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3-9, 6th in Big Ten - West
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Coaches, revenues pushing Big Ten toward top

Maybe bowl season didn't quite go as planned for the Big Ten, but the league is as strong as its ever been from top to bottom and trending up.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Big Ten West coaches in 2014: Tim Beckman (Illinois), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa), Jerry Kill (Minnesota), Bo Pelini (Nebraska), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Darrell Hazell (Purdue), Gary Andersen (Wisconsin) Big Ten West coaches in 2017: Lovie Smith (Illinois), Ferentz (Iowa), P.J. Fleck (Minnesota), Mike Riley (Nebraska), Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Jeff Brohm (Purdue), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin).

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Jeff Thomas is having himself a game. After scoring on an electrifying 44-yard touchdown catch in the first half, Thomas, the nation's No. 14 receiver from East St. Louis (Illinois) High School, just weaved his way through the entire defense on his way to a 79-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter of the Under Armour All-America Game. It was a breathtaking catch and run, and it displayed the big-play ability that has Louisville, Illinois, Oregon and Miami trying to land his commitment. Thomas will visit Louisville on Jan. 13 and Illinois on Jan. 20 and he's working on dates with Oregon and potentially Miami.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

At one point, Jeff Thomas had to be removed from his East St. Louis (Illinois) High School team because he "lost his way." But he came back more determined than ever as a senior, and the end result was one of the most electrifying touchdown catches in the Under Armour All-America Game history. Thomas, the 14th-ranked receiver that's considering Louisville, Illinois, Oregon and others, caught an out route from LSU quarterback commit Myles Brennan, broke a few tackles, and then turned on the jets to out-race several other defenders to the end zone. When he's focused like he is now, Thomas is easily one of the most deadly receivers in the 2017 class.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

East St. Louis (Illinois) High receiver Jeff Thomas raised eyebrows last week when he tweeted Missouri and Alabama were no longer in his top group. "Both are great schools, but they're just not recruting me strong enough." Thomas, the nation's 88th-ranked player, said Illinois, Miami, Oregon and Louisville have been recruting him strongly, though. Thomas said he'll visit Louisville on Jan. 13, Illinois on Jan. 20 and is working on a date with Oregon.

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Best quotes of the Big Ten season

From Jim Harbaugh's glasses to Penn State's conference title and everything in between, a look at the best quotes from the 2016 season in the Big Ten.

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Northwestern RB races around Illinois defense for 54-yard TD run (0:32)
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Northwestern's Moten stiff arms defender en route to 43-yard TD (0:21)
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B1G Week 13 game picks: Who wins The Game?

No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State headlines the weekend's Big Ten action, but there are plenty of other games that have huge implications.

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B1G awards tracker: Hardware at stake with a week to go

Offensive player of the year looks like a race between Saquon Barkley and J.T. Barrett; Buckeyes S Malik Hooker is the front runner on defense.

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