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Cincinnati has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference, with defending champion Central Florida second.

At Northwestern, the term "ownership" normally refers to upperclassmen taking control of the team.

No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany took a non-committal stance on an effort by five Pennsylvania Congressmen to rescind sanctions against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

The James Franklin Show made its first appearance at Big Ten media days on Monday, as the Penn State football coach strolled to the podium dressed in a sharp gray suit, white shirt and navy tie, his bald head and rimless glasses glistening in the hotel spotlights.

Rutgers defensive tackle Darius Hamilton didn't seem fazed in the least when he was informed that the vast majority of offensive linemen in his team's new conference - the Big Ten - are built along the lines of corn-fed Midwestern cattle.

James Franklin greeted the audience Monday at his first Big Ten football media day by joking that he had chosen to walk up the stairs to his room rather than go to his floor in an elevator that didn't have the Penn State logo on its door.

Brady Hoke may be under pressure entering this season, given Michigan's regressing record during his three seasons.

Mark Dantonio has been to Big Ten media days as a conference co-champion in 2011 and as a coach coming off of consecutive 11-win seasons in 2012, but this year is different.

Speaking to hundreds of reporters and a national television audience at the Big Ten media day Monday, Illinois coach Tim Beckman looked poised and sounded confident as he presented reasons to believe in the Illini.

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