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2016 football schedule analysis: Wisconsin Badgers

Oct 31, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Vince Biegel (47) during the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Camp Randall Stadium.    Wisconsin won 48-10.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Chryst talks Wisconsin's signing class

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The debut for Paul Chryst was a success, as Wisconsin posted a 10-win season capped by a nice bowl win vs. USC. But the Badgers failed to win the West despite playing a favorable Big Ten schedule. Now, the schedule flips on Wisconsin, which has one of the most challenging slates in the nation.

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2016 Football Schedule Analysis: Penn State Nittany Lions

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This is a big season for James Franklin, who has done a lot of good things his first two years in State College. But he’s just 14-12 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten. And Penn State finished last season with four consecutive losses. The roster is now mostly full of his players and he has tweaked his staff. Will this lead to the Nittany Lions moving up the ladder in the rugged Big Ten East? A tough schedule looms, which only complicates matters.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Ohio State Buckeyes

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Urban Meyer talks progress at spring game

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Ohio State is eager and ready to get back on top of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes won the national championship in 2014 and looked primed to repeat in 2015, but the coaching staff’s bungled handling of the quarterback situation proved ruinous for a team that had a national-best 12 NFL draft picks.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Northwestern Wildcats

Sep 5, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) runs past Stanford Cardinal cornerback Ronnie Harris (21) for a touchdown during the second quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Watch Northwestern spring highlights

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Northwestern is coming off a stellar season that saw the Wildcats win 10 games. And NU is thinking big in 2016 as it looks to win what looks like a wide-open Big Ten West. And, it just may happen, as this could be Pat Fitzgerald’s most talented team yet. But it faces a daunting schedule that offers little relief.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Dec 26, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) celebrates the touchdown in the second half against the UCLA Bruins at Levi's Stadium. The Huskers beat the Bruins 37 to 29. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Riley's thoughts on Nebraska spring game

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The honeymoon is over for Mike Riley. He knows that. Last year’s 6-7 debut was difficult to stomach, as the Huskers seemed to find a new way to lose each week. But on an up note, Nebraska finished with some momentum, going 3-1 in its last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing season.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Michigan Wolverines

Jan 1, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has water dumped on him after defeating Florida Gators to 41-7 to win the 2016 Citrus Bowl at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. Michigan Wolverines defeated Florida Gators 41-7. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh talks 2016 signing class

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Jim Harbaugh enjoyed a smashing debut in 2015, posting 10 wins. And, his second Michigan squad has a good chance for success thanks to plenty of returning talent and another year of familiarity with the system.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Maryland Terrapins

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Maryland talks first spring under DJ Durkin

Maryland is looking to get back on the bowl track under first-year coach DJ Durkin. But, a tough schedule could make that goal difficult for a team that has installed new schemes on both sides of the ball with some key personnel spots to fill.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Iowa Hawkeyes

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz looks on with his team prior to the game against the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Conference football championship at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Hear what Iowa said about spring drills

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What can Iowa do for an encore to last year’s stunning success? The Hawkeyes raced to a school-record 12-0 start before losing their final two games of the season in falling in the Big Ten title tilt and the Rose Bowl. It will be difficult to top that this fall, but the schedule is built for success a season after having another favorable schedule.

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Dienhart: Indiana Hoosiers football schedule analysis

Nov 21, 2015; College Park, MD, USA;  Indiana Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson  walks onto the field during the third quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Indiana Hoosiers defeated Maryland Terrapins 47-28. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Watch this catch from the Hoosiers' spring game!

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Indiana enjoyed a breakthrough last year, earning its first bowl since 2007. Now, the Hoosiers are aiming at playing in a bowl in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1990-91. IU finished 6-7, but two of its losses came in OT: to Michigan in double OT and vs. Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl. So, Kevin Wilson’s crew knows it can hang with most any team. Now, it’s time to take the next step and earn some signature wins in addition to another postseason trip, as IU hasn’t won a bowl since dumping Baylor in the 1991 Copper Bowl.

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2016 football schedule analysis: Illinois Fighting Illini

Sep 5, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws a pass at Memorial Stadium. Illinois beat Kent State 52-3.  Mandatory Credit: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Wes Lunt reacts to Lovie Smith hiring

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Tumult has defined Illinois in the last 10 months. The program is on its third head coach in less than a year as the Fighting Illini search for just their fourth bowl since 2007. But hope is running over with the hiring by new A.D. Josh Whitman, who subsequently tabbed former NFL coach Lovie Smith to run the program.

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Dienhart: An early 2016 football Top 25? Yes, please!

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AthlonSports.com has a very early football Top 25 for 2016. Yes, you knew it was coming because they come every year and we roll our eyes at them and then read them anyway because they’re fun to talk about. The national title game for this season hasn’t even been played and college players still can declare for the NFL draft until Jan. 18. Regardless, early, early, early Top 25 lists wait for no one.

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