Welcome back, college football. We missed you.
With the 2016 college football season officially upon us, we come to the culmination of CSNChicago.com's outrageously comprehensive Big Ten football preview.
Take a look at some of the big-picture pieces previewing and attempting to predict what will happen in the conference this season, and go team-by-team for the biggest storylines on all 14 of the campuses throughout Big Ten Country.
Games start this week, so be sure to get your reading in now. You'll be an expert by kickoff.
Why all 14 teams will/won't win the Big Ten this season
Five games that will decide who plays for the Big Ten title
Who wins the Big Ten Championship Game in 2016?
A third straight College Football Playoff appearance for the Big Ten?
The @CSNBigTen preseason All-Big Ten Team
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illini have bought in to Lovie, a positive sign for recruiting
In his final season, Wes Lunt looks to lead Illini through more change
Will Ke'Shawn Vaughn flourish as Illini's go-to back?
Video: CSN goes 1-on-1 with Illini coach Lovie Smith
Video: Wes Lunt on Illinois' offense for 2016
Video: Lovie Smith: "There's a rebirth to our program"
Video: Lovie Smith talks about recruiting process with Illini
Video: Whitman is "confident" Illini will see progress under Lovie
Video: Illinois football impact players ready for the 2016 season
To take Hoosiers higher, Kevin Wilson needs to finally fix defense
Devine Redding next to run wild for Hoosiers
Can Hawkeyes turn in worthy encore performance?
C.J. Beathard looks to lead another strong campaign for Hawkeyes
Can Desmond King be even better for Hawkeyes?
Video: C.J. Beathard: "Now we know what it's going to take" to win
Can DJ Durkin build up Terps in loaded Big Ten East?
Will Likely looks to impact all phases of game for Terps
Can Terps fix woeful quarterback play from a year ago?
Video: Maryland football coach Durkin: "We can recruit with anyone"
Harbaugh's turnaround yields huge expectations for Michigan
Lewis, Peppers to star for Michigan defense (and everywhere else)
Michigan's pass-catchers should make life easy for new QB
Video: Michigan players on what Jim Harbaugh brings
Michigan State Spartans
Overlooked again, perennial-power Spartans don't sweat lack of hype
Connor Cook leaves big shoes to fill at QB for Michigan State
Malik McDowell and the Spartans defense look to wreak havoc
Video: Michigan State prepared for Big Ten season
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Tracy Claeys continues Gophers on path Jerry Kill started
Can Gophers' Mitch Leidner live up to surprising NFL Draft buzz?
Video: Leidner, Claeys talk Gopher QB's NFL Draft buzz
After six-win season, can Huskers find normalcy under Mike Riley?
Can Tommy Armstrong better get the ball to Huskers' offensive weapons?
To contend for title, Northwestern needs to win the big games
In Year 2 as starter, Clayton Thorson looks to improve Cats' passing game
Lighter load for Justin Jackson could prove big for Northwestern
Losing several starters, Northwestern reloads on defense
Video: Pat Fitzgerald talks about Northwestern's 2016 season
Video: Fitzgerald reacts to nine-game Big Ten schedule
Video: Who is Chicago's Big Ten team? Fitz responds
Ohio State Buckeyes
Even after losing so much to NFL, Buckeyes don't rebuild, they reload
J.T. Barrett primed for big year as the Buckeyes' only QB
Can Mike Weber follow in Ezekiel Elliott's footsteps?
Video: J.T. Barrett talks talented but inexperienced Buckeyes
Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State hopes to see sanctions-impacted decisions pay off
Is Penn State's Saquon Barkley already the Big Ten's best back?
Will new coordinator, new QB fix ailing Penn State offense?
Video: James Franklin: "I think you're going to see progress"
Video: Penn State thinks Saquon Barkley is the best running back
Can Darrell Hazell turn optimism into results at Purdue?
Will another season bring another QB quandary for Purdue?
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
In Chris Ash, Rutgers has the change it desperately needed
Janarion Grant an all-around weapon for Rutgers
Chris Ash using Meyer, Bielema influence at Rutgers
Video: Hamilton: Chris Ash "everything you look for in a coach"
Healthy Corey Clement ready to break out with Badgers' experienced RB corps
Badgers face daunting schedule in and out of conference
Can Badgers continue defensive success under new coordinator?
Video: Vince Biegel on Badgers' defensive coordinator switch
Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.
Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football.
"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.
"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.
"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline."
Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."
"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.
"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."
Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.
Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.
As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.
Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.
The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.