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  1. Big Ten questions for first playoff ranking

    Brian Bennett

    The College Football Playoff selection committee will release its first weekly top 25 national rankings next week. It still eludes me why the committee needs to rank 25 teams when it is only picking the top 12 for the playoff spots and contract bo...

    Blog | October 22, 2014
  2. MSU highlights student attendance woes

    Brian Bennett

    How do you get students to fill up their sections at football games and stay for the duration? That's been a growing concern for schools around the nation and particularly in the Big Ten in recent years, and Saturday's Nebraska-Michigan State game...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  3. Michigan State Spartans CBs make it a bumpy ride for WRs in 'No F...

    Brian Bennett

    Michigan State's dominating defense is unlike any other in college football thanks to its fearless CBs who patrol the "No Fly Zone."

    Story | Conversation | October 02, 2014
  4. Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati Bearcats trying to scale College Foo...

    Brian Bennett

    Tommy Tuberville helped change the BCS when he was at Auburn. Now the coach at Cincinnati, he and the Bearcats have a plan to shake up the College Football Playoff.

    Story | Conversation | September 24, 2014
  5. Big Ten morning links

    Brian Bennett

    A few thoughts after a wild weekend of football: 1. The revival of Gary Nova under offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen had become a popular narrative, and the Rutgers quarterback did have a decent opening game at Washington State. But Nova's bad ...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  6. Abdullah's Heisman campaign gets charge

    Brian Bennett

    One of the joys of being a football writer is the unexpected things that arrive in the mail during the fall. Today, the mailman brought a special goodie from Nebraska: Nebraska has sent out this pack of double-A batteries to promote Ameer Abdullah...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  7. Northern Illinois trolls Fighting Illini in ad

    Brian Bennett

    Northern Illinois beat Northwestern 23-15 last weekend, after which I wrote that the Huskies have the best football program in the state of Illinois. The school's alumni group must feel that way, too, judging by this full-page ad in Friday's Chica...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  8. PSU paid price, deserves to be back

    Brian Bennett

    No one could argue that the Penn State football program did not pay a severe price for the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal. Sure, there were people who believed then and perhaps now that the Nittany Lions deserved the death penalty for the scho...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  9. What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 2

    Brian Bennett

    The Big Ten went 8-5 in Week 2, and we learned some things in the process. Brace yourself; this won't be pretty. 1. The Midwest misery index is at an all-time high: Don't completely count out the Big Ten from the College Football Playoff; we're a ...

    Blog | September 07, 2014
  10. B1G players in Week 1 spotlight

    Brian Bennett

    Just a little more than 24 hours now before the first Big Ten team kicks off the season. We've waited so long for football to return that we'll even eagerly gobble up games against FCS opponents this weekend. There's so much to look forward to, in...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  11. The game neither Appalachian State nor Michigan will ever forget

    Brian Bennett

    It was an upset that made Rocky jealous; the coaches and players involved in Appalachian State's 2007 upset over Michigan explain how it happened.

    Story | Conversation | August 27, 2014
  12. A B1G youth movement at receiver

    Brian Bennett

    Like many football coaches, Penn State's James Franklin subscribes to the theory that young players can contribute quickly at wide receiver. "The farther from the ball you are, the better chance you have to get on the field early," Franklin said T...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  13. Miller injury upends entire Big Ten

    Brian Bennett

    Winning championships in college football no longer requires having an experienced quarterback. Last year's BCS national title game featured a pair of teams who started a redshirt freshman (Florida State's Jameis Winston) and a junior-college tran...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  14. Oregon game looms large for Spartans

    Brian Bennett

    When Michigan State Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis first told football coach Mark Dantonio about his plan to schedule a home-and-home series with the Oregon Ducks, Dantonio did not wrestle his boss to the ground, scream obscenities or start u...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  15. Schedule analysis: Michigan State

    Brian Bennett

    One more week without football. You can do it! Until kickoff finally gets here, we've been looking forward and analyzing every Big Ten team's 2014 schedule. Wrapping up our series is the defending champion, Michigan State Spartans. Nonconferenc...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  16. Big Ten morning links

    Brian Bennett

    Actual college football returns next week. Huzzah. And players are likely celebrating as well, because training camps are winding to a close. Depth charts are also shaping up as well as teams move nearer toward preparing for Week 1. But some key j...

    Blog | August 18, 2014