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Wisconsin: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

Wisconsin is the hottest team in the Big Ten. It’s true. This is a new world Big Ten, where traditional heavyweights like Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska all are looking up at Wisconsin. 888 more words

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Purdue: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

brightcove error: missing required parameter exp or exp3Purdue is coming off a 7-6, the program’s first winning mark since 2007. That has some people in West Lafayette thinking big, as the program aims for back-to-back bowls for the first time since 2006-07 when Joe Tiller still was the coach. 844 more words

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Penn State: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

Penn State is entering a difficult era of NCAA probation and sanctions that figure to cripple the program for years. But first-year coach Bill O’Brien is moving forward undaunted and undeterred. 895 more words

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Ohio State: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

At Ohio State, it’s about turning the page. A new era has begun—and the possibilities seem limitless. Last season was difficult, as the Buckeyes endured the program’s first losing season (6-7) since 1988, which was John Cooper’s first campaign. 908 more words

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Nebraska: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

brightcove error: missing required parameter exp or exp3Nebraska’s maiden voyage in the Big Ten has to be considered a success on many fronts. The Cornhuskers finished 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. 852 more words

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Northwestern: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

It’s four bowls in a row and counting for Northwestern. And that’s a school record. The next goal: Win the program’s first postseason game since claiming the Rose Bowl after the 1948 season. 794 more words

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Minnesota: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

Last season was one of transition for Minnesota. Tim Brewster was out after three-and-a-half years and a 15-30 overall record (6-21 Big Ten). Jerry Kill was in, arriving after a successful three-year run at Northern Illinois that produced a 23-16 overall mark and three bowl bids. 811 more words

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