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Dienhart: Best chance for each Big Ten team to pull an upset

Who doesn’t love an upset? The shock. The surprise. The unexpectedness. It’s what makes sports fun. Last year gave us Michigan State over Ohio State, Purdue over Nebraska and Northwestern over Stanford, to name a few upsets. What’s in store this season? Here is my “best chance to pull an upset” for each Big Ten team this fall. Illinois. If the offense comes together, the Fighting Illini may have a shot to shock Iowa when the Hawkeyes visit Memorial Stadium on Nov. 19. But how beat up will Illinois be coming off a game the week before at Wisconsin? The

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

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. [ MORE: Relive Tom Dienhart’s 2015 ultimate roadtrip | And 2014 ] Now, pack your Zubaz, tank top, flip flops, bucket hat and Red Bull … and let’s go! Week 1, Sept. 3: Wisconsin vs. LSU (Green Bay, Wis.). No Big Ten team has a more daunting

Take a look at each Big Ten hoops team's 2016-17 conference slate

Earlier this week, the Big Ten released the 2016-17 men’s basketball league schedule. And, as usual, some teams have more challenging draws than others. And that could impact the league race. Most early forecasts have Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top. After that, Purdue and Michigan look primed to make a push. And Maryland, Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Northwestern and Ohio State could make moves. Still, the Hoosiers, Spartans and Badgers are the teams to beat … at least in late June. Indiana, the defending Big Ten champ, lost Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams, but Thomas Bryant, James

Best of Week 13: Michigan at Ohio State highlights rivalry week

It’s the final week of the season. And, even better, it’s rivalry week! Division titles may be on the line, in addition to cool trophies. Front and center on this Saturday: “The Game,” between Ohio State and Michigan. Could the Big Ten East crown be on the line? The Buckeyes have dominated this series of late, going 12-2 since 2001 and winning the last four meetings with a 42-13 triumph last season. The last time Michigan won in Columbus? In 2000, when the Wolverines took a 38-26 decision. This is the best of Week 13. Best game: The Buckeyes need

Best of Week 12: All eyes on Michigan State vs. Ohio State

This is the penultimate week of the Big Ten schedule. And the action figures to be at a peak, as all 14 schools will be in action headlined by Ohio State’s visit to Michigan State in what could be a de facto Big Ten East championship game.

Best of Week 11: Michigan at Iowa should be a lot of fun

Another week of full action, with seven games involving all 14 schools. There are six division games. The only one that isn’t—Michigan at Iowa—is the sexiest matchup of them all. Iowa has won four of the last five from Michigan, including the last three in Kinnick Stadium. (Iowa is 6-4 in its last 10 vs. U-M.) The last time the Wolverines won along Melrose Ave. was 2005, a 23-20 decision. These schools haven’t met since 2013. Here is a look at the Best of Week 11. Game of the week: Michigan at Iowa. This game for the Hawkeyes comes on

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

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? The Cornhuskers haven’t played the Buckeyes since 2012, with OSU taking a 63-38 win in Columbus. NU won the other meeting vs. Ohio State as a Big Ten school, taking a 34-27decision in 2011 in Lincoln. Here is a look at the Best of Week 10. Game of the week: Nebraska at Ohio State. Going

Ranking 2016 Big Ten West non-conference schedules

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. Here is a ranking of the non-league schedules of the Big Ten West schools, from toughest to easiest. 1. Nebraska. The visit from Wyoming, led by former Husker player and assistant Craig Bohl, on Sept. 10 in the second game of the season should be a breeze. Bohl has gone just 6-18 in two seasons in Laramie. The

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

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. Two schools are off: Iowa and Rutgers. Here is a look at the Best of Week 9. Game of the week: It doesn’t get much better than Michigan-Michigan State. If the Spartans want to repeat as East champs, they need to dispatch hated rival (and fast-rising) Michigan when the Wolverines visit East Lansing. The Spartans are 7-1 in the last

Ranking 2016 Big Ten East non-conference schedules

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. Here is a ranking of the non-league schedules of the Big Ten East schools, from toughest to easiest. 1. Ohio State. The game at Oklahoma on Sept. 17 should be a doozy and one of the best non-con games in the nation. Each school has national title hopes. And each school has a Heisman-contending QB, with J.T. Barrett facing