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Michigan State toppled Ohio State in last season's Big Ten title game. Are the Spartans still the class of the conference? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

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2014 Big Ten football teams

Illinois

Illinois

2013 overall: 4-8
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Indiana

Indiana

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Iowa

Iowa

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Maryland

Maryland

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 ACC: 3-5

Michigan

Michigan

2013 overall: 7-6
2013 Big Ten: 3-5

Michigan State

Michigan State

2013 overall: 13-1
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Minnesota

Minnesota

2013 overall: 8-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Nebraska

Nebraska

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 5-3

Northwestern

Northwestern

2013 overall: 5-7
2013 Big Ten: 1-7

Ohio State

Ohio State

2013 overall: 12-2
2013 Big Ten: 8-0

Penn State

Penn State

2013 overall: 7-5
2013 Big Ten: 4-4

Purdue

Purdue

2013 overall: 1-11
2013 Big Ten: 0-8

Rutgers

Rutgers

2013 overall: 6-7
2013 American: 3-5

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

2013 overall: 9-4
2013 Big Ten: 6-2

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Penn State hires James Franklin

James Franklin is the next football head coach at Penn State. Franklin recently led Vanderbilt to three straight bowl games during his three-year tenure, winning two of them and forming the Commodores into a team to be reckoned with. He'll have the usual host of challenges in Happy Valley, but given the turmoil the program has experienced over the past few years, he'll really have to be on his game to bring the Nittany Lions another title.

Will James Franklin be a good fit as head coach at Penn State?

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  • How will Penn State perform under James Franklin compared to how it performed under Bill O'Brien?

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  • Will Penn State ever contend for a national title under James Franklin?

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  • Which would have been the better move for James Franklin?

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  • Which of the following was the best hire?

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Penn St. getting scholarships back

The NCAA says it will gradually restore the 20 football scholarships it took away from Penn State over its handling of child sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. For some, the return of five scholarships per season won't go far enough. For others, any lessening of the sanctions is wrong. Did the NCAA do the right thing? Should it consider reducing other penalties against the Nittany Lions?

Do you approve of the NCAA restoring five football scholarships per season at Penn State?

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  • Overall, has the NCAA treated Penn State fairly throughout the Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal?

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  • What's your opinion of the NCAA given its decision to gradually restore football scholarships at Penn State?

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  • Which other penalties against Penn State should the NCAA reduce or lift?

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  • Will Penn State ever be an elite football program again?

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No. 2 Ohio State finished last season undefeated. Will the Buckeyes dominate for a second consecutive season? Do you expect No. 17 Michigan and No. 18 Nebraska to have better showings? What about Penn State and No. 23 Wisconsin? How will Big Ten teams stack up in 2013? Click the team logos below to set your rankings!

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2013 Big Ten football teams

Illinois

Illinois

2012 overall: 2-10
2012 Big Ten: 0-8

Indiana

Indiana

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 Big Ten: 2-6

Iowa

Iowa

2012 overall: 4-8
2012 Big Ten: 2-6

Michigan

Michigan

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 Big Ten: 6-2

Michigan State

Michigan State

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 Big Ten: 3-5

Minnesota

Minnesota

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 Big Ten: 2-6

Nebraska

Nebraska

2012 overall: 10-4
2012 Big Ten: 7-1

Northwestern

Northwestern

2012 overall: 10-3
2012 Big Ten: 5-3

Ohio State

Ohio State

2012 overall: 12-0
2012 Big Ten: 8-0

Penn State

Penn State

2012 overall: 8-4
2012 Big Ten: 6-2

Purdue

Purdue

2012 overall: 6-7
2012 Big Ten: 3-5

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

2012 overall: 8-6
2012 Big Ten: 4-4

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Marqise Lee returned to USC practice Wednesday, prompting a sigh of relief from the injury-riddled Trojans. Lee is college football's near-consensus top receiver. Can anyone challenge the likely top 10 pick in 2013 for that title? How do the rest of the best stack up?

Rank 'Em: Heisman | Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Top 25

Rank: College football's best WRs

Davante Adams

Davante Adams

Fresno State
2012: 102 rec, 1,312 yds, 14 TDs

Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks

Oregon State
2012: 67 rec, 1,151 yds, 5 TDs

Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper

Alabama
2012: 59 rec, 1,000 yds, 11 TDs

Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs

Maryland
2012: 54 rec, 848 yds, 6 TDs

Mike Evans

Mike Evans

Texas A&M
2012: 82 rec, 1,105 yds, 5 TDs

Noel Grigsby

Noel Grigsby

San Jose State
2012: 82 rec, 1,307 yds, 9 TDs

Cody Hoffman

Cody Hoffman

BYU
2012: 100 rec, 1,248 yds, 11 TDs

Marqise Lee

Marqise Lee

USC
2012: 118 rec, 1,721 yds, 14 TDs

Jordan Matthews

Jordan Matthews

Vanderbilt
2012: 94 rec, 1,323 yds, 8 TDs

Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson

Penn State
2012: 77 rec, 1,018 yds, 11 TDs

Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart

Oklahoma State
2012: 101 rec, 1,210 yds, 7 TDs

Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins

Clemson
2012: 57 rec, 708 yds, 3 TDs

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