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  1. Big Ten schools focus on student turnout

    Adam Rittenberg

    It's not surprising that Big Ten athletic directors spent part of their meeting last week discussing football attendance, a growing concern despite the sport's surging popularity. The real surprise: How much the ADs focused on a group whose devoti...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  2. Big Ten Friday mailblog

    Adam Rittenberg

    Hope you're stuffed from Thanksgiving. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the final Saturday of the regular season. To the inbox ... Pat from Iowa writes: Who would you consider the biggest surprise team this year for good or for worse? Northw...

    Blog | November 29, 2013
  3. Dancing with the B1G's surprise stars

    Adam Rittenberg

    MADISON, Wis. -- The Big Ten has been a wallflower in college football in recent years, watching from the fringes of the dance floor as other leagues twerked the night away. While crowds gathered around the SEC, the Big Ten stood in the corner, un...

    Blog | November 09, 2013
  4. Big Ten picks rewind: Week 4

    Adam Rittenberg

    Four weeks into the season, and it's still neck and neck. Brian Bennett and I differed on two predictions in Week 3, each getting one right and whiffing on the other. There weren't too many surprises around the conference. WEEK 4/SEASON RECORD ...

    Blog | September 24, 2013
  5. Big Ten picks rewind: Week 2

    Adam Rittenberg

    Week 2 in the Big Ten went mostly according to plan, although there were a few surprises (hello, Illini). The season standings don't change as Brian and I picked the same winners and both finished 10-2. Expect some shuffling this week as the matchups...

    Blog | September 10, 2013
  6. SEC coaching ranks have Big Ten flavor

    Adam Rittenberg

    Part of the surprise about Bret Bielema's sudden departure from Wisconsin to Arkansas in December stemmed from the fact that Bielema seemed like such a Big Ten guy. Other than perhaps Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, Bielema was the most "Big Ten" o...

    Blog | June 21, 2013
  7. Randle El upsets Smith to advance

    Adam Rittenberg

    On a sports day made famous for incredible upsets in the NCAA basketball tournament, we have a surprise to share in our own Big Ten players tournament. Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El, the No. 7 seed, knocked off No. 2 seed Troy Smith, the O...

    Blog | March 21, 2013
  8. Another active year for B1G coach changes

    Adam Rittenberg

    When the Big Ten shuffled through an unprecedented 40 coaching changes following the 2011 season, I thought the league would settle into a period of relative stability. Silly me. It would take a flurry of surprise moves in the coming days and w...

    Blog | February 27, 2013
  9. Hoosiers move season opener to Aug. 29

    Adam Rittenberg

    Arguably no Big Ten school has welcomed the recent surge of night games more than Indiana, so it comes as no surprise that the Hoosiers once again will open a season on a Thursday night. Indiana announced Tuesday that its 2013 season opener agains...

    Blog | February 27, 2013
  10. ACC lawsuit against Maryland upheld

    Adam Rittenberg

    If you're on Twitter like we are, you've probably noticed there's another wave of Big Ten expansion rumors. Once again, they're involving current ACC schools -- North Carolina and Virginia. None of this should surprise you. There's nothing substan...

    Blog | February 19, 2013
  11. Big Ten rankings: No. 11, Allen Robinson

    Adam Rittenberg

    The Big Ten postseason player rankings are full of surprises, and our next player certainly qualified as one in 2012. As a reminder, these rankings are based solely on performance during the past season. This guy caught 11 touchdown passes for Penn S...

    Blog | February 11, 2013
  12. Michigan heading to Outback Bowl

    Adam Rittenberg

    After Sunday's mini-surprise with the Capital One Bowl, Michigan moved up a spot in the pecking order and will face an SEC opponent in the Outback Bowl. According to a release, Michigan will face a "Top 10" SEC foe to be announced later today. The...

    Blog | December 02, 2012
  13. Big Ten power rankings: Week 11

    Adam Rittenberg

    Week 10 brought few surprises around the Big Ten. As a result, the power rankings see little shuffling before the second Saturday of November. Ohio State cruised to a perfect 10-0, while Michigan and Penn State both recorded road wins in impressiv...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  14. IU holds off Iowa, sets up UW showdown

    Adam Rittenberg

    The showdown will happen: Wisconsin at Indiana, next Saturday in Bloomington, a berth in the Big Ten title game likely at stake. If you expected it before the season, board a plane to Las Vegas. For the rest of us, it comes as a huge surprise. ...

    Blog | November 03, 2012
  15. PSU offense, Iowa defense full of surprises

    Adam Rittenberg

    Image No 1: Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin dives into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter against Northwestern, his fifth rushing score in six games, as the Lions score 22 fourth-quarter points to rally for a 39-28 win....

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  16. Poll: Big Ten's most surprising player

    Adam Rittenberg

    The Big Ten's collective struggle in September has been the main storyline so far this season, but the league has produced its share of bright spots -- surprise stars, in fact. Here's your chance to select the league's most surprising player through ...

    Blog | October 03, 2012