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2013 Big Ten football previews: Advanced profiles of each team, one by one

In-depth looks at each Big Ten football team's roster, schedule, and projections, all by Bill Connelly. Check back for more each weekday.

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Is Ohio State ready?

Is Ohio State truly one of the two or three best teams in the country right now? Probably not. But with that schedule, the Buckeyes won't need many breaks to contend for the national title regardless. For more Ohio State, visit Land-Grant Holy Land.

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Wisconsin's transition could be seamless

Wisconsin is experiencing a football golden age because of two great coaching hires. Did they make a third in Gary Andersen? And can Andersen make the most of quite a few interesting weapons this fall? For more Badgers, visit Bucky's 5th Quarter.

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Penn State prays for good health

Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien pulled off one of the greatest coaching jobs you'll ever see in 2012, not only preventing collapse after a turbulent (to say the least) few months, but actually engineering some improvement. And now his job gets harder. For more on the Nittany Lions, visit Black Shoe Diaries.

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Huskers still waiting to break through

Under Bo Pelini, Nebraska has established itself as a consistent top-25 team capable of winning nine to 10 games a year. With a wonderful backfield and disturbingly easy schedule, the Huskers could top that total this fall. But a sketchy defense could lead to an unhappy ending, just like it did last year. For more Nebraska, visit Corn Nation.

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Stats say Spartans are ready

With what should be one of the two or three best defenses in the country and a mostly easy home slate, Michigan State should easy place in the top 20 and win 8-9 games. The numbers suggest the ceiling could be much, much higher, but the eyeballs saw a little too much of last year's offense to buy it. For more Spartans, visit The Only Colors.

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Can Ferentz turn around Iowa again?

Kirk Ferentz has as much job security as a guy could ask for after three straight years of significantly diminishing returns. Will the faith in Ferentz pay off? The outlook is not particularly rosy. For more Hawkeyes, visit Black Heart Gold Pants.

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Michigan waits for the planets to align

Brady Hoke's team has been a rousing success and a slight disappointment in his first two years. With an identity change on offense and a still-shaky pass defense, can the Wolverines take full advantage of a schedule that might allow for a top-15 team to go undefeated? For more Wolverines, visit Maize n Brew.

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Northwestern will be fun again

We don't yet know whether 2012 was a breakthrough, a peak, or neither for Northwestern. We also don't know what the ceiling is for a team with stronger strengths and, potentially, weaker weaknesses that last year's squad. But we do know that the Wildcats were fun to watch and should be again in 2013. For more Wildcats, visit Sippin' on Purple.

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Illinois searches for play-makers

Tim Beckman didn't really do anything right in his first year as Illinois head coach, but it's hard to say that anybody would have been able to make much of the roster he inherited. Does the two-deep look any more promising this time around? Not really. For more on the Illini, visit The Champaign Room.

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Purdue plays it safe

Purdue's hire of new head coach Darrell Hazell was safe and sensible. But with a flawed roster at his disposal and a brutal schedule on tap, we probably won't begin to learn if he was the right hire until at least 2014. For more Boilermakers, visit Hammer and Rails.

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Minnesota looks for the Turn

The Year 3 Turn was very good to Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill at previous stops. But with a Gopher squad built to tread water and lacking in star power, Kill has his work cut out for him in 2013. For more Minnesota, visit The Daily Gopher.

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Indiana might matter

Indiana pulled off a rare feat in 2012: a semi-satisfying, encouraging four-win season. Can third-year coach Kevin Wilson patch the holes in the defense enough to ride an absurdly easy home slate to six wins and Indiana's second bowl bid in 20 years? For more on Indiana, visit The Crimson Quarry.

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