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  1. Best and worst of 2012: Indiana

    Adam Rittenberg

    Our series examining the best and worst moments of 2012 for each Big Ten team rolls on with the Indiana Hoosiers ... Best moment: A B1G milestone Indiana failed to win more than one Big Ten game between 2008-10 and went 0-8 in league play in 20...

    Blog | January 10, 2013
  2. What to watch in the Big Ten: Week 9

    Adam Rittenberg

    Ten items to track in the Big Ten this weekend as every league member is in action. 1. Legends of the fall: Not to downplay Michigan State's dramatic win against Wisconsin, but the Spartans play an even more important game Saturday at No. 14 Nebra...

    Blog | October 27, 2011
  3. Illinois hangs on for statement victory

    Adam Rittenberg

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- It's fitting that Illinois' defense had to seal a statement win for the program. Vic Koenning's unit performed masterfully most of the game, making play after to play to keep Arizona State out of the end zone. After struggling o...

    Blog | September 17, 2011
  4. Delany: BT faces 'uphill' climb in bowls

    Adam Rittenberg

    The Big Ten started to repair its national reputation by going 4-3 in postseason play last year with two wins in BCS bowls and four victories against top 15 opponents. The league's next challenge: keep the momentum going. It won't be easy. "...

    Blog | December 16, 2010
  5. Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 13

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's time to recognize the best and the brightest from Week 13 in Big Ten play. Indiana QB Ben Chappell: Chappell delivered a heroic performance in Indiana's overtime win against Purdue, completing 31 of 50 passes for 330 yards and three touchdown...

    Blog | November 27, 2010
  6. Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 11

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's time to recognize the best and the brightest in a wild Week 11 in Big Ten play. Northwestern QB Dan Persa: What a bittersweet day for Persa and the Wildcats. Persa delivered another Herculean performance in the 21-17 win, completing 32 of 43 ...

    Blog | November 13, 2010
  7. Gophers tie it up against Illini

    Adam Rittenberg

    Illinois has everything to play for today. The Illini can become bowl eligible with a win, which is huge because neither of their final two games will be easy. They can double their win total from 2009. They can send their seniors out with one fin...

    Blog | November 13, 2010
  8. What to watch in the Big Ten: Week 7

    Adam Rittenberg

    Ten items to track in what should be an exciting Saturday of Big Ten play. 1. A great road team vs. a great home team: Ohio State's ability to win Big Ten road games under Jim Tressel is one of the more overlooked trends in college football. The B...

    Blog | October 14, 2010
  9. Did you know?: Week 6

    Adam Rittenberg

    A few notes and nuggets to hopefully make you smarter when you watch the second Saturday of Big Ten play. Thanks to the fine folks at ESPN Stats & Info for most of these. Jim Tressel's next win will be his 100th as the Ohio State coach (99-21...

    Blog | October 08, 2010
  10. What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 5

    Adam Rittenberg

    Five lessons from the first Saturday of conference play. 1. Michigan State looks legit: It's rare when a team wins a game despite losing the turnover battle 3-0. It's practically unheard of for a team to win by double digits despite a minus-3 turn...

    Blog | October 03, 2010
  11. Thoughts on PSU, Iowa, MSU wins

    Adam Rittenberg

    The first three Big Ten teams to take the field Saturday all cruised to blowout victories. Here are my thoughts on the wins by Iowa, Penn State and Michigan State. Iowa 37, Eastern Illinois 7: Aside from the few plays Ricky Stanzi missed becaus...

    Blog | September 04, 2010
  12. Big Ten spotlight: MSU's Mark Dantonio, Part I

    Adam Rittenberg

    Michigan State entered the season amid high expectations after its wins total climbed in each of Mark Dantonio's two seasons as head coach. But the program has struggled to turn the corner this fall, battling inconsistent play and dropping five games...

    Blog | November 13, 2009
  13. Big Ten picks: Week 10

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg Who's going to win? Keep reading. Iowa 27, Northwestern 17: Both teams tend to start slow, so expect a close game for most of the way. Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka plays and does some good things in t...

    Blog | November 05, 2009
  14. What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 8

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg Five lessons from the week that was in the Big Ten. 1. Magical Hawkeyes still alive in the national title hunt: It came down to the final play at Spartan Stadium, but Iowa once again found a way to win and c...

    Blog | October 25, 2009
  15. Second-half outlook: Michigan State

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by's Adam Rittenberg Michigan State Spartans Record: 4-3 Remaining schedule: vs. Iowa, at Minnesota, vs. Western Michigan, at Purdue, vs. Penn State A three-game win streak has given Michigan State plenty to play for in th...

    Blog | October 21, 2009
  16. Iowa Hawkeyes tackle Bryan Bulaga is medically cleared to play

    Adam Rittenberg

    After registering a huge road win against Penn State Nittany Lions this past weekend, No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes received more good news as star left tackle Bryan Bulaga was medically cleared to play.

    Story | Conversation | September 29, 2009