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Penn State: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

Penn State's Gerald Hodges

2012 Kickoff Luncheon: Bill O'Brien

Penn State is entering a difficult era of NCAA probation and sanctions that figure to cripple the program for years. But first-year coach Bill O’Brien is moving forward undaunted and undeterred. The Nittany Lions can’t go to a bowl or win the Big Ten title, so O’Brien and Company must focus on regular-season success in the dawn of the post-Joe Paterno era that began in 1966. Penn State will have a chance to impact who wins the conference crown with games vs. the likes of Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska, as it aims to begin the healing process in pursuit of the best record possible.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Northwestern OC Mick McCall

Northwestern's Kain Colter

2012 Kickoff Luncheon: Hoke and Fitzgerald

Mick McCall’s offense is ticking at Northwestern. The Wildcat offensive coordinator, who is in his fifth season on the job, has developed one of the more consistently potent offenses in the Big Ten under Pat Fitzgerald. Last season, the attack ranked second overall in the Big Ten (420.9).

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Ohio State: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

Ohio State's Bradley Roby

Urban Meyer Media Day 2012

At Ohio State, it’s about turning the page. A new era has begun—and the possibilities seem limitless. Last season was difficult, as the Buckeyes endured the program’s first losing season (6-7) since 1988, which was John Cooper’s first campaign. The program also was shackled with NCAA probation stemming from the Jim Tressel era.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Michigan State OC Dan Roushar

Andrew Maxwell

2012 Kickoff Luncheon: Dantonio and Wilson

After Don Treadwell left to be head coach of Miami (Ohio) after the 2010 season, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio turned to offensive line coach Dan Roushar to be offensive coordinator. And that has proven to be a good move. Last season, the Spartan attack ranked fourth in the Big Ten, averaging 390.4 yards during an 11-3 season that included a Legends Division crown and triple-overtime Outback Bowl victory over Georgia.

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Silas Redd makes it official, transfers to USC

Silas Redd looks on during warmups prior to the game against Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: PSU's Redd to Transfer to USC

Star tailback Silas Redd is bolting Penn State for Southern California. The 1,200-yard rusher opted Tuesday to leave a Nittany Lions program facing stiff sanctions handed down by the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Among the penalties was a four-year postseason ban.

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Northwestern: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

Northwestern's Kain Colter

2012 Kickoff Luncheon: Hoke and Fitzgerald

It’s four bowls in a row and counting for Northwestern. And that’s a school record. The next goal: Win the program’s first postseason game since claiming the Rose Bowl after the 1948 season. If you are scoring in Evanston, that’s nine bowl defeats in succession. Pat Fitzgerald knows all of this. And it keeps him motivated. His offense has been clicking and doing its part in recent years.

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