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Northwestern's Kain Colter

Analyzing Northwestern's 2012 schedule

Now I turn my attention to Northwestern as I take a closer look at the 2012 football schedule for the Wildcats. They’ve got two challenging home games and a back-to-back set on the road that rivals any two-game stretch in the Big Ten. I circle the game on the calendar that could be the toughest and easiest for Pat Fitzgerald and his team this fall. My previous schedule analysis posts are still available as we’ve now covered Illinois through Northwestern. The rest come out next week. Agree or disagree with any of my assessments? Come tell me in the comments

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Friday Softball & Baseball Roundup

Several Big Ten teams took to the diamond Friday as the Big Ten softball regular season comes to a close this weekend. Illinois softball suffered a pair of losses against Northwestern, falling in game one, 3-2, before dropping the second contest, 7-3. Watch highlights of that game now and jump inside for more, including baseball wrap-ups from Seattle University vs. Ohio State where Aaron Craft made a cameo visit. The Ohio State baseball team opened its three-game set with Seattle with a 4-1 victory Friday evening: Penn State baseball coach Robbie Wine talks after the Nittany Lions picked up its

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Dienhart: Ranking 2012's Big Ten QBs

The Big Ten will be bolstered by the return of nine starting quarterbacks in 2012. The only schools breaking in new starters under center are Michigan State (Kirk Cousins gone), Northwestern (Dan Persa gone) and Wisconsin (Russell Wilson gone). Without a doubt here, Michigan’s Denard Robinson looks like the top quarterback in the league. Could he become the first Big Ten quarterback to win the Heisman since Ohio State’s Troy Smith turned the trick in 2006? Let’s fire up the debate. Following is my ranking of each Big Ten quarterback who is projected to start in 2012. 1. Denard Robinson,

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Swing Away! Softball Teams Battle for Title

The Big Ten softball regular season comes to a close this weekend and Michigan is one of six Big Ten softball teams playing part of BTN’s softball triple-header tonight: Ohio State at Penn State, 4 p.m. ET; Purdue at Michigan, 6 p.m.; Iowa at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Full TV schedule here. Here’s a fun video from our colleagues at  So this week Michigan coach Carol Hutchins wanted to take a bit of pressure off her team by throwing batting practice using fruits and vegetables. It’s smash time! No. 22 Michigan holds a game-and-a-half lead over Iowa and a two

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Big Ten Q&A: Michigan's Al Borges

Michigan was one of the nation’s most surprising teams last season under first-year coach Brady Hoke. The Wolverines finished 11-2, capping the remarkable season with a Sugar Bowl triumph over Virginia Tech. Some of the credit for Hoke’s remarkable debut has to go to offensive coordinator Al Borges. This week I caught up with Borges  to ask him—among other things–about quarterback Denard Robinson, how Devin Gardner will be used and to compare the SEC and Big Ten. It’ the latest in my series of one-on-one interviews, which have included Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, Indiana’s Kevin Wilson, and Michigan State’s Mark


Analyzing Minnesota's 2012 schedule

Jerry Kill enters his second year as Minnesota’s head football coach and the challenges of the 2012 season are clear. What is one must-win game? When could the Gophers possibly pull off an upset?  What could be the bumpiest stretch for Kill and Company? I lay it out here in my latest team-specific schedule analysis. Have a look at my previous posts – we’ve now done Illinois through Minnesota alphabetically. The rest come out in the coming days. And tell me what you think about the Gophers’ schedule in the comments section, or come tell me on Twitter and Facebook.

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NCAA Projections Signal Tourney Time

The Big Ten Baseball Tournament right around the corner, which means the NCAA baseball tourney isn’t far away either. A number of sites are rolling out their tourney projections, including Writer Kendall Roger has Purdue winning the Big Ten’s automatic bid as the No. 1 seed in the Gary Regional, one of sixteen regional brackets in the 64-team tournament. By the way, we featured Purdue’s baseball team earlier this season so you can get to know the squad by watching the video in this post. To review: The winner of the Big Ten tournament gets the conference’s standing bid.

Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Analyzing Michigan State's 2012 Schedule

Michigan State’s 2012 football schedule is an interesting one, partly because of what happens right from the start. And you can be sure there is a very rugged three-game stretch in the second half of their season. This post on the Spartans is just the latest in my series analyzing the upcoming schedules by Big Ten school. Have a look at my previous posts, and I’ll have the rest of them rolled out in the coming days. Feel free to leave me your own take on this schedule and any others comments section, or come tell me on Twitter and

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Dienhart: Q&A with Purdue's Danny Hope

Danny Hope admits that this is his best team at Purdue. He enters his fourth season in West Lafayette with a 16-21 record (10-14 Big Ten) after first arriving from Eastern Kentucky as Purdue’s head-coach-in-waiting in 2008 under Joe Tiller. Hope assumed command in 2009 and guided Purdue to its first bowl since 2007 last season, when the Boilers downed Western Michigan in the Little Caesar’s Bowl. Now, Hope is aiming for more. His tenure has been marked by knee injuries to key players. Running back Ralph Bolden and quarterbacks Robert Marve and Rob Henry have incurred knee injuries that

Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback James Vandenberg (16) drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners during the fourth quarter of the 2011 Insight Bowl at the Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

Tuesday Links: Who Shines on Offense in 2012?

What is buzzing in Big Ten football circles? Keep reading and clicking your mouse, but here’s one question to ponder:  Is Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg one of the best offensive players in the Big Ten? Hmmm. It’s a question posed by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg on his Big Ten blog and addressed by Mike Hlas at the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Rittenberg wonders which players are capable of challenging Wisconsin running back Montee Ball for top offensive honors. In addition to Vandenberg, Rittenberg likes Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead and Penn State running back Silas Redd. Who are