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Dienhart: Your team's best chance to pull an upset

Glenn Carson

Penn State at Indiana - Football Highlights

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 upset pick for all 14 Big Ten teams. See your team’s upset prediction in this post.

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Best of Week 4: Rematch! Miami vs. Nebraska

Bo Pelini

San Jose State at Minnesota - Football Highlights

This will mark the last Saturday of full-blown non-conference action. And there are a handful of interesting clashes, highlighted by Miami (Fla.) visiting Nebraska. But most of this week’s games are tune-ups for the Big Ten action that kickoffs off the next weekend. Here’s a look at the Best of Week 4.

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Best of Week 3: Rutgers makes Big Ten debut

NCAA Football: Pinstripe Bowl-Rutgers vs Notre Dame

Iowa Fumble Recovery

Week 3 isn’t filled with a plethora of sexy matchups, but there is no lack of intrigue. A big highlight is the first Big Ten game of the season, as Penn State visits Rutgers. In fact, it will be the Scarlet Knights’ first Big Ten game and the first time the Nittany Lions have been on Rutgers’ campus since 1955. See my Best of Week 3 in this post.

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Toughest Big Ten game for every team?

Braxton Miller

Indiana at Ohio State - Football Highlights

We’ve reached the right side of 100 when it comes to the countdown to the college football season. In less than three months, there will be football. Get excited! Until then, we’re previewing the season. It’s time for Tom Dienhart to single out the toughest conference game for each Big Ten team.

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Best of Week 2: Offense (Ducks) vs. Defense (Spartans)

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Notre Dame at Michigan - Football Highlights

Week 2 brings more juice than the opening salvo to the season, as there are three nationally relevant games: Michigan State at Oregon; Virginia Tech at Ohio State; Michigan at Notre Dame. In fact, those games will offer the Big Ten a golden chance to make a statement. A win by the Spartans on the road in raucous Autzen Stadium would stamp them legit national title contenders. Here’s a look at the best of Week 2.

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Best of Week 1: Wisconsin vs. LSU, what else?

Melvin Gordon

Gary Andersen Talks with Rick Pizzo

With the season less than 100 days away and preview magazines on the shelves of the local Piggly Wiggly, it’s never too early to start looking forward to the college football season. This week, I begin to take a week-by-week look at the coming season, highlighting what to look for. Consider it an early, early preview. You’re welcome.

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Breaking down the Big Ten non-con sked

Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah 37-Yard TD Run

The formula for building a non-conference schedule is pretty standard: play one challenging game vs. a team from a Power 5 league (ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, Big Ten) and three games vs. foes from “lesser” conferences. And ideally, three of the four games are at home. But, as you can see, not all non-conference games are created equally.

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What's your Big Ten team's toughest non-con game?

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Michigan vs. Notre Dame: The Rivalry Continues

We’ve reached the right side of 100 when it comes to the countdown to the college football season. Three months from now, there will be football. Get excited! Until then, we’re previewing the season. It’s time for Tom Dienhart to single out your team’s toughest non-conference game.

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Dienhart: Purdue's 2014 schedule analysis

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Danny Anthrop Scores for Black

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As far as debuts are concerned, Darrell Hazell endured a rough one at Purdue. His maiden voyage in West Lafayette included myriad blowouts along the way to a 1-11 season that saw Purdue go winless in the Big Ten. And the lone victory came vs. FCS Indiana State. And even that was a close call. Add it all up, and it may have been the worst season in school history.

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Dienhart: Penn State's 2014 schedule analysis

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Gerry DiNardo Conversation with James Franklin

There is much anticipation around the unveiling of the James Franklin era. Franklin brings endless energy along with an impressive resume to State College, Pa., making Vanderbilt into a winner prior to his arrival.

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Dienhart: Ohio State's 2014 schedule analysis

Urban Meyer

Coach Urban Meyer Goals and Objectives

Ohio State came oh-so-close to greatness last season in Year Two under Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes won their first 12 games after going 12-0 in 2012. But Ohio State lost the Big Ten championship game to Michigan State, which ruined its national title hopes.

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Dienhart: NU's 2014 schedule analysis

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Kyle Prater One-Handed Catch

Last year began amid much hope for Northwestern, which opened 4-0 with No. 4 Ohio State coming to Evanston for a prime-time national TV. Alas, Northwestern lost, 40-30, and never recovered.

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Dienhart: Nebraska's 2014 schedule analysis

NCAA Football: Wyoming at Nebraska

Bo Pelini and His Cat Lead Huskers Out of the Tunnel

Hopes are high in Lincoln for the program’s first conference championship since 1999. The defense looks like it could be the strongest part of Bo Pelini’s seventh Nebraska team. The front seven looks especially stout. The offense has some great building blocks, paced by a nice collection of running backs and receivers.

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Dienhart: Minnesota's 2014 schedule analysis

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Indiana

Jerry Kill Post-Spring Game Interview

Jerry Kill has Minnesota on the rise. His win total has improved in each of his three seasons in the Twin Cities, going from three, to six to eight victories with bowls in each of the last two seasons. The best looks like it is yet to come.

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Dienhart: Michigan State's 2014 schedule analysis

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Mark Dantonio Talks with #BTNLive

Everything came up roses, literally and figuratively, for Michigan State last season. The Spartans won their first Big Ten title since taking a share of the 2010 crown. And Michigan State went to its first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season, beating Stanford to finish 13-1 overall en route to ranking No. 3 in the polls.

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Dienhart: Iowa's 2014 schedule analysis

Jake Rudock

Kirk Ferentz Talks with #BTNLive

If you see Kirk Ferentz smiling a lot, you’ll know why after looking at the Iowa schedule. No Iowa coach would admit it, but this is a schedule to die for, a chance to get fat, happy and maybe win Iowa its first Big Ten championship since 2004. Heck, even master cupcake scheduler Bill Snyder of Kansas State has to be jealous of this low-calorie menu.

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Dienhart: Indiana's 2014 schedule analysis

Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Tre Roberson (5) looks to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

Coach Wilson Talks with #BTNLive

Indiana hasn’t been to a bowl since 2007. Kevin Wilson is getting the Hoosiers closer, going from one, to four, to five wins in his three seasons in Bloomington. A postseason trip almost happened last year, if not for tough losses to Navy and Minnesota. Just like last season, Indiana will be propelled in 2014 by one of the Big Ten’s top offenses. But will the defense be better?

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Dienhart: Ranking every 2013 Big Ten game

Jeremy Gallon

2012 Big Ten Football Images of the Year

I know your time is precious in the fall. Between driving to soccer games, raking leaves, making cider and carving pumpkins, your schedule is packed. That means finding spare time to watch TV is difficult. No worries. I have ranked every game involving a Big Ten team for the 2013 season. As you can see, not all matchups are created equally.

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