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Mailbag: Our expert answers your questions

It’s a long, hot summer day, which means the college football season is fast approaching. Add it all up, and it’s a good time to dig through my mailbag. You have questions, and I have answers. See my answers to your latest questions in this post. [ MORE: Dienhart ranks top offensive lines | Defensive lines | Linebackers  ] I think it will be difficult for Ohio State and Michigan to win the Big Ten title game a week after playing each other in an intense rivalry contest. Or am I making excuses for last year’s Buckeyes’ loss to Michigan

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Nebraska paces linebacker unit rankings

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. Here’s my ranking of the Big Ten’s linebacking corps. [ MORE: Top offensive lines | Defensive lines | Offensive backfields ] 1. Nebraska. This group took some lumps in recent years but now looks primed to excel. Athletic ability and speed abound. Michael Rose will work inside. Zaire Anderson—maybe the most consistent of the bunch–and David Santos—who used to work inside–are on the flanks. Josh

Melvin Gordon

Big Ten players on Maxwell, Bednarik watch lists

It’s the first Monday in July, and that means it’s preseason college football awards watch lists season. See which Big Ten players were named to the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award lists and view the full schedule of preseason watch lists in this post. Maxwell Award: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska; Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State; Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland; Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan; Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan; Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin; Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State; Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State; Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern; Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State Bednarik Award: Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State; Joey Bosa, DE,

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Buckeyes lead defensive line unit rankings

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. See my full rankings in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten’s top offensive lines | Big Ten’s top pass-catchers ] 1. Ohio State. This may be the finest front in the USA. Ends Noah Spence and Joey Bosa are formidable, combining for 15.5 sacks. Bosa was a true freshman phenom in 2013. Michael Bennett is a monster tackle. Running mate Adolphus Washington

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Week in Review: Scarlet Knights, Terps join B1G

Our BTN.com team officially wishes all you Big Ten fans a Happy Fourth of July. It’s been a busy week here in Big Ten country, as we welcomed two new members to the conference in Maryland and Rutgers. Here is a look back at the past week and a recap of our top stories leading up to the holiday weekend. [ MORE: View all of our Maryland and Rutgers welcoming coverage ] MARYLAND – Now that Maryland is officially a member of the Big Ten conference, you’re going to want to keep up with a constant flow of Terrapin athletics.

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Terps top Big Ten pass-catcher rankings

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. See my full rankings in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten’s top offensive backfields | Big Ten’s top offensive lines ] 1. Maryland. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better tandem than Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, who each saw 2013 end early after suffering broken legs vs. Wake Forest. Even though he missed six games, Diggs still netted honorable mention All-ACC honors. Nigel King and Amba

Russell Wilson

Seven Big Ten names up for ESPY Award on July 16

Who was the best male college athlete from the 2014 sports year? How about the best male U.S. Olympian? Those are just two of the six categories in which a current or former Big Ten athlete is nominated for at this year’s ESPY Awards on July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. The award show gathers top athletes from around the world to commemorate the past year in sports. This year, there are seven current or former Big Ten athletes who are up for awards. Here is a look at the list. BEST NFL PLAYER: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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Seven B1G coaches land on ESPN.com's top 50 list

It was only a matter of time before ESPN.com’s countdown of the top 50 men’s basketball coaches reached Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. It did on Wednesday, with Izzo earning the No. 3 spot. Barring a huge surprise – don’t hold your breath – Izzo is the seventh and final Big Ten coach on the list. See all the Big Ten coaches who made the cut in this post. [ MORE: View Big Ten basketball stats | See final Big Ten standings ] 3. Tom Izzo, Michigan State 7. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin 9. John Beilein, Michigan 20. Thad Matta, Ohio State

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Iowa leads Big Ten's offensive line rankings

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? Check out the Big Ten offensive line unit rankings. Big uglies can be beautiful. [ MORE: Penn State tops offensive backfield rankings ] 1. Iowa. A strong line typically always is a calling card of this program under Kirk Ferentz. This season will feature another strong wall. Left tackle Brandon Scherff is one of the best in the nation. Not bad for a high school quarterback. Fellow tackle Andrew Donnal

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Clothes Call: Maryland football uniforms

Welcome to the Big Ten, Maryland! Now that the Terrapins are an official member of the Big Ten, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the school’s much-talked-about football uniforms. Check out a photo gallery in this post that includes Maryland’s uniform of choice for every 2013 game. Outfitted by Under Armour, Maryland pretty much makes a statement every time it takes the field — or any playing surface, for that matter. [ MORE: umterps.com: View 2013-14 Maryland athletic uniforms ] The Terps, depending on the day, can go plain, either all-white or all-black, or