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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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4dDan Murphy

Top newcomer: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Linebacker Carter Coughlin, the state of Minnesota's top-ranked player at any position, should help Minnesota's defense with his size and speed.

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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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13dJosh Moyer

Big Ten Ultimate Road Trip: Week 6

Michigan State-BYU and Iowa-Minnesota games in October could offer insight into how the races in the Big Ten will shape up.

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17dSharon Katz

The five easiest three-game stretches on CFB schedules

Tennessee's October schedule is treacherous; its November slate is easy. The Vols are one of five teams that can put themselves in the driver's seat if they can navigate their lopsided schedules.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Numerous Power 5 conference programs were represented at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp near Houston on Tuesday. Coaches from Arkansas, Arizona, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas and Texas Tech were among those spotted scouting the talent on hand at Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas.

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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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24dBrian Bennett

Must-win game: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Ending 12 years of futility vs. Wisconsin won't be easy on the road, but to have a special season, Minnesota must find a way to beat the Badgers.

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32dTravis 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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39dAdam 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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39dAustin Ward

Toughest stretch: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota's hopes to contend in the Big Ten's West Division will likely ride on how they finish at Nebraska, vs. Northwestern and at Wisconsin.

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

On the same day he resigned from Syracuse, AD Mark Coyle was also officially introduced at Minnesota for the same position. "I regret the timing," he said. Coyle cited family and friends as a big reason for the move; he's originally from Iowa.

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