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Unit Rankings: OSU headlines Big Ten East offensive backfield list

Ohio State Spring Game

Ezekiel Elliot spring game interview

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The Big Ten East is home to two of the conference’s top backfields at Ohio State and Michigan State. In fact, the Buckeye backfield may be the best in the nation. Quarterback issues loom at Michigan, Rutgers and Maryland, while Penn State, Indiana, Michigan and MSU need to solidify their running back spots.

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Backup QB rankings: Illini in good hands

Reilly O'Toole

Spencer Harris Touchdown Catch

He’s often one of the most popular men on campus. Fans often clamor to see him buckle his chinstrap and trot onto the field: He’s the backup quarterback. When an offense is struggling, the No. 2 signal-caller is a favorite. Who is your school’s backup quarterback? How confident should you be in him? Get my ranking in this post.

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Spartans rule special teams unit rankings

Macgarrett Kings Jr.

Bentley's 100-Yard Kickoff Return

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Specials teams are often the overlooked area of teams, but they’re the essential third component that can make or break a game or a season. That big return, booming punt that flips the field or clutch last-second field goal often looms large in any game. Here’s a look at the Big Ten special teams units.

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DB rankings: Spartans' 'No Fly Zone' tops B1G

Trae Waynes

Kurtis Drummond's Awesome 1-Hand Interception

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Few schools have played defense as well as Michigan State in recent years. And a big reason for the success has been the secondary, a unit known for its aggressive, press-man coverage. MSU will have another talented secondary in 2014. In fact, it will be the best in the conference. Here’s a look at Big Ten defensive backfields.

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Nebraska paces linebacker unit rankings

David Santos

Chi Chi Ariguzo Interception

Linebackers are the heart and soul of any good defense. Speed, strength, athletic ability, toughness … they must embody all of it. And no Big Ten team has a better collection of linebackers than Nebraska.

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Buckeyes lead defensive line unit rankings

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Noah Spence with the Sack

The Big Ten unit rankings continue with a look at the defensive lines. And, there are three standout fronts in the league, paced by Ohio State. In fact, the Buckeyes may have the best d-line in the nation.

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Terps top Big Ten pass-catcher rankings

Big Ten Wide Receivers

Bell Goes Up Top for the One-Handed Grab, Touchdown!

I continue my Big Ten unit rankings with a look at the receiving/tight end corps. There is no shortage of good targets, with Big Ten newcomer Maryland featuring a monster collection of pass-catchers.

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Iowa leads Big Ten's offensive line rankings

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Weisman Scores 2nd TD of the Day

Ask any coach, and he’ll tell you games are won in the trenches. So, that means teams ranked highly on this list should be in store for good seasons, right?

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Penn State tops offensive backfield rankings

Christian Hackenberg

Zwinak's 50 Yard Touchdown Rush

The dog days of summer are settling in. That means two things: The Cubs’ season is officially over, and it’s time to look at the Big Ten units. I’ll begin with a look at the offensive backfields. And, as you’ll see, there is a lot of talent at running back—as well as some top-flight quarterbacks.

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Dienhart: Big Ten backup QB rankings

Cameron Coffman

Cody Latimer 30 Yard Touchdown

Often, the most popular player on campus is the backup quarterback. The guy holding the clipboard and wearing a baseball cap typically is perceived as being the answer to every struggling offense. On that note, here’s my ranking of the Big Ten backup quarterback situations.

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Dienhart: It's time to rank Big Ten secondaries

Bradley Roby

Bradley Roby Interception Touchdown

There are some nice defensive backfields in the Big Ten. And none is better than Ohio State’s. In fact, the Buckeyes may have the top secondary in the nation, which is one of many reasons why Ohio State is a legit national title contender. Here’s my ranking of the Big Ten defensive backfields.

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