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Dienhart: See your team's toughest 2016 conference game

Nov 28, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) celebrates with Minnesota Golden Gophers running back Rodney Smith (24) after scoring a touchdown in the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Tracy Claeys joins BTN set at Big Ten Media Days

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There are games on every team’s schedule that fans circle as “tough” ones, games that will be very challenging to win. Well, that’s what I did with each Big Ten schedule, identifying each school’s “toughest” Big Ten game in 2016.

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View Tom Dienhart’s 2016 Ultimate Big Ten Football Road Trip

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines safety Delano Hill (44) greets fans before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh signs off at 'Signing of the Stars'

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If time and money weren’t issues, which Big Ten games would you want to attend this season? Let me help you out. I have built the ultimate Big Ten itinerary for 2016, identifying what I feel will be the biggest game in each of the 13 weeks of the upcoming season. You’re welcome.

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Best of Week 10: Full seven-game slate to open November

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Yeah, J.T. Barrett is kind of good

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All 14 Big Ten teams are in action on the first Saturday in November. And, no doubt, a big focus will be on Columbus, Ohio, where Nebraska travels to play Ohio State. This is the month championship teams make a push. Who’s gonna step up?

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Ranking 2016 Big Ten West non-conference schedules

Sep 12, 2015; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Kamari Cotton-Moya (5) dives and misses Iowa Hawkeyes running back LeShun Daniels Jr. (29) at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Hawkeyes discuss 2016 spring practice

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If Nebraska is going to have a banner season, it will have to navigate a challenging non-conference slate that is highlighted by a visit from Oregon. Conversely, Purdue’s Darrell Hazell catches a break by not having much heavy lifting out of conference.

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Best of Week 9: It's Michigan vs. Michigan State week!

Oct 17, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans celebrate a touchdown in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Dantonio talks wild win at Michigan

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Welcome to Week 9, which has a couple of hefty matchups with Michigan at Michigan State and Nebraska at Wisconsin. And, Northwestern’s trip to Ohio State could be compelling, too. This could be a season-defining Saturday, which features six games.

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Ranking 2016 Big Ten East non-conference schedules

Jan 2, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on from the sideline during the third quarter against Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. Georgia defeated Penn State 24-17 to win the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

How awesome was this Saquon Barkley play?

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With the Big Ten playing nine league games for the first time since 1984, there are fewer non-conference tilts with each school playing just three. So, the number of marquee out-of-conference games has been trimmed. Still, there are some intriguing matchups.

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Big Ten schedule breakdown: Who Big Ten West teams miss

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BTN talks with Iowa players at spring practice

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For the first time since 1984, the Big Ten will play nine conference games. Schools will play the other six teams in their division … and three from the opposite division. And, schedule strengths can vary a great deal based on which schools a team does not have to play from the other division.

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Best of Week 4: 2016 weekend signals opening of league games

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In week 4 of the 2016 football season, the Big Ten takes the lid off conference action. This season each team plays nine Big Ten games during the season for the first time since 1984. On this weekend, four leagues games are on the docket as the race to the 2016 title begins. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart delivers his fourth in a series of weekly looks at the upcoming 2016 football season.

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