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The Big Ten's 14 biggest X factors for 2016

Every team has one -- a wild-card guy who could be great or inconsequential, or anything in between. Here are the 14 biggest X factors in the Big Ten for 2016.

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8dBrian Bennett

Top newcomer: Maryland Terrapins

Maryland is in need of playmakers, and Tyrell Pigrome should be one who makes an impact on the offense.

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The Big Ten's 14 most important players in 2016

There's a clear-cut No. 1 quarterback in Columbus, and Ohio State fans know the success of their offense rests with J.T. Barrett. Who are the Big Ten's other indispensable players?

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22dJosh Moyer

Most exciting player: Maryland Terrapins

Cornerback William Likely, who adds value on defense, special teams and even occasionally offense, is critical to Maryland's success.

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22dSharon Katz

What are the five biggest three-game potholes in CFB?

Defending national champion Alabama faces a treacherous path back to the College Football Playoff. One three-game stretch, in particular, is the most difficult of any team in the nation.

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Big Ten coaches dish anonymously on league

How do Big Ten coaches think 2016 will play out? With anonymity assured, they dish on why Michigan is the team to beat, how J.T. Barrett could struggle again and more about the league.

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28dJesse Temple

Must-win game: Maryland Terrapins

The Terrapins have a more manageable schedule this season, and if they can take care of business, a bowl is not out of the question.

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35dTravis Haney

How Dantonio outranks Meyer, Harbaugh

The collection of coaching acumen in the Big Ten East is astounding. Mark Dantonio has a leg up on his competition in at least one area.

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42dAdam Rittenberg

Big Ten officials downplay SEC rivalry

The Big Ten-SEC rivalry is real, but many Big Ten officials don't view the two leagues as diametrically opposed, even if it's how they're portrayed.

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43dAustin Ward

Toughest stretch: Maryland Terrapins

In the span of four weeks, DJ Durkin's first Maryland team will have three chances to test itself against the programs he was hired to chase down.


How B1G could a new Big Ten be?

In the spirit of conference expansion chatter, our Ryan McGee has an idea. He shook up the Big Ten, added four schools and juggled the divisions to help create a more balanced CFB map. Which teams are in the new East and West? Flipping the field

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Between the ESPN networks and BTN, Big Ten-scheduled night kickoffs in 2016 feature Nebraska in a league-high five games, followed by Ohio State (4), Northwestern, Iowa and Penn State (3), Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Rutgers (2), Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Minnesota (1).

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Will Steelers' second-round pick star?

Sean Davis projects to be a strong safety, a position with an open spot on the depth chart in Pittsburgh. The team feels that he could become a mainstay in the secondary for years to come. Best rookie for every NFL team

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Terps have thin nonconference slate

Maryland and new coach D.J. Durkin will travel to play Florida International and UCF. They'll also host Howard, considered one of FCS' weakest teams. 10 easiest nonconference skeds (Insider)