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2015 Schedule
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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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7dDan Murphy

Top newcomer: Illinois Fighting Illini

LB Hardy Nickerson Jr., who led Cal with 112 tackles last season, should make a smooth transition to Illinois, where his dad is the coordinator.

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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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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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27dJesse Temple

Must-win game: Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois faces a tough schedule in coach Lovie Smith's first season, so a win against Purdue could create some early momentum.

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33dTravis 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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40dAdam 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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45dMitch Sherman

Ranking the Big Ten's top 5 all-time safeties

All five of the Big Ten's safeties played in a much different era, led by a Buckeyes great who was perhaps the hardest hitter of them all.

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47dJosh Moyer

Ranking the Big Ten's top 5 all-time RBs

Archie Griffin has two Heismans, but can he beat out Red Grange or Ran Dayne for the top spot in the top-5 Big Ten running backs of all-time?


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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54dTom VanHaaren

ESPN 300: Where the Big Ten stands

After signing a top-five class in 2016, Ohio State has take the lead in the Big Ten with the 2017 class.

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