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Dienhart: My All-Big Ten Offense since 2000

The 2000s saw plenty of great players in the Big Ten. One, in fact, won the Heisman: Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (2006), who arguably is the top player from the 2000s. Over the next couple days, I’m going to take a look at the best of the best in the Big Ten since the calendar flipped to 2000. First up: Offense. Before I get to the list, I have a couple rules:  1. A player had to play at least two seasons to be considered; 2. Nebraska players prior to 2011 are not eligible. [ RELATED: See Dienhart’s All-Big

Who are Big Ten's biggest home-run hitters?

The 2013 MLB Home Run Derby is tonight, so I thought it would be fun to consider the Big Ten’s best home-run hitters. On the gridiron, that is. Who’s in the running? A quarterback tops my list, which can be seen in this post. 1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State – There are some players who can take it to the house every time hand meets pigskin, and Miller – he of TD runs of 37, 55, 65 and 67 yards last year – is the Big Ten’s most electrifying longball threat. 2. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska – Martinez doesn’t get the

Big Ten's best football traditions? Here's a fun list

The Big Ten is as steep in tradition as any of the nation’s conferences. Considering that, it’s a dubious task to try to rank the top traditions. Athlon Sports was bold enough to give it a stab, and like many people, it thinks Ohio State’s dotting the “I” is the cream of the crop. See the publication’s list in this post. [ Ranking the Big Ten’s best historic traditions ] Here’s what Athlon said about the Ohio Stadium staple: “The culmination of “Script Ohio” during the pre-game festivities at Ohio State is a sight to behold. Once the word

Dienhart: My 2013 Ultimate Big Ten Road Trip

Let’s say time and money are no object to you. You have plenty of each. Plus, you are a huge fan of Big Ten football. Well, you have come to the right place. Let me plan for you this season’s “Ultimate Big Ten Road Trip” that will put you at every week’s top game. Pack your bag! Before we get to each week’s top destination, here’s a look at where you’ll go and who you’ll see the most: Ultimate Road Trip: Most Frequent Stops 4: Ryan Field, Northwestern 3: Michigan Stadium, Michigan 2: Ohio Stadium, Ohio State 1: California Memorial

Dienhart: Most 'Hard Knocks' worthy Big Ten teams

HBO recently announced that the Cincinnati Bengals will be the subject of this year’s edition of Hard Knocks. Yawn. The Bengals were featured on the program in 2009. An encore? For the … Bengals? And you thought “Caddyshack II” stunk. If it’s this difficult to get fresh teams, then I say punt the “Hard Knocks” series. Besides, how many times can we watch some poor sap get cut? Still, this got me thinking: Which Big Ten teams would provide the most entertainment and lead to the most intrigue if BTN produced a similar training camp series? Here are the six

Dienhart: Ranking 2013 Big Ten noncon schedules

Schedule strength will become more vital beginning in 2014, when the four-team playoff is started. Why? Because a major component of the playoff team selection process figures to be schedule strength. So, cupcakes are on the way out. But, until then, many remain. Just look at the non-conference schedules. Here is my ranking of the Big Ten non-conference schedules. [ MORE: Week  1 preview | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13

Dienhart: My Big Ten stadium rankings

Athlon Sports has another awesome list. This time, the Nashville-based company ranks the Big Ten stadiums. Yes, it’s a highly subjective list. No shock to see Ohio Stadium on top, followed by Penn State’s Beaver Stadium and Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. And it was good to see Wisconsin’s Camp Randall No. 4 over Michigan Stadium. But there are a few things I would tweak. Here are my Big Ten stadium rankings: 1. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State: Loud, proud and crammed in. No place like it. 2. Memorial Stadium, Nebraska: No fan base has more passion or dedication. 3. Camp Randall Stadium,

Athlon: Where does your Big Ten stadium rank?

When it comes to ranking things in sports, few topics get more reaction, both positive and negative, than stadium/arena lists. Athlon Sports is certain to receive its share of responses today after releasing its Big Ten football stadium rankings. That’s not to say the list is wrong – just that college fans are very passionate about their teams’ home, traditions. [ Ranking the Big Ten’s College Football Stadiums ] According to Athlon, Ohio Stadium tops the Big Ten stadiums. Here’s what it says about Ohio State’s home: “There is little doubt that the Horseshoe is the Big Ten’s best

Which school had best 2012-13 B1G athletic year?

This is interesting. From the, here is the composite Big Ten 2012-13 standings, showing the average finish among each school’s men’s and women’s teams. A big year for Michigan, which is on a roll. The Wolverines took Big Ten titles in softball, men’s gymnastics, women’s cross country, women’s tennis and men’s swimming. Wait until the football team really gets it going. Here are the official composite standings (this only accounts for Big Ten standings, not NCAA performance): 1. Michigan 4.04 2. Minnesota 4.43 3. Ohio State 4.64 4. Penn State 4.92 5. Illinois 5.24 6. Nebraska 5.57 7. Wisconsin

2013 rankings: How do Big Ten QB units rate?

Quarterback play hasn’t been at an elite level in the Big Ten in recent years. In fact, many feel that’s one reason for the conference’s struggles. But this year’s collection of passers teems with potential. I’ve been rolling out my Big Ten unit rankings here, and I’ve been looking forward to taking on the quarterbacks. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, the conference’s top Heisman contender, leads the charge. Here’s my ranking of the Big Ten’s complete quarterback units. Agree or disagree? Who will rise up this season? And who might falter? Make your own points at the bottom of this post.