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  1. Reviewing our preseason Big Ten calls

    Brian Bennett

    Earlier today, we presented our ESPN.com 2014 All-Big Ten team. We took a stab at a preseason All-Big Ten team back in August, based largely on players' previous track records. So how'd we do? Of our 26 preseason selections, only eight made it ...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  2. Separation at the top for Michigan State, Ohio State

    Brian Bennett

    You can take much of what we predicted in the preseason and throw it in the trash. Please. (Rutgers at 4-8 and Michigan at 8-4? Bad, Brian, bad). But one idea we had about the Big Ten in the offseason seems to be playing out just as it was forecas...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  3. Iowa's run game has been grounded

    Brian Bennett

    Iowa plays at Pittsburgh this Saturday, and as we expected in the preseason, one of the nation's top rushing attacks will be featured. It just belongs to that other team wearing gold. Running the ball has long been the bread, butter and the spread...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  4. Big Ten bowl projections: Week 1

    Brian Bennett

    We're only one week into the season, but your fearless Big Ten reporting crew is projecting how the postseason will shape up for the league. (Repeat after me: There are 14 weeks left). And we have some immediate changes from our preseason projecti...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  5. Spartans new favorite in writers' poll

    Brian Bennett

    I demand a recount! That's what Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises basically said after Braxton Miller's injury. He annually conducts the only thing close to a preseason Big Ten poll by asking beat writers around the league to pick their order of fin...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  6. Big Ten morning links

    Brian Bennett

    (Welcome to a new incarnation of the links, which have expanded and moved from lunchtime to the morning. With our apologies to Buster Olney). With a little more than a week of preseason practice in the books at most Big Ten campuses, it's too earl...

    Blog | August 11, 2014
  7. Big Ten lunch links

    Brian Bennett

    Lots of news from preseason practice. I love it. A strong-legged freshman kicker could give Wisconsin a boost. The QB battle between Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy resumed. A good battle at noseguard is going on at Rutgers. Some chatter from Pu...

    Blog | August 05, 2014
  8. Schedule analysis: Maryland

    Brian Bennett

    Football is back. At least preseason practice is. And our schedule analysis for every Big Ten team is also back after taking a brief hiatus during the media days/coaches car wash craziness. We resume by looking at the Maryland Terrapins: Noncon...

    Blog | August 01, 2014
  9. Miller, Calhoun picked for top honors

    Brian Bennett

    Earlier, we told you about the Cleveland.com media poll predicting the Big Ten order of finish. It's a great resource since the league oddly declines to have its own official preseason poll. Well, the Big Ten also doesn't issue preseason all-confe...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  10. Writers tab Ohio State to win Big Ten

    Brian Bennett

    The Big Ten, for whatever reason, does not issue an official preseason predicted order of finish like just about every other league. Luckily, we've got Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com to pick up the slack. Lesmerises once again has organized an u...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  11. Preseason position preview: Specialists

    Brian Bennett

    We've been previewing each position group in the Big Ten, and we've gone through every level of the offense and defense. But that's only two-thirds of the game. Don't forget special teams. It can be hard to judge some of the new guys in the kickin...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  12. Preseason position preview: DB

    Brian Bennett

    Our preview of each position group in the Big Ten reaches its final stop on the defensive side: the secondary. The two best secondary players from last season both were drafted in the first round this spring: Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard and ...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  13. B1G awards watch list roundup

    Brian Bennett

    College football preseason awards watch lists are, at best, little more than a summertime curiosity these days and, at worst, an easy punchline. For one, there are far too many awards -- only country music likes to give itself as many trophies as ...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  14. Preseason position review: LB

    Brian Bennett

    Linebacker was arguably the deepest and most talented position in the Big Ten last year. This season, the position takes on a new look, as stars like Wisconsin's Chris Borland, Ohio State's Ryan Shazier, Michigan State's Denicos Allen and Max Bulloug...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  15. Preseason position preview: DL

    Brian Bennett

    You want to win in the Big Ten? Then you'd better have a strong defensive line. Being stout up front and strong enough to stop the run has long been a staple of success in this league. This year, several stars return at defensive end, including Ne...

    Blog | July 16, 2014
  16. Preseason position preview: Quarterbacks

    Brian Bennett

    You can have all the pieces of a great team, but if you're lacking a standout quarterback, it's going to be tough to win big in college football. Quarterback is a position that likely needs to improve throughout the Big Ten in order for the league...

    Blog | July 11, 2014