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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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Dienhart: My 2013 Ultimate Big Ten Road Trip

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

In the Big House

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Let’s say time and money are no object to you. You have plenty of each. Plus, you are a huge fan of Big Ten football. Well, you have come to the right place. Let me plan for you this season’s “Ultimate Big Ten Road Trip” that will put you at every week’s top game. Pack your bag!

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Week 14 preview: It's Michigan vs. Ohio State week

November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde (34) scores a touchdown underneath defending Michigan Wolverines cornerback J.T. Floyd (8) at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Les Miles on the Michigan-Ohio State Rivalry

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And, we’ve reached the finish line! That’s right, my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten football slate has hit Week 14, a week highlighted by the annual end-of-the-year Ohio State-Michigan rivalry game. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 14 in this post.

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Week 13 preview: Down the stretch they come!

Kain Colter

Northwestern at Michigan State - Football Highlights

It’s time to consider Week 13 in my early week-by-week analysis of the 2013 Big Ten football season. This is a busy week, with all 12 teams in action, and it’s one that figures to feature games that impact the Legends and Leaders championship races. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 13 in this post.

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Week 12 preview: Big-time Legends Division games

November 10, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines safety Jordan Kovacs (11) hits Northwestern Wildcats tight end Dan Vitale (40) to knock the ball loose for an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 38-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Gardner Bootlegs for the Score

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I’m continuing my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule, and it’s all about Week 12 today. This Saturday’s slate of games is heavy at the top, with big-time Legends Division matchups between Michigan-Northwestern and Michigan State-Nebraska. Get all my Week 12 storylines, top matchups and game rankings in this post.

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Week 11 preview: This might decide Legends Division

Ameer Abdullah

Michigan at Nebraska - Football Highlights

Next up in my super-early week-by-week preview of the 2013 Big Ten football schedule: Week 11. This is a week highlighted by the massively huge Legends Division battle between Nebraska and Michigan at Michigan Stadium. It also features one nonconference game: BYU at Wisconsin. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 11 in this post.

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Week 10 preview: Spotlight shines on old rivals

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan

Michigan State - Michigan Historic Montage

I continue my look at each week of the Big Ten 2013 schedule, and I move on and examine Week 10 today. My game of the week? It has to be Michigan at Michigan State. Michigan State needs no motivation vs. Michigan. Before losing, 12-10, last year in Ann Arbor, Michigan State had won four in a row in this oh-so-heated rivalry. So, the Spartans know they can beat the Wolverines. Reasserting its power in this series is critical for Michigan State in its quest for a successful season. But Michigan wants to begin a run of dominance of its own.

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Week 9 preview: Penn State at Ohio State sounds nice

Allen Robinson

Jake Stoneburner 72 Yard Touchdown

I’m continuing my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule, and it’s all about Week 9 today. This week features only four games, highlighted by Penn State’s trip to Ohio State. Get all my Week 9 storylines, top matchups and game rankings in this post.

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Week 8 preview: Will one of these matchups surprise?

Phillip Nelson

Nelson to Crawford-Tufts for TD

Next up in my super-early week-by-week preview of the 2013 Big Ten football schedule: Week 8. This is a week light on marquee matchups, with predicted Big Ten title contenders Michigan and Ohio State taking on Indiana and Iowa, respectively, and Nebraska and Penn State on byes. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 8 in this post.

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Week 7 preview: It'll be a big one at Camp Randall

Chris Borland

Chris Borland leaping tackle

The 2013 football season may still be two-plus months away, but that won’t keep me from taking an (early) in-depth look at each and every week’s top matchups and storylines. Oh, and I’m also offering my rankings of every week’s slate of games. Up now: Week 7, highlighted by Northwestern’s trip to Wisconsin.

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Week 6 preview: Welcome to Evanston, Buckeyes

Kain Colter

Colter Accounts for Second TD of the Day

Another day, another opportunity to take an in-depth look at the 2013 football season. Today, it’s all about Week 6 in my early week-by-week series. The first week of full Big Ten play, the slate offers some intriguing battles, including Northwestern hosting Big Ten favorite Ohio State. Get all the storylines, matchups and my game rankings for Week 6 in this post.

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Week 5 preview: Badgers-Buckeyes rule four-game slate

Wisconsin Badgers

The Journey 2012 Big Ten Football – Directors Cut - Ohio State at Wisconsin

If Big Ten football fans have a wedding to attend this fall, they probably hope it lands on Week 5 – aka Saturday, Sept. 28. Unless, maybe, you’re an Ohio State or Wisconsin fan. The Badgers trip to the Buckeyes highlights an abbreviated four-game slate, half of which includes nonconference games (Northern Illinois at Purdue; Miami (OH) at Illinois). Get all the storylines, matchups and my rankings of Week 5 games in this post.

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Week 4 preview: Spartans will try to solve Irish

Andrew Maxwell

Best Trophy Games of the 2000s: The Megaphone 2000

I’m continuing my early week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule, and it’s all about Week 4 today. Being the final week before Big Ten play kicks off across the conference, the slate leaves some to be desired. That said, there are a few intriguing games, including an early Big Ten draw (Purdue at Wisconsin). Get all the storylines, matchups and my rankings of the week’s games in this post.

