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Hoge’s 2012 Big Ten Preview

Kain Colter. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Northwestern Wildcats

Pat Fitzgerald appears to be legitimately optimistic about a group that could start 10 sophomores or younger Saturday in the season opener.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2012

Taylor Martinez is the key to Nebraska's 2012 season. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Martinez is supposedly a better passer and the defense is supposedly more disciplined. We’ll find out shortly if that is true. If it is, Nebraska might very well end up in the Rose Bowl.

CBS Chicago–08/28/2012

MarQueis Gray (Photo by Mark A. Cunningham/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Jerry Kill has a reputation for turning around programs pretty quickly. Gophers fans are hoping he will successfully do that in Minneapolis, but this is probably his toughest test yet.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2012

William Gholston. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Michigan State Spartans

If reliable offensive weapons emerge, the defense will make Michigan State one of the best teams in the country.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2012

Denard Robinson. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Michigan Wolverines

Michigan may have the talent to be in the BCS National Championship conversation, but a tougher schedule will make it harder for Big Blue to top last season’s 11 wins.

CBS Chicago–08/22/2012

James Vandenberg. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes

After going 11-2 in 2009, the Iowa Hawkeyes appeared to be joining the upper echelon of the Big Ten.

CBS Chicago–08/21/2012

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball attempts to leap over Oregon defenders in the 2012 Rose Bowl Game. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin has lost a lot — including six assistant coaches — but still believes it has the talent to make it to their third straight Rose Bowl.

CBS Chicago–08/20/2012

Kawann Short. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

Hope finally has a healthy team (knock on wood) and the Boilermakers appear poised to have their most successful season since 2007 when they won eight games.

08/17/2012

Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions

No team in the history of college football has ever entered a season the way Penn State is in 2012.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2012

Braxton Miller. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

While Big Ten training camps are underway, Adam Hoge will devote an entire day to each of the 12 teams in the conference.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2012

Tre Roberson. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Indiana Hoosiers

Kevin Wilson failed to beat an FBS school in his first year as IU’s head coach, with his only win coming against FCS school South Carolina State.

CBS Chicago–08/10/2012

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

While Big Ten training camps are underway, Adam Hoge will devote an entire day to each of the 12 teams in the conference.

CBS Chicago–08/08/2012