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Dienhart: Keep an eye on these spots at Wisconsin

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Gary Andersen Talks with Rick Pizzo

Gary Andersen’s debut in Madison was a rousing success—save for the stumble at the end that saw the Badgers lose their regular-season finale at home to Penn State and then fall to South Carolina in the bowl game. Still, there is a lot for Wisconsin to build on after last year’s 9-4 mark that saw the program’s run of three consecutive Rose Bowls come to end.

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Dienhart: 3 positions to watch at Ohio State

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2014 Signing Day - Ohio State

Anticipation continues to bubble at Ohio State. It always does, just in varying degrees each season. Urban Meyer’s third Buckeye squad has the natives excited as it will begin to take shape. And there is plenty of work to do.

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Dienhart: 3 questions for Wildcats this spring

Pat Fitzgerald

2014 Signing Day - Northwestern

Entering 2013, Northwestern was coming off a 10-win season that saw the program win its first bowl game since the 1948 season, ending a nine-game postseason losing skid. But the Wildcats are ready to turn the page on a 2013 season that opened with great promise but morphed into a season to forget.

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Who sits atop Dienhart's spring rankings?

Tyvis Powell & Kato Mitchell

Ohio State Spring Game Highlights

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Spring football is over and the offseason is officially here. Let’s all let loose with a collective sigh. Now we have to wait until the night of Thursday, August 29, for the first Big Ten game when UNLV plays at Minnesota. There are lots of barbecues, cannon balls into the swimming pool, croquet, Wiffle Ball and Jarts between now and then.

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Debate it: Most interesting Big Ten QB situation?

Texas Christian vs Michigan State

Bennie Fowler's 12-Yard Winning Touchdown & Celebration

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There’s no more talked-about position than quarterback, and for obvious reasons. The quarterback, more times than not, is the face of the team, and has his hands on the ball every snap. That being the case, fans love to follow a good quarterback battle.

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Dienhart: My 2013 All-Big Ten Spring Team

Devin Gardner

Seven-Year-Old Jack Hoffman Runs For Touchdown

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The Big Ten put a wrap on spring football last weekend, with Iowa and Minnesota playing the final spring games in the conference. Now, the long offseason begins. But, honestly, this is when players get better—not from September to December.

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Iowa's offense shows some flashes


Iowa Spring Game Highlights

Iowa had a lot of work to do in spring drills coming off a 4-8 season that was the program’s worst since 2000. The offense, which struggled mightily last season and had just seven touchdown passes, may have turned a corner this spring under second-year coordinator Greg Davis. No doubt, the offense looked good in the spring game. The defense also may have found a playmaker up front.

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Gophers offense shows progress


Jerry Kill Post-Spring Game Interview

Minnesota officially is pointed toward Year Three under Jerry Kill, putting a cap on spring drills with a game today. The team showed improvement from its first year under Kill to last season. The 2013 season could be the best yet, as it looks to pass better and make more big plays on offense, while tightening up the run defense.

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Spring Preview: Gophers look to take big step

Two years into the Jerry Kill era, and progress at Minnesota is tangible. The Golden Gophers went from 3-9 in 2011 to 6-7, earning a bowl bid. The next step: move out of the basement of the Legends Division and win a postseason game for the first time since 2004. Year Three has been a charm for Kill at his last two stops, going 10-3 at Northern Illinois and 10-2 at Southern Illinois. To continue that trend in Dinkytown, big keys will be developing some big-play ability on offense and tightening the defense vs. the run. And the special teams need lots of improvement. This is an underrated coaching staff that’s capable of doing it all.

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Spring Preview: Work ahead for Hawkeyes

Mark Weisman

Iowa Spring Game Preview

There is a sense of urgency in Iowa City, as the Hawkeyes look to rebound from the school’s worst season since 2000. There has been plenty of work to do on both sides of the ball, but the offense has the most heavy lifting. Except for running back and line, Iowa has questions on offense. The defense? A search for playmakers up front is on. That has made this an interesting spring for the Hawkeyes, as Kirk Ferentz begins his 15th season on campus.

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Film Session: Ohio State OC Tom Herman

November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) talks on a headset in the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Tom Herman Film Session


Offensive coordinators under Urban Meyer go on to big things. There’s Steve Addazio and Dan Mullen, to name a couple. BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo thinks a similar fate could be in store for Meyer’s current OC, Tom Herman, whose offense averaged a Big Ten-best 37.2 points last season. DiNardo sat down with Herman recently for our latest “Film Session.” Watch the full segment here.

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Penn State QB Steven Bench opts to transfer

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It was a surprise to see news that Steven Bench is transferring from Penn State. He appeared to be in the thick of the quarterback chase to replace Matt McGloin, competing with JC transfer Tyler Ferguson along with walk-ons D.J. Crook and Austin Whipple this spring.

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Will Hawkeyes bounce back and make bowl?

Kirk Ferentz

Greg Davis - Gerry DiNardo Conversation

Everyone associated with the Iowa football program would love to forget the 2012 season. It was a struggle all around, in pretty much every facet, as the Hawkeyes finished 4-8 and missed out on a bowl game for the first time since 2007. Can this year’s new-look team get back to the postseason?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their thoughts in this post.

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Debate It: Can Wildcats win Legends Division?

Pat Fitzgerald

Kain Colter Rushed for 4 Touchdowns

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The way Northwestern finished the 2012 season, culminating in the program’s first bowl win since the 1948 Rose Bowl, coupled with the fact it returns much of its skill position talent, expectations are quite high in Evanston. In fact, some are wondering if the Wildcats – yes, the Wildcats – have what it takes to play for their first Big Ten title since 2000. Do they?’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss in this post.

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Here's the best from Saturday's spring games

Brent Wilkerson

The Bullough's Brother-to-Brother Pass

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Saturday featured a trio of Big Ten spring games on BTN/BTN2Go. Watch all of our spring football highlights and interviews here. If you missed Saturday’s Michigan State, Penn State or Wisconsin game, find all the best moments in this post.

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Dienhart: Joel Stave, Badgers looked impressive

Joel Stave

Joel Stave Interview

Wisconsin took its next big step in the new Gary Andersen regime today in the spring game. Many key players sat out the game, but the Badgers debuted their new 3-4 defensive scheme. And the offense came out throwing for a unit that needs to find a quarterback and some playmaking receivers. Here are some observations.

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Video:'s Tom Dienhart visits BTN telecast

Tom Dienhart

Tom Dienhart Visits Badgers Spring Game senior writer Tom Dienhart was in Madison, Wis., for Wisconsin’s spring game Saturday afternoon. Dienhart joined the telecast during the second half to offer his thoughts on the new-look Badgers. Watch Dienhart’s segment with the BTN crew now and get his tweets from the game in this post.

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Dienhart: Plenty of questions remain for MSU offense

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Aaron Burbridge Catches Deep Pass

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Michigan State entered spring drills with few big questions on defense. In fact, the Spartans may have the Big Ten’s top defense—again. But the offense still has some big questions to answer after the spring game today. Here are some observations.

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