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  1. B1G offseason activities -- West Division

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    The offseason can be a time of rest and relaxation. Or maybe it's a perfect time for some team building. Or working a camp. Or raising some money for charity. Or just having fun. We're taking a look at how teams have been spending their offseason...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  2. Big Ten in ESPN's bowl projections

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    ESPN.com colleagues Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach took their stabs at projecting all the 2014 bowl games this week. Is predicting bowl game matchups in late May folly? Well, sure. But it also gives us something fun to talk about in these dead ...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  3. Post-spring roundtable: West Division

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    With spring practice now in the rear-view mirror, your faithful Big Ten reporters thought it would be a good time to share some of our thoughts from the spring that was. Between us, we saw 10 of the 14 Big Ten teams in person this spring and we follo...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  4. Fact or fiction: B1G coaches' hot seats

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    Last week, in response to a mailbag question from reader and Rutgers fan Ed, I came up with a hot-seat ranking for all the coaches in the Big Ten. That list sparked a bit of discussion in some places, notably Nebraska. How accurate were my ranking...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  5. Our All-Big Ten second team choices

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    Officially, we only do a first-team All-Big Ten here at the ol' blog. But there were tough decisions and plenty of players deserving of recognition in the 2013 season. So if we had to do a second team, here's what it would look like: Offense QB...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  6. What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 13

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    Five lessons from the week that was in Big Ten football: 1. The Big Ten title game will tell a lot about both participants: The desired matchup is set for the league championship game, as Ohio State and Michigan State will meet Dec. 7 in Indianapo...

    Blog | November 24, 2013
  7. What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 10

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    Lessons learned from a (finally) full day of conference action: 1. Mark Dantonio's Spartans own the state: The buzz around the Big Ten during the offseason was that Ohio State and Michigan soon would separate themselves, creating a Big 2-Little 10...

    Blog | November 03, 2013
  8. What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 9

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    Five lessons from the week that was in Big Ten football: 1. Ohio State can win with style points: We knew the Buckeyes had it in them, but they hadn't put together a truly dominant performance in Big Ten play until Saturday night against Penn Stat...

    Blog | October 27, 2013
  9. Take Two: Big Ten bowl hopefuls

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    Big Ten bloggers Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett will occasionally give their takes on a burning question facing the league. We'll both have strong opinions, but not necessarily the same view. We'll let you decide which blogger is right. Through...

    Blog | October 22, 2013
  10. Big Ten predictions: Week 8

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    The second half begins this week, and it should be a very close race -- in our predictions contest, that is. Adam leads by one game, thanks to his correct pick of Penn State in a quadruple-overtime thriller. Yep, it's that close. Let's kick off th...

    Blog | October 17, 2013
  11. Big Ten bowl projections: Week 6

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    If you want to see the changes in our bowl projections this week, work your way up from the bottom of the list. Really, there wasn't a whole lot this week that changed our minds about the top of the projections. Ohio State retains the Rose Bowl sp...

    Blog | October 06, 2013
  12. What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 6

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    Five lessons learned from a full week of conference play on Saturday: 1. Ohio State can handle adversity; will it be enough? Ohio State hadn't trailed all season before finding itself in a dogfight at Northwestern in which it had to come from behi...

    Blog | October 06, 2013
  13. Big Ten predictions: Week 6

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    Adam has a one-game lead in the standings, and we've got five interesting league contests to forecast this week. Without further ado, the crystal ball says ... PENN STATE at INDIANA Brian Bennett: Indiana is 0-16 against Penn State, so yo...

    Blog | October 03, 2013
  14. Big Ten bowl projections: Week 5

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    Half of the league was off in Week 5, and Ohio State maintained its perch atop the league, so we didn't make too many changes in the projections. Wisconsin is among the nation's best two-loss teams and could run the table the rest of the way, putt...

    Blog | September 29, 2013
  15. Big Ten bowl projections: Week 4

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    Nonconference play is just about finished in the Big Ten, save for a few more stray games. The last two-thirds of the season will really determine who ends where in the postseason. But, as we do every week, we're attempting to project those bowl b...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  16. Big Ten bowl projections: Week 3

    Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

    We're officially a quarter of the way through the Big Ten regular season, and the action Saturday taught us more about the league's teams than any other day had. Time to make some educated guesses -- and they are guesses -- on the conference's bowl l...

    Blog | September 15, 2013