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August 13, 2010

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Dont'a  Hightower Cover - Sports Illustrated August 13, 2010

August 13, 2010
Lions and Badgers and Spartans, oh, my! Here are the true fans—the rabble-rousing mascots and colorful loyalists who help make game day what it is

August 13, 2010
A handful of confident heavyweights, along with some undaunted long shots, have their sights set on the conference title—or even more

August 13, 2010 | Ryan Hunt
After slipping steadily since their 2007 Rose Bowl berth, the Illini have revamped on both sides of the ball. Will the changes be enough to save Ron Zook's job?

August 13, 2010 | Ron Zook
ON LEARNING FROM U.S. TROOPS AND A SMOOTH ILLINI SPRING

August 13, 2010 | Ryan Hunt
Once a big-time recruit to Florida, Jarred Fayson has been slowed by injuries and inconsistency. The Illini's new offense may be just what he needs

August 13, 2010 | Matt Dollinger
After another disappointing season, it's time for the Hoosiers to turn the close losses into big wins. The solution is obvious: Finish

August 13, 2010 | Bill Lynch
ON HIS NEW OFFENSE AND DEVELOPING YOUNG PLAYERS

August 13, 2010 | Matt Dollinger
Changing roles six times in four years? No matter. Hoosiers safety (for now) Mitchell Evans finds motivation in the variety

August 13, 2010
Sports Illustrated PRESENTS

August 13, 2010 | Stewart Mandel
With a loaded defense, a winning quarterback and momentum from last season's Orange Bowl win, there's talk of a Big Ten title in Iowa City

August 13, 2010 | Kirk Ferentz
ON A PROSPECTIVE RIVALRY AND FINDING GOOD LINEMEN

August 13, 2010 | Stewart Mandel
After overcoming a childhood ailment, the playmaker has become one of the most feared defensive ends in the college game

August 13, 2010 | Albert Chen
After a disastrous 2009 the pressure is on Rich Rodriguez and the Wolverines, who will look to a seasoned offense and a new defense to put Michigan back on top

August 13, 2010 | Rich Rodriguez
ON TOUGH TIMES, FAN UNEASE AND MAKING THE SPREAD WORK

August 13, 2010 | Stewart Mandel
Now as talented as it is tough—and with the mighty Cornhuskers waiting in the wings—the Big Ten is changing the way fans view its brand of college football

August 13, 2010 | Albert Chen
If Michigan hopes to contend for the Big Ten crown, its young quarterback will have to rebound and become the star he was expected to be

August 13, 2010 | Albert Chen
Opponents should underestimate the Spartans at their own peril—this year's team has the firepower to make a surprise run at the Big Ten championship

August 13, 2010 | Mark Dantonio
ON TOUGHENING UP AND PUTTING THE PAST BEHIND

August 13, 2010 | Albert Chen
Using his speed to cover ground and deliver blows, defensive leader Greg Jones will again be among the nation's best 'backers

August 13, 2010 | Ryan Hunt
Take an inexperienced defense. Add a hellacious schedule. Pour into the pressure cooker of a new stadium. A recipe for disaster...or an opportunity?

August 13, 2010 | Tim Brewster
ON THE GOPHERS' NEW DIGS AND RAISING THE BAR

August 13, 2010 | Ryan Hunt
Adam Weber has gone the distance in terms of passing yardage. Now Minnesota and its fans just need him to win games

August 13, 2010 | Stewart Mandel
The Cats keep improving under coach Pat Fitzgerald, and this year they're out to go where they've never gone before: a third straight bowl game

August 13, 2010 | Pat Fitzgerald
ON THE POISE OF HIS QB AND THE ALLURE OF WRIGLEY FIELD

August 13, 2010 | Stewart Mandel
After hooking a critical field goal attempt in the Outback Bowl, the fifth-year senior returns for a second chance to make history

August 13, 2010 | Stewart Mandel
With Terrelle Pryor hitting his stride, Jim Tressel's loaded Buckeyes are looking to reach their third BCS championship game in five seasons

August 13, 2010 | Jim Tressel
ON TEAM MATURITY, HIS 10-YEAR TENURE AND WHERE TO EAT

August 13, 2010 | Stewart Mandel
Family ties brought this native Ohioan to Columbus. A sense of Buckeyes tradition is driving him to raise his big-hitting game higher

August 13, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
Despite several steady seasons, Joe Paterno is rolling the dice on the lineup in hopes of finding a combination that will return PSU to the national stage

August 13, 2010 | Joe Paterno
ON MEETING, TWEETING AND STICKING AROUND

August 13, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
A superior British football player isn't news—except when the ball in question is a pigskin. Penn State has itself one dangerous chap

August 13, 2010 | Matt Dollinger
In year two of his renovation project, coach Danny Hope's goals are for the Boilermakers to cut down on mistakes, develop talent and go to a bowl

August 13, 2010 | Danny Hope
ON WHAT HE LEARNED THIS SPRING AND THAT NOTRE DAME OPENER

August 13, 2010 | Matt Dollinger
Faster than a speeding running back, more powerful than a giant offensive lineman—and just as modest as any Midwesterner

August 13, 2010 | Lars Anderson
An offense that tore up opponents on the ground and through the air last season could be more potent than ever. In Madison they have a word for that

August 13, 2010 | Stewart Mandel
SI's selection of the players (and their understudies) who light up the Big Ten on offense, defense and special teams

August 13, 2010 | Bret Bielema
ON HOME-GAME CULTURE AND FINDING NEW LEADERS

August 13, 2010 | Lars Anderson
One of three brothers to play college football, the savvy passer developed his skills, and his love for the game, right in his own backyard

August 13, 2010 | Dan Greene
The conference has long produced passionate rivalries and imperishable moments. Here are the best of the best of those timeless matchups

August 13, 2010 | Austin Murphy
Why the college game blows the NFL away