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  1. Tough slates tougher on some B1G teams

    Brian Bennett

    The move toward stronger nonconference schedules by the Big Ten and other leagues is already yielding benefits for fans. As teams gear up to impress the College Football Playoff selection committee, several high-profile intersectional future matchups...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  2. Winners and losers in Big Ten realignment

    Brian Bennett

    As expected, Big Ten officials on Sunday approved new East-West divisions for 2014 and a nine-game conference schedule beginning in 2016. As with any big decision, some benefit more than others. With that in mind, we take a look at the winners and...

    Blog | April 28, 2013
  3. Precocious Nelson has Gophers on move

    Brian Bennett

    Minnesota coach Jerry Kill knew he was getting a special player when he recruited quarterback Philip Nelson. He just didn't expect to reap the benefits so soon. The Gophers had planned to redshirt Nelson this season. But after MarQueis Gray injure...

    Blog | October 31, 2012
  4. Best and worst of the Big Ten byes

    Brian Bennett

    We've analyzed schedules backwards and forwards during this long, torturous offseason, but one thing we haven't taken a close look at it is who benefits most from bye weeks. Now, there is plenty of evidence that suggests bye weeks don't actually h...

    Blog | August 21, 2012
  5. Big East lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Traded in rainy Newport for rainy Orlando. Cincinnati will benefit from money coming into the Big East from Pitt, Syracuse. The Big East is closing in on a commissioner. Who could it be? Desmond Conner of The Hartford Courant with good notes,...

    Blog | August 01, 2012
  6. The Big Ten's top freshmen in 2011

    Brian Bennett

    Truth be told, most coaches probably would like to redshirt all their freshmen, have them spend all year in the weight room and practicing and reap the benefits in Year 5. But that's not how college football works in most cases, and some freshmen are...

    Blog | December 13, 2011
  7. Michigan still needs BCS bump

    Brian Bennett

    Michigan finally got over the hump in its rivalry with Ohio State on Saturday, but it didn't benefit in the latest BCS standings. The 10-2 Wolverines actually fell a spot in the standings, dropping to No. 16 after sitting 15th last week. They must...

    Blog | November 27, 2011
  8. Midseason report: Illinois

    Brian Bennett

    Illinois Fighting Illini Record: 6-0 (2-0 Big Ten) Some teams benefit from an advantageous schedule. Still, it's up to the team to make the most of that advantage. Illinois has definitely done that. Thanks in large part to an ultra-friendly sla...

    Blog | October 11, 2011
  9. Suspended Ohio State Buckeyes players reinstated

    Brian Bennett

    Ohio State players who were suspended shortly before last week's opener against Akron for receiving impermissible benefits have been reinstated, coach Luke Fickell said Tuesday.

    Story | Conversation | September 06, 2011
  10. Marve implicated in Miami allegations

    Brian Bennett

    The allegations by a former Miami booster that he gave Hurricanes players gifts and other benefits has tentacles that reach into the Big Ten. Purdue quarterback Robert Marve, who transferred from Miami, was one of the players booster Nevin Shapiro...

    Blog | August 17, 2011
  11. Minor-league fundraiser for LeGrand

    Brian Bennett

    The Somerset Patriots will host Rutgers Night next month to benefit the "Eric LeGrand Believe Fund." Fans interested in attending the baseball game in Bridgewater, N.J., on Aug. 16 at 7:05 p.m. need to print and mail in this special form for ticke...

    Blog | July 21, 2011
  12. Report: Terrelle Pryor got free golf

    Brian Bennett

    The stories keep trickling out of Columbus about Terrelle Pryor and other Ohio State Buckeyes potentially receiving improper benefits. The latest is a report by Tom Farrey and Justine Gubar of ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that says Pryor and other p...

    Blog | June 10, 2011
  13. UConn shedding 'up-and-coming' label

    Brian Bennett

    Connecticut got back to work Saturday to start preparing for the school's first-ever BCS appearance. The benefits of playing in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma haven't really become tangible yet, but head coach Randy Edsall expects next yea...

    Blog | December 20, 2010
  14. Another Big East prediction

    Brian Bennett

    Posted by's Brian Bennett football writer Dennis Dodd has weighed in with his 2009 Big East predictions. Dodd picks Rutgers to win the league, saying the Scarlet Knights will benefit from their favorable schedule. He has So...

    Blog | June 24, 2009
  15. Spring Q&A: UConn coach Randy Edsall

    Brian Bennett

    Posted by's Brian Bennett There are few coaches who are more respected in the Big East or anywhere else than Randy Edsall. Edsall has taken Connecticut from a start-up FBS outfit to a perennial bowl contender without the benefit of a bou...

    Blog | April 08, 2009
  16. Bulls' bowl season begins

    Brian Bennett

    Posted by's Brian Bennett South Florida will hold its first bowl practice Thursday as the Bulls begin preparations for the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 20 against Memphis. There are benefits and disadvantages to playing on the first...

    Blog | December 11, 2008