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ESPN: Big Ten Is the Best in 2010

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It looks like Mark Schlabach may be making that case. His Way-Too Early Top 25 has Ohio State at #2, Iowa at #9, and Wisconsin at #10. The Big 12 is the only other conference to have even two teams in the Top 10 (Texas and Nebraska). The Mighty SEC has only Alabama at No. 1. Add in Penn State at #19, and no conference has more than the 4 teams that The Big Ten places in his Top 20. I know that these pre-season polls don't win games on the field. But, they do set the media narrative. Next year's narrative WILL NOT be "The Big 10 is too slow to win." Instead, the Big Ten is being given respect greater than or equal to every other conference. It's going to be a great new year.

So we beat on...

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Those readers who just joined us this season, might not know what to expect now that the curtain is down. I'm hear to say that this is when we do our best work.

Three in the Top 10; a Quarter of the Sweet 16

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The AP and Coaches Polls both were made public in the wee small hours of the morning. The Big Ten finished the 2009 season with much more respect than it had to open the season. Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin should have high rankings to begin the year. I anticipate that Penn State will be ranked as well. The SEC will still, justifiably, be considered the best conference in football, but the Big Ten can make a stronger case than anyone else that it is second. And gaining ground on the leader. Happy New Year indeed!

Opening BCS and Big Ten Bowl Projections for the 2010 Season

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Picking the BCS and Big Ten bowls for next year. Could it be an SEC-free championship game?

Up in the air and pondering a dynamic, successful Big Ten Conference

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Up in the air and pondering a dynamic, successful Big Ten Conference

Because the Night: A Celebration

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Listing all of the good and bad things for Iowa against Georgia Tech. Hint: the bad rhyme with orange.

Goodbye, Mr. Whaley.

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Prior to the Insight Bowl, Jerdogg1 asked that he be made the workhorse. Now, Kevin Whaley has been put out to pasture, dismissed from the Gophers following a New Year's Day assault in Arizona after the bowl loss to Iowa State. In Whaley's defense, losing to the Cyclones can drive many a man to do inappropriate things.

Well, that went well. More substance later, but a tip of the hat to the men of the offensive line....

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Well, that went well. More substance later, but a tip of the hat to the men of the offensive line. At times, I'm sure that Georgia Tech felt like there were 18 of you out there at once.

Mainstream Media to Big Ten Conference: "Our Bad"

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The media isn't about it admit that it was wrong. But writers are starting to fall on their own swords the only way they know how: by saying nice things about the conference they threw under the bus.

Perceptions, Perceptions: Why the Big Ten wasn't favored in all of its bowl wins

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Perceptions, Perceptions: Why the Big Ten wasn't favored in all of it's wins

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