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By most measures, James Franklin’s debut at Penn State was a success. He guided the Nittany Lions to a 7-6 mark, capped by a win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.
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It’s Urban Meyer’s world. And everyone else is just living in it. The defending national champions are riding a national-best 13-game winning streak as 2015 dawns.
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Northwestern is coming off back-to-back 5-7 seasons after going to five bowls in a row. It’s time for the Wildcats to get back on track.
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The Mike Riley era offers hope at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers, however, must deal with a tough schedule that has nine bowl squads. Get Tom Dienhart’s early schedule analysis inside.
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Jerry Kill embarks on his fifth season at Minnesota. And expectations are high. A difficult schedule that includes seven bowl teams and no FCS foes awaits, however.
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Mark Dantonio has Michigan State rolling, winning at least 11 games in four of the last five seasons. Along the way, the Spartans have won two league titles and claimed Rose and Cotton Bowl crowns.
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There is much anticipation and excitement surrounding Jim Harbaugh’s first season at Michigan. Can he return the program to the postseason after it missed a bowl last season? More vital: Can he someday make the Wolverines a national power again?
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Maryland’s Big Ten debut was a success by most measures, as Randy Edsall navigated the Terrapins to a third-place finish in the Big Ten East that saw them go 7-6 overall and reach a bowl.
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Kirk Ferentz enters his 17th season at Iowa looking to reestablish his program among the best in the conference. Here’s an early look at Iowa’s 2015 schedule.
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Kevin Wilson enters his fifth season at Indiana with perhaps his most talented team yet. And that has some thinking the Hoosiers may break through to their first bowl since 2007.
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Tim Beckman enjoyed a breakthrough of sorts in this third season at Illinois in 2014, guiding Illinois to its first bowl since 2011 during a 6-7 campaign.
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The calendar is flipping to November, so it’s time to break down the remaining schedules for the top East and West contenders.
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News of Ohio State playing Notre Dame in 2022 and 2023 has BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart recalling the last time these two programs met. He also lists other big non-conference games to circle on your calendar – if you have a really big calendar.
If time and money weren’t objectives, what Big Ten games would you go to this season? I have built the ultimate 2014 Big Ten schedule, dialing in the game you would need to be at each week. Call it “football nirvana.” See my weekly picks in this post.
I’ve spent the last few weeks offering my super-early thoughts on the 2014 football schedule. You can catch up here. Today, it’s time to compile my game rankings for all 14 weeks in one post.
The Big Ten has saved the best for last, as the Week 14 lineup features seven games that all are enticing for one reason or another. In fact, titles in both divisions may be on the line.
The penultimate Saturday brings us seven Big Ten games for the first time in 2014. The Big Ten West must be watched, as Minnesota plays at Nebraska and Wisconsin travels to Iowa in two division-defining games. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 13.
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There are two non-conference games tucked into this mid-November Saturday, which rarely happens this late in the season in the Big Ten. Northwestern’s trip to Notre Dame could be interesting. But a division title could be center stage: Nebraska at Wisconsin. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 12.
Pretty much every team has one game on its schedule that can be viewed as a “cupcake.” Now, that doesn’t mean the team is guaranteed to roll to victory – or even win the game. There’s always the chance a team pulls an upset. That said, here is my easiest game for every Big Ten team.
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Ohio State’s trip to Michigan State could be the game of the year in the Big Ten, as both schools look like the favorites to win the conference crown. They met in the Big Ten title game last season, with the Spartans dumping the Buckeyes to earn their first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1987 season and end OSU’s 24-game winning streak and national championship hopes. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 11.
The calendar now says “November.” And, as coaches are known to say: “November is when they play the games to remember.” But this Saturday lacks any apparent marquee games, although that could change depending on how things unfold. Looking at you, Northwestern at Iowa.
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Two interesting clashes make this Saturday appealing, as Michigan plays at Michigan State and Ohio State goes to Penn State in a light week of action. Despite the presence of just five games, the heft of those aforementioned contests makes this a good week, as the Big Ten East race will start to take form. Here’s my best of Week 9.
Another light Saturday, as there are just five games with four teams enjoying byes. But the weekend isn’t without a big game, as the Nebraska at Northwestern tilt could be another doozy in what has been an exciting series that has seen the Cornhuskers go 2-1 vs. the Wildcats since joining the Big Ten. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 8.
This is a light week of action with just five games—all Big Ten affairs–as four schools are off. But there are several good games, headlined by Penn State’s trip to Michigan. And the winner of the Northwestern-Minnesota game figures to be set up for a run at the division title. Here’s a breakdown of the Best of Week 7.
We continue our football schedule preview series to help pass some of the time before the 2014 season kicks off. Today, it’s time for Tom Dienhart to offer his super-early must-win game for all 14 Big Ten teams.