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Week 3 preview: Hundley v. Martinez Part II

Taylor Martinez

Nebraska at UCLA - Football Highlights

Yes, the 2013 football season still is two-plus months away. That won’t keep me from looking ahead and taking an in-depth look at each and every week’s top matchups and storylines. I’m also offering my rankings of every week’s slate of games. Up now: Week 3, highlighted by Nebraska’s rematch vs. UCLA.

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Week 2 preview: Try not to miss Notre Dame-Michigan

Michigan's Jeremy Gallon

Michigan vs. Notre Dame: The Rivalry Continues

Hey, who isn’t looking forward to football season? It’s only June, but I’m itching for kickoff and am starting to look ahead to each week of the 2013 season. From Week 1 to Week 12, I’ll offer the best each week has to offer and rank every week’s games. Up now: Week 2, highlighted by Notre Dame at Michigan.

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Week 1 preview: NU-Cal should be good one

Kain Colter

Kain Colter Gets His 3rd TD

It’s time to take a week-by-week look at the 2013 Big Ten schedule. Interesting storylines, matchups and battles within the battles dot each week’s slate of games. Up first, of course: Week 1. Get my opening week preview in this post.

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Badgers have slate built for success

Chris Borland

Wisconsin Spring Game Highlights

First-year Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has a schedule that’s built for success. The Badgers should start no worse than 3-1—maybe even 4-0—as they head to Ohio State on Sept. 28. After visiting the Horseshoe, the Badgers don’t have a lot of heavy lifting.

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Schedule Analysis: Boilers face tough slate

Purdue's Akeem Hunt

Purdue Spring Game Highlights

First-year coach Darrell Hazell has his work cut out for him, playing arguably the toughest schedule in the Big Ten. There is no more challenging non-conference schedule in the conference, with a trip to Big East co-champ Cincinnati and home games vs. Notre Dame (BCS title game) and Northern Illinois (Orange Bowl). Getting one Big Ten road victory may be a difficult proposition, too. Bottom line: A 1-6 start isn’t out of the question.

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Schedule analysis: Can Penn State do it again?

Dominic Salomone

Bill O'Brien Loud Speaker Plays

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Bill O’Brien’s debut was a success, as Penn State finished 8-4 after opening 0-2 during a season wrapped in tumult. But the Nittany Lions may be in for a long season, as the effects of NCAA probation begin to sink in. Penn State will operate with just 67 scholarships, so any attrition could be devastating for a team that’s still ineligible for the postseason or to win the league championship.

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Schedule sets up nicely for touted Buckeyes

Stacey Blount

Ohio State Spring Game Highlights

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Some think Ohio State is the best team not just in the Big Ten but perhaps the best team in the nation as it comes off a 12-0 debut under Urban Meyer. A wealth of talent is one reason for optimism, as the Buckeyes are NCAA probation-free and eligible to win the Big Ten and BCS crowns. A favorable schedule is another reason for optimism. Ohio State should be favored in every game but one in 2013: the season finale at Michigan on Nov. 30.

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Veteran Wildcats face challenging 2013 lineup

Venric Mark

Northwestern Spring Game Highlights

Most every key component from last year’s team that went 10-3 and won the school’s first bowl since the Stone Age — OK, the 1948 season —  is back. Good, because this schedule is a doozy. In fact, starting 2-0 won’t be a given, with a trip to Cal and visit from Syracuse, which lost a crazy 42-41 game at home to the Wildcats last season, on tap to open the season. Big Ten schools switched cross-division foes this season, and no school had a less advantageous swap then NU.

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Dienhart: Let's break down 2014 football slate

Newcomer Rutgers will take part in the first Big Ten game of 2014 when it plays host to Penn State on Sept. 13. That’s one of several interesting matchups in the schedule, which was announced today. The 2014 schedule will be the first season with Maryland and Rutgers in the conference. The 2014 season also will see the Big Ten split into new East and West Divisions.

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Schedule analysis: Huskers eye Indy return

Taylor Martinez

Tom Dienhart Nebraska Spring Game Impressions

Things set up well for Nebraska, which opens with five games at home and doesn’t leave Lincoln until Oct. 12 (at Purdue). It wouldn’t be a shock if Nebraska is 8-0 when it travels to Michigan on Nov. 9 in the only game the Huskers may not be favored in all season. Bottom line: This schedule greases the skids for Nebraska’s return trip to the Big Ten title game, as the Huskers pursue the program’s first conference title since 1999.

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Schedule analysis: Gophers could start 5-0

Donnell Kirkwood

Minnesota Spring Game Highlights

This schedule is built for success – at least the first half of it. It opens with four of the first five games coming at home. And Minnesota should be favored in each one. Could the Golden Gophers be 5-0 when they travel to Michigan on Oct. 5? Hmm. And—don’t look now—but Minnesota has a good chance to be 5-3 when it plays at Indiana on Nov. 2. But a loss to the improving Hoosiers would make getting a sixth win very difficult with a challenging last few games.

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Schedule analysis: MSU has to like 2013 draw

Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio reacts after they beat against the Georgia Bulldogs of the 2012 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Michigan State Spartans defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 33-30 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State Spring Game Highlights

The schedule is pretty kind to a Michigan State program coming off a disappointing 7-6 season that saw MSU lose five games by a combined 13 points. If the Spartans can win at Notre Dame on Sept. 21, they could be 8-0 when they welcome Michigan on Nov. 2.

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