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Spartans to host Buckeyes under the lights Nov. 8

If you enjoyed last season’s Big Ten title game – who didn’t?! – you’ll want to leave the night of Nov. 8 open. That’s because the Big Ten announced Thursday that Michigan State will host Ohio State under the lights (8 ET) for the first time in a rematch of last season’s memorable clash at Lucas Oil Stadium. [ MORE: View our Michigan State homepage | Ohio State homepage ] The Spartans won the game, 34-24, on their way to claiming the Rose Bowl title, the program’s first since taking the 1988 game. As a result of Thursday’s announcement, Michigan

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Which stars are attending 2014 B1G Media Days?

The Big Ten announced Thursday the 42 student-athletes scheduled to attend the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, July 28-29 at the Hilton Chicago. The 43rd annual event will mark the first official appearance of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten and will feature 20 returning all-conference selections and all 14 head coaches. Nebraska star running back Ameer Abdullah will speak on behalf of the players at the Kickoff Luncheon. EAST DIVISION INDIANA David Cooper, Sr., LB Nate Sudfeld, Jr., QB Shane Wynn, Sr., WR* *** MARYLAND C.J. Brown,

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Big Ten players on Nagurski & Outland watch lists

It’s early July, and that means it’s preseason college football awards watch lists season. See which Big Ten players were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy watch lists in this post. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart ranks Big Ten special teams units ] Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Defensive Player): Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State; Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State; Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State; Frank Clark, DE, Michigan; Blake Countess, DB, Michigan; Carl Davis, DT, Iowa; Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State; Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska; Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan; Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State Outland Trophy (Interior lineman): Jack

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Drafting current Big Ten players in the NBA

I love the NBA Draft. I also love writing the occasional “what-if” article that makes people think about what could have been. Anytime I get a chance to whip up a combination of the two, I’m going to take that opportunity and run with it… In this case, sprint with it. I began thinking about past Big Ten draft picks and how they have fared in the NBA. What if every current Big Ten pro, not including this year’s draft class, was filtered into a one-round NBA Draft? I’m going to tell you, but first, let me set the guidelines

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Spartans rule special teams unit rankings

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. [ MORE: Five B1G stars named to Lou Groza or Ray Award watch lists ] 1. Michigan State. The Spartans are sitting pretty with punter Mike Sadler and kicker Michael Geiger. Sadler has deft touch, pacing the nation in punts downed inside the 10-yard line.

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Big Ten players on Lou Groza, Ray Guy watch lists

It’s early July, and that means it’s preseason college football awards watch lists season. See which Big Ten players were named to the Lou Groza Award and Ray Guy Award watch lists in this post. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart ranks Big Ten special teams units ] Lou Groza Award (Kicker): Brad Craddock, Maryland; Michael Geiger, Michigan State Ray Guy Award (Punter): Cameron Johnston, Ohio State; Peter Mortell, Minnesota; Mike Sadler, Michigan State Here’s a look at the full schedule of preseason watch lists: Thursday, July 10 – Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player by the

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Adreian Payne prepares for his next life journey

There is a rubber bracelet that rests on Adreian Payne’s wrist, small in size, but monumental in importance. The words “Love Like Lacey” printed across the front of the band, in honor of the late Lacey Holsworth, who lost her battle with cancer just three months ago. The loss has been challenging for Payne, which is why he has made a vow to always keep a piece of Lacey with him at all times. The bracelet, which is purple in honor of Lacey’s favorite color, serves as a reminder of a young girl who Payne refers to as “his angel.”

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Tim Beck Q&A: What to expect from Nebraska in 2014

The Big Ten West division shapes up as an interesting, wide-open race, with several schools having legit chances to win it. One of those clubs is Nebraska, a relatively young team with just 13 seniors. A big reason for optimism is the offense, which could be among the best in the Big Ten. Tim Beck’s unit ranked No. 58 in the nation (412.4 ypg) last year while playing most of the season without quarterback Taylor Martinez. Lots of key personnel is back, including Ameer Abdullah, last season’s Big Ten rushing leader, and quarterback Tommy Armstrong, who went 7-1 as a

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

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. [ MORE: Read all of Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten football coverage ] 1. Michigan State. This group has become famous for its “No Fly Zone” moniker. Expect more standout play even with CB Darqueze Dennard gone. Trae Waynes is the new star corner.

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Big Ten players on Mackey & Rimington watch lists

It’s early July, and that means it’s preseason college football awards watch lists season. See which Big Ten players were named to the Mackey Award an Rimington Trophy watch lists in this post. Mackey Award (Tight end): Kyle Carter, Penn State; Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State; Jesse James, Penn State; Tyler Kroft, Rutgers; Maxx Williams, Minnesota Rimington Trophy (Center): Jack Allen, Michigan State; Austin Blythe, Iowa; Betim Bujari, Rutgers; Sal Conaboy, Maryland; Robert Kugler, Purdue; Tommy Olson, Minnesota; Mark Pelini, Nebraska; Collin Rahrig, Indiana; Brandon Vitabile, Northwestern; Dan Voltz, Wisconsin Here’s a look at the full schedule of preseason watch lists: