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  1. Gophers slow-playing their way to success

    Adam Rittenberg

    College football has become fast food. More teams are ingesting as much as possible, as quickly as possible, and putting bloated numbers on the scoreboard. Games like last Saturday's captivating track meet between Baylor and TCU -- it featured 1,2...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  2. Reassessing the B1G after six weeks

    Adam Rittenberg

    If you spent Sunday looking at your spouse, your kids or your dog with raised eyebrows, you're not alone. Blame college football. After weeks like this past one, everyone is reassessing everything. That's what happens when five of the top eight te...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  3. Slumping Wildcats need fiery Fitzgerald

    Adam Rittenberg

    Last month, I drove up to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to attend one of Northwestern's off-site practices at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. I learned absolutely nothing. It was the same day the Big Ten Network's bus tour visited the Wildcats. Barely...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  4. What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 1

    Adam Rittenberg

    Five lessons from the opening week of Big Ten play. 1. Familiar issues preventing Wisconsin from next step: The Badgers had a wonderful chance to springboard themselves into the playoff conversation, as they had a young LSU team down 24-7 in the t...

    Blog | August 31, 2014
  5. Best case/Worst case: Illinois

    Adam Rittenberg

    We are a week away from football, and as the season preview winds down, we are taking a look at the best-case and worst-case scenarios for each Big Ten team in 2014. As a reminder, these aren't actual predictions or even projections of probable ou...

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  6. Wildcats expect to weather latest storm

    Adam Rittenberg

    KENOSHA, Wis. -- Northwestern's practice Thursday began with some players, mostly baritone offensive linemen, singing Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a prayer." It ended with the annual watermelon eating contest. The Wildcats didn't exactly look like a team...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  7. Best case/worst case: Michigan State

    Adam Rittenberg

    Our best- and worst-case series continues its school-by-school journey through the Big Ten. Remember, these are not predictions. They outline potential peaks and valleys and give us an opportunity, before we get down to the business of the season,...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  8. Venric Mark's transfer stunner for Wildcats

    Adam Rittenberg

    After a season of bad breaks (and often bad play) and a spring under national scrutiny, Northwestern hoped its toughest days were in the past. But Wednesday proved to be a very tough day for the program, as standout running back Venric Mark announ...

    Blog | August 13, 2014
  9. Michigan State Spartans season preview

    Adam Rittenberg

    Previewing the 2014 season for the Michigan State Spartans. 2013 overall record: 13-1 (8-0 Big Ten) Key returnees: Connor Cook, QB; Jeremy Langford, RB; Tony Lippett, WR; Jack Allen, C; Jack Conklin, OT; Shilique Calhoun, DE; Marcu...

    Blog | August 11, 2014
  10. Big Ten Friday mailbag

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's been a while, folks. Let's get to those questions. Be sure to follow my new Twitter account (@ESPNRittenberg). Matt from Farmington Hills, Mich., writes: Adam, I think the real X-factor for Michigan this year is Coach Nuss. Lost in the well-d...

    Blog | August 01, 2014
  11. Revsine book bridges sport's past, present

    Adam Rittenberg

    What do you really know about the origins of college football? If you're like me, you think of Ivy League types meeting on fields before small crowds. It was a simpler game -- no forward pass until 1906 -- played at a simpler time. The big topics ...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  12. B1G coaches see playoff as equalizer

    Adam Rittenberg

    CHICAGO -- The preseason primping in college football is over. The beauty contest has been canceled. If the playoff selection committee does its job, nothing that is said, written or ranked between now and early October will matter. And that's a v...

    Blog | July 29, 2014
  13. The most quotable B1G coaches, players

    Adam Rittenberg

    You've probably figured out that Big Ten media days are coming, as we've been previewing them extensively. As a reminder, we will be taking Twitter questions for all 12 coaches as well as the following players: Nate Sudfeld, C.J. Brown, Frank Clark, ...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  14. B1G media day preview: Northwestern

    Adam Rittenberg

    SEC media days finally have wrapped up, and several other leagues will be on the stage next week. The Big Ten holds its media festivities July 28-29 in Chicago, and we're running through three questions facing each Big Ten team and the potential answ...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  15. Preseason position preview: Offensive line

    Adam Rittenberg

    Certain position groups define certain leagues, and in the Big Ten, offensive line always will be one of those groups. The big uglies are typically a beautiful sight for many Big Ten fan bases, so we figured we would kick off our preseason position p...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  16. Potential 2014 Big Ten villains

    Adam Rittenberg

    Maryland and Rutgers fans might have the wrong idea about their new Big Ten brethren. For the most part, Midwesterners are excessively nice and hospitable. Coastal arrogance or aloofness has no place in the heartland, and the only frostiness in th...

    Blog | July 10, 2014