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  1. Big Ten awards race tracker: Week 3

    Brian Bennett

    Three weeks' worth of games are in the book. That's not enough to decide the individual award races in the Big Ten, but it won't stop us from figuring out where those races stand. Our Big Ten reporters are voting weekly on the races, with players ...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  2. Conference call: Best of the Big Ten

    Brian Bennett

    Another week, another Big Ten coaches' teleconference. Here are some of the highlights from today's session featuring all 14 league coaches:...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Big Ten viewer's guide: Week 3

    Brian Bennett

    Week 3 arrives with fresh reasons for optimism. There aren't any heavyweight tilts quite like the Week 2 night games, but there aren't many snoozers on this docket, either. And we get the start of Big Ten conference action. Huzzah! Here's your run...

    Blog | September 13, 2014
  5. Big Ten mailbag

    Brian Bennett

    I'm back on the mailbag today. It's been too long. What's on your mind? Fred S. from Washington, D.C., writes: Read with interest regarding a path for BIG to the playoff. I see where you still hold out Michigan State after their 19-point loss. Wh...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Illini look to add their 'signature'

    Brian Bennett

    Illinois is 2-0, though its close-shave victories over Youngstown State and Western Kentucky at home aren't going to impress too many people. So I asked head coach Tim Beckman this week how important it would be for his team to get a so-called sig...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  8. Big Ten awards race tracker: Week 2

    Brian Bennett

    We're only two weeks into the season, but we're taking a weekly look at how the major Big Ten individual awards races are shaping up. All five of our Big Ten reporters are voting weekly on the races, with players receiving five points for a first-...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  9. The Big Ten's path to the playoff

    Brian Bennett

    Week 2 confirmed what many had long suspected: the Big Ten's most recent expansion moves were a mistake. Yes, Maryland and Rutgers are really regretting joining a less relevant league. I kid, I kid! (Hey, it's better to laugh than cry, right?). Th...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  10. Big Ten morning links

    Brian Bennett

    All summer, we looked forward to the three Big Ten night games in Week 2 as the league's best opportunity to make a statement. Unfortunately for the conference, it proved the worst kind of statement possible, as all three league teams lost by double ...

    Blog | September 08, 2014
  11. Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 2

    Brian Bennett

    It was not a great Week 2 in the Big Ten, to put it kindly. But there were still some standout performances, and we're here to recognize them with these helmet stickers: Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah: The Huskers senior rushed for only 54 yards (a...

    Blog | September 07, 2014
  12. 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
  13. Big Ten viewer's guide: Week 2

    Brian Bennett

    Week 2 in the Big Ten brings three titanic tilts at night, a few decent afternoon games and a handful of chaff. We're here to get you ready for all the action, as every league team but Indiana hits the field Saturday (all times listed are ET): Noo...

    Blog | September 06, 2014
  14. Big Ten morning links

    Brian Bennett

    He's only 19, it's important to remember, and his college experience consists of just 13 games. Yet how many quarterbacks would you take right now over Penn State's Christian Hackenberg if your team needed to orchestrate a game-winning drive? Flor...

    Blog | September 01, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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