2012 Big Ten Football Preview Series Complete

Bill Connelly's excellent 2012 preview series hits the Big Ten, where a pair of classic powers are looking to retake the conference.

For more on Big Ten football, visit Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.

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2012 Ohio State Football Preview: A Redshirt Year

Urban Meyer inherits a deep defense and an interesting offensive backfield in Columbus. After taking a redshirt year in 2012, thanks to a postseason ban, will he have the Buckeyes ready to return to the big-time in 2013?

Related: Ohio State's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends and rankings galore.

For more on Buckeyes football, visit Ohio State blog Land-Grant Holy Land, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Cleveland.

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2012 Penn State Football Preview: This Is Not About That

There are not enough disclaimers in the world that make us feel totally okay with talking about Penn State football without extra context. But we're going to try.

Related: Penn State's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends and rankings galore.

For more on Nittany Lions football, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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2012 Iowa Football Preview: Deans, Peaks And Valleys

New coordinators, new running backs, a new go-to receiver, and two new lines. Signs point to this being a rebuilding year for Kirk Ferentz in Iowa, but with an easy schedule, will we really notice?

Related: Iowa's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends and rankings galore.

For more on Hawkeye football, visit Iowa blog Black Heart Gold Pants, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.

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2012 Nebraska Football Preview: Is Good, Good Enough?

Bo Pelini has done a good job in Lincoln, inheriting a 5-7 team and winning at least nine games for four straight years. But in the land of Tom Osborne, "good" might not be enough for Husker fans. Can the Huskers reverse some alarming regression on defense and challenge for elite status once again?

Related: Nebraska's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends and rankings galore.

For more on Husker football, visit Nebraska blog Corn Nation, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.

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2012 Michigan Wolverines Football Preview: A Year's Difference

A lot can change in a year. A year after creating an 11-win season out of minimal expectations, Brady Hoke is staring Top 10 pressure in the face. Can his Wolverines overcome a potential turnaround in luck and a brutal road slate to live up to the building hype?

Related: Michigan's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends and rankings galore.

For more on Wolverine football, visit Michigan blog Maize n Brew, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Detroit.

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2012 Illinois Football Preview: The Enthusiasm Gap

Attendance plummeted in Ron Zook's final seasons as Illinois' head coach. Can Tim Beckman put butts in the seats and points on the scoreboard?

Related: Illinois' complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends and rankings galore.

For more on Illini football, visit Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Chicago.

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2012 Northwestern Football Preview: Sample Sizes And Slipping D

Pat Fitzgerald keeps winning close games and producing bowl bids at Northwestern -- the Wildcats have reached the postseason for for consecutive years for the first time ever. But cracks on defense (and disappointing performances versus lesser teams) have held his team back in recent years. Can that turn around in 2012 with an inexperienced defense and a tough schedule?

Related: Northwestern's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends and rankings galore.

For more on Wildcats football, visit Northwestern blog Sippin' On Purple, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Chicago.

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2012 Purdue Football Preview: You Are Not In Control

The Big Ten Leaders Division could be there for the taking in 2012 for anybody who can get their act together, even Purdue. Can the Boilermakers take another solid step forward and make a surprising run to the Big Ten title game? Well ... no. But read this anyway.

Related: Purdue's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends and rankings galore.

For more on Boilermakers football, visit Purdue blog Hammer and rails, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.

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2012 Minnesota Football Preview: Ceilings And Track Records

Through many stops in his career, Jerry Kill has been an almost sure winner by Year Three. Can he manage that feat by 2013 at Minnesota? And what does "winning" mean for the Gophers, anyway?

Related: Minnesota's complete 2012 statistical profile, including projected starters, year-to-year trends and rankings galore.

For more on Golden Gophers football, visit Minnesota blog The Daily Gopher, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.

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