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  1. Spring Q&A: Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald

    Adam Rittenberg

    Spring football is under way at Northwestern, which returned to the practice field Saturday. The Wildcats say goodbye to a decorated senior class, which included quarterback Dan Persa, and must fill several key spots on both sides of the ball. Head c...

    Blog | March 06, 2012
  2. Huskers tie it up against Miller-less OSU

    Adam Rittenberg

    LINCOLN, Neb. -- We've got a new ballgame. Nebraska has erased a 21-point deficit and tied the game behind a resurgent offense led by Taylor Martinez. The Huskers look like a completely different team on both sides of the ball, while Ohio State se...

    Blog | October 08, 2011
  3. Familiar feel so far for Michigan

    Adam Rittenberg

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Is Rich Rodriguez hiding around here somewhere? After eight months of talk about how things would change with the Michigan program, the Wolverines look very similar on both sides of the ball. It's not good news for the defense,...

    Blog | September 03, 2011
  4. Iowa releases Week 1 depth chart

    Adam Rittenberg

    It has been a fairly quiet training camp at Iowa despite some position competition on both sides of the ball. The Hawkeyes on Friday released their depth chart for the season opener against Tennessee Tech. Not too many surprises here. A few not...

    Blog | August 26, 2011
  5. Thoughts on wins by Badgers, Spartans

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's all over in West Lafayette and East Lansing, and here are my thoughts. Wisconsin 34, Purdue 13: After a sloppy first half on both sides of the ball, Wisconsin settled down and handled its business. The defense truly set the tone for a second-...

    Blog | November 06, 2010
  6. Penn State trailing Temple at halftime

    Adam Rittenberg

    Al Golden and the Temple Owls are halfway to a historic upset. Penn State needs to get its act together on both sides of the ball. From some soft defense in the first quarter to a failure to get tough yards in plus territory, Penn State played ...

    Blog | September 25, 2010
  7. Big Ten Q&A: Indiana's Bill Lynch, Part I

    Adam Rittenberg

    Anyone who watched Indiana in 2009 could see the obvious improvement that took place in Bloomington. The Hoosiers had a more dynamic offense and good speed on both sides of the ball. But once again, progress didn't translate into a better record, as ...

    Blog | March 16, 2010
  8. Bulaga enters top 10 of latest mock draft

    Adam Rittenberg

    Linemen on both sides of the ball will be popular come NFL draft time, Todd McShay writes Wednesday. That means good news for Iowa left tackle Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga appears at No. 6 -- by far his highest rating -- in McShay's latest first-round ...

    Blog | February 10, 2010
  9. Big Ten players of the decade

    Adam Rittenberg

    Our decade recap continues with a look at the top players in the Big Ten from 2000-09. The league produced just one Heisman Trophy winner, Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith in 2006, but many other national award recipients on both sides of the ball. ...

    Blog | January 19, 2010
  10. Best of the Big Ten bowls

    Adam Rittenberg

    After a successful Big Ten bowl season, let's take a look back: Team of the postseason: Ohio State. The team everyone loves to hate silenced its critics with a terrific performance on both sides of the ball against a favored Oregon team in the Ros...

    Blog | January 11, 2010
  11. Instant analysis: Texas Tech 41, Michigan State 31

    Adam Rittenberg

    A shorthanded Michigan State team put forth a great effort, but made too many mistakes on both sides of the ball to beat Texas Tech. The Spartans blew a fourth-quarter lead and didn't have enough offense to rally in the end, losing 41-31. The Big Ten...

    Blog | January 03, 2010
  12. Who emerged in the Big Ten this spring?

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg Spring practice is often the most competitive time of the year for a football team, and players on both sides of the ball take full advantage. Here's a snapshot of who emerged for each Big Ten team, from w...

    Blog | May 11, 2009
  13. Penn State's Lee expects no drop-off after ACL

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg It's impossible to minimize what Penn State has lost at key positions on both sides of the ball. But think about what the Nittany Lions could regain at linebacker. Randy Li...

    Blog | March 31, 2009
  14. Recruiting needs: Indiana Hoosiers

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg After a 3-9 season that featured regressions on both sides of the ball, Indiana seems like a team with endless recruiting needs. But that's not exactly true. The Hoosiers have several promising pieces in ...

    Blog | January 15, 2009
  15. Northwestern's upset attempt falls just short

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg Northwestern outplayed Missouri for most of the Valero Alamo Bowl. The Wildcats had a tremendous game plan, made big plays on both sides of the ball and kept Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman from ligh...

    Blog | December 30, 2008
  16. Little Brother takes over the Big House

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg By all accounts, Michigan State should have beaten Michigan today. The Spartans are superior on both sides of the ball. They have more experience. They have more familiarity with their head coach and their sche...

    Blog | October 25, 2008