The Big Ten has a huge new TV rights deal, a football landscape with a rising profile, and relatively few worries heading into the football season.
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Picking the best to suit up for the Fighting Illini since the turn of the century.
How is the transition back to the college game going for Lovie Smith? That's one of the questions that will likely be asked at Big Ten media days.
Wisconsin's Corey Clement is one of nine Big Ten rushers named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list. Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Indiana's Devine Redding also highlight the list.
Another Urban Meyer-groomed quarterback could win the Davey O'Brien Award in 2016. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett is one of five from the Big Ten to make the award's preseason watch list.
The tour of the Big Ten's offensive triplets goes to Illinois, which is ranked No. 9 thanks to its experienced quarterback and a breakout star at RB.
Multiple teams react on social media to their players being named to award watch lists
Every Big Ten team boasted at least one candidate on one of the watch lists for the Maxwell and Bednarik awards. Here's a breakdown, by team.
With Lovie Smith in charge and Wes Lunt returning, there's reason for optimism at Illinois. But the roster is very thin in spots.
Who will play quarterback at Michigan? And can any one player fill the massive hole left by Ezekiel Elliott at Ohio State? The Big Ten has some interesting position battles to watch.
Lovie Smith will have a huge opportunity to make an early statement about the direction of his program when Illinois faces North Carolina.
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.
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.
Woody Hayes, Fielding Yost and Bo Schembechler lead the way for all-time great Big Ten coaches.
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?
Illinois football player Jarrod "Chunky" Clements pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight at a party in March.
Bob Zuppke, who led the Illini to four national titles, is No. 1 on our list of Top 5 coaches at Illinois.
Defensive end Dawuane Smoot led Illinois with eight sacks in 2015, ane the arrival of Lovie Smith should mean more big things from him.
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.
why not live in Fantasyland for a bit? Here are potential matchups for the totally nonexistent 2016 SEC/Big Ten challenge.
Illinois faces a tough schedule in coach Lovie Smith's first season, so a win against Purdue could create some early momentum.
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.
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.
As Big Ten teams settle into the offseason, questions from fans focus on some new faces on the sidelines and Wisconsin's tough schedule.
The last month of the regular season is going to be a stiff test for Lovie Smith's first team with the program.
Illinois vs Murray State Racers
Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL) - Sat 9/3