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Dayne done, but Badgers won't surrender crown easy
By Mark Ambrogi, Special to CNNSI.com
Two-sport star Drew Henson takes the reins full time at Michigan. Tom Pidgeon/Allsport
Can Drew Brees win the Heisman Trophy and lead Purdue to its first Rose Bowl appearance since the 1966 season? The Boilermakers first must prove they can get it done against the Big Ten elite, something they have not been able to do despite the success of Joe Tiller's first three seasons.
Joe Paterno needs seven victories to break Bear Bryant's record of 323 Division I-A wins, but the talk of the season might be Paterno's decision to play QB Rashard Casey despite his legal problems.
And Wisconsin attempts to make it three consecutive Rose Bowl triumphs despite the loss of Heisman Trophy workhorse Ron Dayne. The Badgers might get it done if they can beat Michigan in Ann Arbor for only the second time since 1962, and if Michael Bennett does well as Dayne's replacement.
Where They'll Be for the Holidays
| BCS Blessed
|| Dot-Com Doomed
|| Confined to Couch
Best of All Worlds
| Quarterback |
| Running Back |
Anthony Thomas, Ryan Beard, Justin Fargas
| Ends |
Ohio State |
Ken-Yon Rambo, Reggie Germany
| Offensive Line |
Penn State |
Kareem McKenzie, Jordan Caruso, Francis Spano, Josh
Mitchell, Matt Schmitt
| Defensive Line |
Ross Kolodziej, Eric Mahlik, Wendell Bryant, John
| Linebackers |
Michigan State |
T.J. Turner, Josh Thornhill, Drew Young
| Secondary |
Jamar Fletcher, Joey Boese, Jason Doering, Mike Echols
| Special Teams |
Vitaly Pisetsky, Kevin Stemke, Nick Davis
| Coaching |
Barry Alvarez, Kevin Cosgrove, Jim Hueber, Jeff Horton
| Set to Go Skygliding |
The Illini might not climb into the first division, but they certainly have
a shot if they duplicate their performance down the stretch of 1999.
| Set to Go Cliffdiving |
Penn State |
It won't be a monumental drop, but it won't easy for the Nittany Lions to
win nine games in the 12-game regular season after losing top NFL
draft picks Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington.
| About to Step Up |
Shaun Phillips, DE, Purdue |
The redshirt freshman was impressive enough in practice in the spring that coach Joe Tiller moved second team All-Big Ten defensive end Akin Ayodele to linebacker.
| Hasn't Stepped Up Yet |
Drew Henson, Michigan
Henson has yet to live to the hype that has followed him since he
committed to the Wolverines as a high school sophomore. Tom Brady outperformed Henson in the two-quarterback system the past two years, but now the job is all his.
| Brutal Schedule |
Rated toughest in the nation (.654 opponents' winning percentage last year), non-conference foes include Nebraska and Kansas State. The Hawkeyes later have a five-game stretch of Michigan State, Illinois,
Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State.
| Breather Schedule |
Nobody has too cushy a schedule because of the league's strength, but the
Gophers don't have to play Michigan or Michigan State and have perhaps the
lightest non-conference schedule.
Mark Your Calendar
Michigan at Illinois, Sept. 23 |
The Illini's surprising come-from-behind victory over Michigan set the
tone last season. So what does Illinois do for an encore at home?
Wisconsin at Michigan, Sept. 30
The Badgers have only won at Ann Arbor once since 1962. A loss this year could
cost them the Big Ten crown.
Purdue at Penn State, Sept. 30
If the Boilermakers have a shot at the Rose Bowl, they have to win this.
Purdue hasn't beaten the Nittany Lions since they joined the league.
Mark Ambrogi covers the Big Ten for the Indianapolis Star and will write a weekly CNNSI.com conference insider this season.
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