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The Big Ten took a major step toward rebuilding its reputation with last season's bowl games, but a challenging opening weekend will test the league.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald typically goes with veterans, but he's rolling the dice on a highly touted redshirt freshman QB in Clayton Thorson.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Northwestern announces redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson will start opener against Stanford. Think it's a smart choice by Pat Fitzgerald to go with the younger guy. Has the most upside of size, speed, arm strength. Fitzgerald often leans toward veterans but decided future is now with Thorson.
The offseason is finally nearing an end, which means the Big Ten is all set to usher in what should be the Year of the Quarterback in the league.
Answering the B1G questions. Which games will be tough for the league's top teams? Who will challenge Ezekiel Elliott? And more.
With little more than a week before the season begins, several Big Ten teams have yet to make a decision public on who will start at QB.
Don't sleep on Deonte Gibson
The Northwestern DE has been marred by injuries throughout his career. Now healthy, his coach is hyping him up as someone who could take advantage of being underestimated. Breakout players: Nos. 50-41 (Insider)
The first batch of this season's breakout players include Florida State's next disruptive pass-rusher and a versatile USC tailback.
The players involved should be commended for making FBS schools understand that they must provide more benefits for their student-athletes.
Northwestern Wildcats vs Stanford Cardinal
Ryan Field - Sat 9/5
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