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  1. Season wrap: Northwestern

    Adam Rittenberg

    When Northwestern opened Big Ten play Oct. 5, it had a perfect record, a top-20 ranking, ESPN "College GameDay" on campus and Ohio State on the ropes. When the Wildcats concluded their home schedule Nov. 23, they did so in a largely empty stadium and...

    Blog | January 15, 2014
  2. What to watch in the Big Ten: Week 5

    Adam Rittenberg

    Ten items to track around the Big Ten as conference play finally gets under way: 1. Miller Time vs. The Green Monster: The Big Ten's most dynamic offensive player goes up against the league's top defense Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. Mich...

    Blog | September 27, 2012
  3. Big Ten postseason position rankings: DB

    Adam Rittenberg

    The postseason position rankings are hitting the home stretch, and today we take a look at the Big Ten secondaries. It's a little tricky to evaluate secondary play from 2011. While seven Big Ten teams ranked in the top 18 nationally in pass defense, ...

    Blog | February 27, 2012
  4. Penn State football narrative will change

    Adam Rittenberg

    Shortly before kickoff at Ohio Stadium, several other reporters and I left our seats in the press box and took positions in the hallway outside the press elevator. Two top 10 teams with storied histories would play that October night in 2008: No. ...

    Blog | January 23, 2012
  5. Michigan schools in play for wideout Arnett

    Adam Rittenberg

    Tennessee did the right thing Tuesday, granting wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett his release to play football closer to his ailing father in Saginaw, Mich. It could mean good news for Michigan State and Michigan, which appear to be Arnett's top choi...

    Blog | January 03, 2012
  6. Offense or defense? B1G's identity unclear

    Adam Rittenberg

    The LSU-Alabama game left no doubt about the SEC's identity in 2011, as the nation's top two defenses dominated play in Tuscaloosa with bone-crushing hits, superb fundamentals and brilliant takeaways. About 575 miles away from Bryant-Denny Stadium...

    Blog | November 07, 2011
  7. Iowa drop motivates IU's Damarlo Belcher

    Adam Rittenberg

    After the 2010 season wrapped up, Damarlo Belcher had Indiana's video staff compile cutups of all his catches and drops from the previous 12 games. The catches far outnumbered the drops. Belcher had 78 receptions last fall, tops among Big Ten play...

    Blog | April 14, 2011
  8. Note on Big Ten postseason player rankings

    Adam Rittenberg

    They're back. Later today, I'll begin the countdown of the top 25 Big Ten players from the 2010 season. Before diving in, a few items about the rankings: Any player who participated in Big Ten play during the 2010 season is eligible. Nebras...

    Blog | February 14, 2011
  9. Ohio State's Cam Heyward eyes big finish

    Adam Rittenberg

    NEW ORLEANS -- Cameron Heyward plays football for moments like this. It's not as if the Ohio State standout defensive lineman slacks off for non-marquee games. But he understands what it means to play on the big stage against top competition, and ...

    Blog | January 04, 2011
  10. 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
  11. Willis' injury really stings run-deprived IU

    Adam Rittenberg

    Indiana's quest to get more balance in its offense just got a lot harder. The Hoosiers will play the rest of the season without top running back Darius Willis, who will undergo surgery Oct. 20 to repair a patellar tendon injury. Willis missed last...

    Blog | October 14, 2010
  12. What to watch in the Big Ten: Week 5

    Adam Rittenberg

    Conference play finally kicks off this week, and here are 10 things to track on Saturday. 1. John Clay vs. Greg Jones: The Big Ten's top running back (Clay) goes up against the league's top linebacker (Jones) in a matchup football purists will lov...

    Blog | September 30, 2010
  13. Hicks picks Texas over Buckeyes

    Adam Rittenberg

    One of the Midwest's top recruiting prizes is leaving the region to play his college ball, as standout prep linebacker Jordan Hicks picked Texas over both Ohio State and Florida. Hicks, ranked as the nation's top linebacker and No. 4 player by ESP...

    Blog | January 29, 2010
  14. Ranking the Big Ten: Corey Wootton, No. 29

    Adam Rittenberg

    The postseason top 30 rankings continue with ... No. 29 Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern, Sr., 6-7, 280 Preseason rank: 9 Wootton Why he's here: Future potential plays a big role in these rankings, and Wootton is still a solid NFL p...

    Blog | January 27, 2010
  15. Gophers lose recruit, Indiana adds TE

    Adam Rittenberg

    It was a big recruiting weekend around the country, though not a particularly productive one for the Big Ten. Three top Midwest prospects decided to play ball outside the Big Ten region, colleague Bill Kurelic writes. Then again, all of this could ch...

    Blog | January 11, 2010
  16. Wisconsin's Clay catches on as star soars

    Adam Rittenberg

    If the Big Ten rejoins the Heisman Trophy race in 2010, John Clay likely will play a leading role. Clay, the league's Offensive Player of the Year this fall, could be the Big Ten's most realistic candidate for college football's top honor next sea...

    Blog | December 29, 2009