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Big Ten to Play Nine Conference Games beginning 2017

Three teams each from the Legends Division and Leaders Division will feature five conference home games during odd-numbered years, while the other three schools from each division will host five conference contests during even-numbered years. The 2017 schedule will include five conference home outings for Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska from the Legends Division and Illinois, Indiana and Ohio State from the Leaders Division. The 2018 schedule will feature five Big Ten home games for Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern of the Legends Division and Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin of the Leaders Division.

Big Ten Bloggers' Fearless 2009 Predictions

Lake the Posts compiles the results of the Big Ten Bloggers' annual football prediction balloting. Spartan appearances in the results: 1) MSU over Ohio State is tied for top billing as upset of the year--despite the fact this game will only be occurring in some unknown alternative universe. (The BTB group is still interviewing for the open VP of Quality Control position.) 2) Greg Jones is the pick for breakout player of the year. 3) MSU is picked to finished #4 in the league, behind Penn State, Ohio State, and Iowa. Pete submitted out ballot for us, so he may weigh in a little later with an explanation of how he voted.

A look at Big Ten non-league schedules over time

Adam Rittenberg looks at the way nonconference scheduling has changed in the Big Ten over the last 30 years, following up on a Pat Forde piece on changes in non-conference scheduling across the country. Rittenberg cites MSU as one of four Big Ten teams to maintain a pretty steady degree of difficulty--at least two BCS-conference-level opponents per season (counting Notre Dame). Of course, that all changes this year, with an FCS (Division 1-AA) team and two MAC teams filling the three non-Notre Dame slots. Let's keep in mind that the BCS system make "the regular season count," though. It counts so much that no one's willing to play more than one real game outside of conference play any more.

Tressel to WVLT: SEC "might be the roughest conference"

A very complimentary interview with the OSU head honcho. Killer line: "I can't imagine what they go through week-in and week-out."

Aaron Maybin Interview

Awesome interview with Aaron Maybin...talks about playing for JoePa, deciding to leave early and getting ready for the NFL Draft.

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