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Best of Week 12: Rematch of 2012 Big Ten title game

Nebraska vs Wisconsin

Melvin Gordon 56-Yard TD Run vs. Nebraska - Football Championship

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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.

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Dienhart: Your team's 2014 cupcake game

Jake Rudock

Northern Iowa at Iowa - Football Highlights

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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Best of Week 11: Urban Meyer vs. Mark Dantonio Part III

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Connor Cook - 2013 Big Ten Title Game Interview

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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.

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Best of Week 9: It's Michigan at Michigan State

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Michigan State Sacks Devin Gardner Six Times

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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.

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Best of Week 8: Huskers + Wildcats = fun

Jordan Westerkamp

Nebraska Wins on a Hail Mary

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.

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Best of Week 7: PSU-Michigan, under the lights

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Michigan at Penn State - Football Highlights

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.

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Dienhart: Your team's 2014 must-win game

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2013 Big Ten Football Championship - Ohio State vs. Michigan State

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.

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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 vs. Iowa State

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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