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Last summer, there was discontent  in the college football landscape as a record number of teams were choosing to head to greener pastures.  The Big Ten added Nebraska, the Pac-10 added Utah and Colorado to get to the Pac-12, the Big East added TCU, the Mountain West added Boise State, and the list goes on.

Now, we are looking at the potential for round two to the madness of last summer as Texas A&M could be heading to the SEC.  In addition, rumors are circulating that Florida State could be headed there also.

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Michigan is the clear choice as the question mark in the Legends Division.  Heck, they might even have the most question marks in the NCAA this year.

To start, reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson will be adjusting to a pro style offense,  a far cry from Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense last season.  How he adjusts to getting the ball from under center will have a huge effect on the offense.  If he adjusts seamlessly, Michigan will have a dynamic offense again this year, if he struggles, it will be up to the defense to win games.

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The Legends division appears to be a tough division to win this season as there is no clear-cut favorite.  However, there is a cellar dwellar in the division, and that is Minnesota.

The Golden Gophers had a tough go of it last season, as they limped to a 3-9 record.  While they decided to go in a new direction and named Jerry Kill as their head coach, they still have a lot of rebuilding to do.

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Marqueis Gray

The Minnesota Golden Gophers graduated their best football player last season in quarterback Adam Weber.  Multiple Reports suggest that MarQueis Gray will be the guy to replace Weber.

Of course, with a new coach entering the fray, anything can happen.  However, Kill himself said that Gray was the guy heading into fall camp, and unless anything happens in the two-a-days that suggest Gray cannot be the best guy out there, he will get the job.

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Nathan Scheelhaase

The Fighting Illini were arguably the biggest surprise team last season in the Big Ten.  The Illini were a popular pick to finish last in the Big Ten, but surprised everyone to make a bowl.

They finished the the season 7-6 including a bowl win over the Baylor Bears.  A big reason for the success was the complete 360 the Illini did on defense last season, except for the 65-63 loss to Michigan, where it seemed as though neither defense wanted to hit anyone.

After the season, however, the Illini lost a ton of juniors to the N.F.L Draft.  They lost starting running back Mikel LeShoure, defensive lineman Corey Liuget, and linebacker Martez Wilson.

A running back really didn’t emerge over the spring practices, and while I would say that Jason Ford would be the guy, we will have to see what happens with his recent arrest. 

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JaJuan Johnson was elected player of the year by the coaches and media covering the conference.  The 6’10 senior averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds  a game. He joins his head coach in the award category as Matt Painter won the Big Ten coach of the year. Matt Painter is in his 6th season as the Boilermakers head coach and will be playing the winner of the Iowa-Michigan State game as the 2nd seed. Painter managed to coach his team into the Big Ten tournament as the 2nd seed with out his Senior Forward Robbie Hummel.


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