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Ranking Big Ten's top 10 position units in 2014

Take a moment to open your Big Ten football history books and think back to some of the top position units that have defined the conference’s excellence. Think back to when Penn State first adopted the name “Linebacker U.” Or Purdue’s “Den of Defensive Ends.” This got me thinking about the upcoming season and what current position units have the chance to make a name for themselves. Without further ado, here is a breakdown of my top 10 position units in the Big Ten. [ MORE: Merriman: My 2014 Big Ten All-Breakout Team ] 1. Ohio State Defensive Line After

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Dienhart: My favorite Big Ten coaching icons

It was big news yesterday when Tom Izzo reaffirmed that he would remain at Michigan State, shooting down rumors that connected him to NBA openings. Izzo is a true Big Ten coaching icon, having just completed his 19th season in East Lansing. Izzo has won 468 games, seven Big Ten titles and been to six Final Fours with one national title and one other appearance in the national title game. With the 59-year-old Izzo looking like he might finish his career with the Spartans, he could coach another 10 or so years, right? And, if he keeps winning like he

Meyer, Dantonio ranked in top 10 of coach rankings

Two Big Ten coaches land in the top 10 of SportingNews.com’s 2014 ranking the coaches. To little surprise, it’s Urban Meyer (No. 3) and Mark Dantonio (No. 9). For the curious minds, former Michigan State coach Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier top the list. See what the site says about Meyer and Dantonio, plus see where they rank the rest of the Big Ten’s 12 coaches, in this post. [ MORE: SportingNews.com: Ranking the coaches ] 3. Urban Meyer, Ohio State As good as it looked for Meyer the first 24 games at Ohio State, it was far from complete

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Ten B1G teams land on ESPN's Fab 50 for 2014-15

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman released his Fab 50 for 2014-15, a ranking of his top 50 men’s hoops teams, on Tuesday. Ten Big Ten teams make the list, including newcomer Maryland (No. 30), paced by reigning national semifinalist Wisconsin (No. 3). The No. 1 team? That’s Kentucky, of course. See Goodman’s analysis of all 10 Big Ten teams in this post. [ MORE: Yarina: My super-early 2014-15 Big Ten predictions ] No. 3 Wisconsin This is a team that was one shot away from playing for the national title game and also a group that will return seven of its top

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Dienhart: Here are my final Big Ten hoops grades

The dust has settled on another basketball season. And, it was a good one for the Big Ten, as three schools advanced to the Elite Eight (Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State) and one made it to the Final Four (Wisconsin). Another won the NIT (Minnesota). Let’s punctuate the season by handing out final grades. Illinois, 20-15, 7-11/T8th. The Fighting Illini had a roller coaster season. In earlier January after a home win vs. Penn State, Illinois was 13-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. Alas, the wheels came off during an eight-game losing skid. Illinois would go on to lose

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SportingNews: Meyer, Dantonio Big Ten's best

SportingNews.com decided to rank the Big Ten’s football coaches, and there’s no surprise at the top of the list. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, he of two national titles at Florida, is No. 1, and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, fresh off a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl Game win, is No. 2. [ MORE: SportingNews.com: Big Ten coach rankings ] After the top two, though, the site’s ranking is certain to elicit its share of debate. Pat Fitzgerald is No. 3, even after a 5-7 season, James Franklin is No. 4, despite never coaching a Big Ten game, and Gary

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Merriman: Here's how I rank Big Ten's NCAA wins

There’s a reason they call it March Madness. No matter how hard we try to get it right every year, no matter how many times we pick a winner, change it, and then go back to it again, the NCAA tournament always leaves us with a bevy of unforeseen results. A 7 vs. 8 matchup in the championship game… Who could have possibly guessed that? But that’s what makes this tournament so enjoyable. The 2014 tourney has been a memorable one for the Big Ten. While it will be 14 years now since the conference has produced an NCAA Tournament

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Dienhart: Ranking B1G Final Four teams since 2000

Since Michigan State cut down the nets as a No. 1 seed in the now demolished RCA Dome in Indianapolis in 2000 to win the national championship over No. 6 seed Florida, nine Big Ten teams have been to the Final Four—but none have won it all even though five have played for all the marbles. Wisconsin is the 10th to make it, trying to end the Big Ten’s 14-year drought. The No. 2 seeded Badgers will take on No. 8 Kentucky in a national semifinal game on Saturday. Here’s a ranking at the Big Ten’s Final Four squads since

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ESPN lists Ohio State as nation's most stable program

When talking about the Big Ten’s most consistent football programs, Ohio State is one school that certainly comes to mind. The Buckeyes have won 10-or-more games in nine of their past 12 seasons (went 12-1 in 2010 season, but wins were vacated), including six Big Ten Championships. [ MORE: Dienhart: Ranking Big Ten schools on recruiting appeal ] ESPN Insider Brian Fremeau broke down the Buckeyes success over the past quarter century and listed them as college football’s No. 1 most stable football program. The other four schools included in Fremeau’s list are BYU, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech and Ole

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Big Ten upsets: Reviewing 12 Big Ten stunners

If there is a theme to this Big Ten season, it would be “expect the unexpected.” Down is up … up is down … in is out … out is in. You get the idea. Each week is like a roller-coaster, as upsets seemingly have become the norm. Heck, we even had one last night, with last-place Illinois winning at Minnesota. Here’s a look at the 12 biggest upsets so far this season, in no particular order. At the bottom, you can vote for your favorite one. Oh, and keep your seat belt fastened—you know more craziness awaits between now