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  1. B1G's top cornerbacks take stage in Indy

    Adam Rittenberg

    The Big Ten championship, like most games, likely will be decided at the line of scrimmage. But do yourself a favor and sneak a few glances at the perimeter. There you'll find two of the nation's best cornerbacks in Michigan State's Darqueze Denn...

    Blog | December 04, 2013
  2. MSU keys in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

    Adam Rittenberg

    Three keys for Michigan State in tonight's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl matchup against TCU: 1. Balancing act: It has been the Le'Veon Bell show all season for Michigan State's offense, to the tune of a nation-leading 350 carries. The junior running ba...

    Blog | December 29, 2012
  3. Delany: B1G is scheduling for playoff era

    Adam Rittenberg

    Ohio State is the nation's only 10-0 team, but the Buckeyes aren't part of the BCS title talk because of NCAA sanctions. What if the sanctions weren't there? Where would Urban Meyer's crew be in the championship chase? The likely answer: on the...

    Blog | November 09, 2012
  4. OSU's Roby semifinalist for Thorpe Award

    Adam Rittenberg

    The awards watch continues Monday as the Thorpe Award -- given to the nation's top defensive back -- revealed its list of 15 semifinalists. Only one Big Ten player appears: Ohio State sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. He has been outstanding this...

    Blog | October 29, 2012
  5. B1G players on Maxwell, Bednarik lists

    Adam Rittenberg

    Award season is getting closer, and two more lists of semifinalists are out, for the Maxwell Award (nation's top player) and the Bednarik Award (nation's top defender). Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball b...

    Blog | October 29, 2012
  6. Lions' Jones moves from QB to tight end

    Adam Rittenberg

    If Penn State fans voted on the team's starting quarterback this spring, Paul Jones would have won in a runaway. Tired of seeing Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden struggle for a year and change, Nittany Nation overwhelmingly threw its support behind Jon...

    Blog | September 11, 2012
  7. Ohio State giving iPads to all its athletes

    Adam Rittenberg

    Ohio State is dotting the iPad. The nation's largest athletic department announced Wednesday that it will begin providing all of its student athletes with iPads this fall as part of an academic support initiative. Ohio State had a record number of...

    Blog | May 23, 2012
  8. Illinois' Spence next in line for success

    Adam Rittenberg

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- As Illinois' starting center for the past few seasons, Graham Pocic has mashed limbs with some of the nation's best defensive tackles. Penn State's Devon Still, Purdue's Kawann Short, Michigan State's Jerel Worthy and Michigan's...

    Blog | May 02, 2012
  9. Q&A: Penn State D-coordinator Ted Roof

    Adam Rittenberg

    Of the eight assistant coaches Bill O'Brien has named to his staff at Penn State, no hire has sparked more debate among Nittany Nation than defensive coordinator Ted Roof. He spent the past three seasons at Auburn, winning a national title in 2010 bu...

    Blog | January 31, 2012
  10. Meyer hire adds intrigue to The Game

    Adam Rittenberg

    Colleague Michael Rothstein from Wolverine Nation writes that Ohio State's hiring of Urban Meyer as coach adds intrigue to the annual rivalry with Michigan, especially since Meyer and Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison know each other well ...

    Blog | November 28, 2011
  11. Johnathan Hankins shapes up for OSU

    Adam Rittenberg

    The number most often associated with Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is 335. At 335 pounds, Hankins is one of the biggest men in the Big Ten. He's among the largest defensive players in the nation and easy to spot in the heart of Oh...

    Blog | October 25, 2011
  12. PSU stiff-arms critics, keeps on winning

    Adam Rittenberg

    There might not have been a trendier upset pick in Week 8 than Northwestern over Penn State. Even though the Lions came in at 6-1 and the Wildcats at 2-4, Penn State was doubted. Even though the Lions had one of the nation's best defenses and the ...

    Blog | October 24, 2011
  13. Gee: OSU 'poster child' for compliance

    Adam Rittenberg

    E. Gordon Gee is a very smart man. There's a reason he's the nation's highest-paid president of a public institution. But there are some things Gee is better off leaving alone. Like anything that has to do with the Ohio State football scandal. ...

    Blog | October 05, 2011
  14. It's game day at Beaver Stadium

    Adam Rittenberg

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Greetings from Happy Valley, where No. 23 Penn State takes on No. 3 Alabama in the nation's only matchup of ranked teams. Great atmosphere around the stadium today -- although I couldn't find the Paternoville tents -- as tail...

    Blog | September 10, 2011
  15. Q&A: Indiana coach Kevin Wilson

    Adam Rittenberg

    After years as one of the nation's top assistants, Kevin Wilson will make his collegiate head-coaching debut Saturday night when Indiana faces Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium. But he's not getting wrapped up in the moment. Too much to do. Wilson has ...

    Blog | August 31, 2011
  16. Penn State won't fundamentally alter unis

    Adam Rittenberg

    Penn State players might have a slightly different look when they take the field this fall, or they might not. But Penn State isn't about to turn into Oregon. Nittany Nation stirred last week after Guido D'Elia, Penn State's director of communi...

    Blog | February 28, 2011