meaning the conference’s scoring title is wide open. Ball, the 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist and 2012 Doak Walker Award Winner, ruled the category the last two seasons, scoring a combined 368 points. Now that Ball is in the NFL, who will assume the Big Ten scoring title? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their picks in this post.

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Debate It: Should IU be ranked in preseason polls?

Yogi Ferrell

Yogi Ferrell Crossover Layup

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Tom Crean and Indiana spent a big portion of last season ranked No. 1 in the nation. As we all know, though, the Hoosiers lost a ton of talent, including Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller. They return Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey and also welcome a decorated incoming class, so the question needs to be asked: Should Indiana be ranked in the preseason polls?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their thoughts below.

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Debate it: Most interesting Big Ten QB situation?

Texas Christian vs Michigan State

Bennie Fowler's 12-Yard Winning Touchdown & Celebration

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There’s no more talked-about position than quarterback, and for obvious reasons. The quarterback, more times than not, is the face of the team, and has his hands on the ball every snap. That being the case, fans love to follow a good quarterback battle.

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Will Hawkeyes bounce back and make bowl?

Kirk Ferentz

Greg Davis - Gerry DiNardo Conversation

Everyone associated with the Iowa football program would love to forget the 2012 season. It was a struggle all around, in pretty much every facet, as the Hawkeyes finished 4-8 and missed out on a bowl game for the first time since 2007. Can this year’s new-look team get back to the postseason?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their thoughts in this post.

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Debate It: Can Wildcats win Legends Division?

Pat Fitzgerald

Kain Colter Rushed for 4 Touchdowns

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The way Northwestern finished the 2012 season, culminating in the program’s first bowl win since the 1948 Rose Bowl, coupled with the fact it returns much of its skill position talent, expectations are quite high in Evanston. In fact, some are wondering if the Wildcats – yes, the Wildcats – have what it takes to play for their first Big Ten title since 2000. Do they?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss in this post.

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Will Michigan offense be better without Denard?

Devin Gardner

Back to Back Michigan Touchdowns

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It might be crazy to consider, but will the Michigan offense be better this season sans Denard Robinson? You know, the same Robinson who set numerous records with his ability to rack up eye-popping statistical days?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss the topic in this post, and their answers may surprise some.

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Debate it: Will Ohio State have B1G's best offense?

Devin Smith

Devin Smith Touchdown

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Give Braxton Miller and the Ohio State offense another year under Urban Meyer, and the results should improve. Heck, in Year One with Meyer, the Buckeyes averaged a Big Ten-best 37.2 points per game. With Miller and a host of his best weapons back, including Carlos Hyde, Corey Brown and Devin Smith, among others, will Ohio State have the Big Ten’s best offense in 2013?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

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Debate it: Will Bill Cubit fix Illinois' offense?

To put it mildly, the Illinois offense struggled last season under co-coordinators Chris Beatty and Billy Gonzales. It’s Bill Cubit’s unit now, and the veteran coach has had success on various stops across the nation. Will it continue in Champaign, and as soon as this season?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina address the Illini offense in this post, and they’ll continue to do so throughout the spring football season. All of our spring football coverage is here, and the 2013 Spring Football Schedule is here.

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Debate it: Will Nebraska defense improve in 2013?

John Papuchis

BTN Football Report on Nebraska Spring Practice

Nebraska holds its annual Red-White Spring Game at 3 p.m. ET Saturday, and you’ll be able to watch it live on BTN/BTN2Go. As we’ll be doing with every team this spring, BTN’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina address one hot topic facing each team entering the 2013 season. Up first: Nebraska.

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Debate It: Is Burke or Oladipo Big Ten POY?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo Dunk

As we near the stretch run of the Big Ten schedule, there are plenty of races to keep an eye on. The most intriguing one, other than the Big Ten title race, is the battle for Big Ten Player of the Year. Will it be the season-long frontrunner Trey Burke? Or the quickly surging Victor Oladipo?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate the topic in this post.

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Debate it: Who plays for Big Ten title ... in 2013?

Stagg Trophy

What If Ohio State Wins AP Title?

Nebraska and Wisconsin are set to meet in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday night in Indianapolis, and’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina are there to cover it. Given they’ve been debating topics here all season long, the two of them thought it would be fun to look ahead to the 2013 Big Ten title game. So, who will represent the Legends and Leaders a year from now?

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Debate it: Should Devin or Denard start?

Devin Gardner

Gardner Buys Time, Hits Dileo in the Endzone

If and when Denard Robinson returns from his right elbow injury, who should Michigan start at quarterback? Is it Robinson, or Devin Gardner, the replacement the past two games? The question may seem crazy, considering Robinson’s experience and ability to rack up big statistical days, but Gardner has impressed in two starts.

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Debate it: Will Michigan State go bowling?

Mark Dantonio

Denicos Allen Picks James Vandenberg

A week or so ago, it would have been crazy to entertain such a topic. But with a 4-3 record and a grueling slate of games remaining, will Michigan State get bowl eligible? It’s a fair question, especially when one takes a look at the team’s final six games: at Michigan, at Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern and at Minnesota.

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Debate it: Best RB not named Le'Veon Bell is ...

Mark Weisman

Venric Mark Gets the 1st Half Hat Trick

When talking best running back in the Big Ten,’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina agree it’s Le’Veon Bell. Through five games, Bell leads Big Ten backs in yards (655 – yes, he also has most carries) and ranks in the top two in receptions (20) and receiving yards (125). He’s also a terrific blocker.

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