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Previewing Day 1 at Big Ten media days

CHICAGO -- If you didn't wake up with a smile on your face today, check your fanometer.

The 2010 Big Ten football season is finally upon us.

Big Ten media days mark the unofficial start of the season, and the sessions get under way in just a few minutes at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. The official media schedule runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, as all 11 head coaches and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany appear at the main dais.

Earlier today, Ohio State was named the Big Ten preseason favorite for the third consecutive year. Iowa and Wisconsin came in at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the league's preseason poll.

In case you missed it, here's the rundown (all times Eastern):

11 a.m. Bret Bielema (Wisconsin)

11:15 a.m. Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)

11:30 a.m. Ron Zook (Illinois)

11:45 a.m. Rich Rodriguez (Michigan)

12:15 p.m. Mark Dantonio (Michigan State)

12:30 p.m. Bill Lynch (Indiana)

12:45 p.m. Danny Hope (Purdue)

1:15 p.m. Joe Paterno (Penn State)

1:30 p.m. Tim Brewster (Minnesota)

1:45 p.m. Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)

2 p.m. Jim Tressel (Ohio State)

2:30 p.m. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany

I'll be tracking all the happenings here at the blog and on Twitter. Colleague Mark Schlabach and I also will keeping our eyes on any news regarding division alignment, scheduling (including a potential nine-game Big Ten slate), the name of the expanded league and a football championship game.

Potential highlights of Day 1: Paterno at the dais (always entertaining), Delany's thoughts on the big-ticket items in college sports, Rodriguez discussing the challenges ahead for Michigan and Tressel, Ferentz and Bielema talking about the high expectations for their programs this fall.

This is the place to be for Big Ten media days coverage, so check back often.