Is Big Ten East the beast? Perhaps, but let's see

The Big Ten East is a beast. Or at least that’s the perception.

The moment the conference announced it was altering divisions, jettisoning the “Legends” and “Leaders” monikers and a competitive balance structure in favor of geographical names and alignment, the feeling has been that the East is the stronger of the two divisions.

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Debate It: Who will be 2014 rushing yards leader?

A season ago, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon battled for the rushing yards crown. Abdullah, in the end, finished on top, albeit on 75 more carries than his rival in Madison. This season, the way the Big Ten’s loaded at running back, it might be more than a two-man race. Will Abdullah be able to hold off the deep pool? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s predictions in this post.

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BTN LiveBIG: Buckeyes kicking it to fight kids cancer

In 2008, then nine-year-old Ohio native Quinn Clarke was battling cancer for the second time in his young life. He asked his parents if he could host a kickball game to raise money for cancer research. More than 500 people came out to show their support at that first game.

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Video: Bo Ryan pranks Badgers with Final Four rings

Who says Bo Ryan is all business, all the time? Wisconsin recently released the following video of Wisconsin getting its 2014 Final Four rings. As you can see in the video below, before unveiling the rings, Ryan does a great job leading on his players by saying he didn’t believe they deserved a reward for last season.

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Big Ten has embarrassment of riches at RB

There’s Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford and Minnesota’s David Cobb. Do you want me to go on? OK.

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Our biggest surprises in first Coaches Poll

The 2014 preseason Coaches Poll came out Thursday morning, and while four Big Ten teams appear in the top-25 rankings, there are several surprises that stand out. Where is Michigan on the list, or how about Iowa? Which Big Ten teams are ranked too high, or too low? Our BTN.com panelists sounded off on the biggest surprises from the preseason polls.

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