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Gopher LB Mike Rallis shaves long locks

Minnesota senior linebacker Mike Rallis hadn’t cut his hair his entire college career. He finally got a haircut Monday night. Rallis, along with other Minnesota student-athletes, shaved his head to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research. See the before and after shot of Rallis in this post.

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Week 10 Player Rankings: Bullough breaks in

Max Bullough

Braxton Miller 1 Yard Touchdown

It’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. There’s one name making its debut on this week’s installment. What other movement was there? Find out in this post. Remember, this feature ranks the Big Ten’s top six offensive and defensive players. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa.

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How did we do? Week 9 picks revisited

William Gholston

Bennie Fowler's 12-Yard Winning Touchdown & Celebration

Before we turn our attention to Week 10, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 9 predictions. It was a rough week for all involved, as BTN.com fans led the way with a 3-3 record. As a result, BTN.com fans tied Dienhart for the top spot in the season standings, at 54-20. I sit three games behind the pace.

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Counting 'em down: Week 9 top 10 plays

Bennie Fowler

Sudfeld to Houston for TD

There were blocked punts, pick-6s, incredible catches, field goals of more than 50 yards and a game-winning score on the final play of the game in the Big Ten during Week 9. See BTN.com Brent Yarina’s top 10 plays of Week 9 in this post.

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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 9

Marines logo

Michael Carter Pick-6

Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 9? Find out in this post.

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Player Rankings: No. 1 Cody Zeller

Indiana's Cody Zeller

The Zeller Dunk-a-thon

It’s time for No. 1. The last nine days, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina has unveiled his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. See players 2-10 here. Who’s No. 1? It’s pretty simple at this point, really. The pick is Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller. Reminder: Once the season gets underway, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday.

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Big Ten Media Day notebook: Dirk, Zeller & fashion

Matt Painter

Tip-Off Before Kick-Off - Who is Dirk Hunter?

While at Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday, I walked around the mammoth Hyatt Regency O’Hare in search of some nuggets for a Media Day Notebook.See what I came up with from the event that issued more than 300 credentials, a figure Big Ten officials said was “the most in recent memory.”

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First Four: Big Ten stars answer four questions

Cody Zeller

2012 Big Ten Basketball Media Day - Matt Painter

During Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, I went around and asked one player from all 12 teams the following questions: 1. Toughest Big Ten road venue? 2. Favorite Big Ten player to watch? 3. Best Big Ten uniform? 4. Favorite Big Ten road trip? The players’ answers were anonymous, and the only rule was that they couldn’t use their school for any answer. See the winners, plus a couple sample quotes, in this post.

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Player Rankings: No. 2 Trey Burke

Michigan's Trey Burke

Trey Burke Pass

BTN.com’s Brent Yarina’s 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings is down to the final two players. Catch up on the first eight installments here. Each post includes player stats and one video highlight from the 2011-12 season. Once the season tips off, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next, at No. 2: Michigan’s Trey Burke.

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Player Rankings: No. 3 Deshaun Thomas

Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas

Gus Johnson: Gets the roll

BTN.com’s Brent Yarina continues to unveil his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next: Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas.

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Did You See This? 'Hoosier Hysteria' intro video

Indiana's Isiah Thomas

Indiana Scrimmages at "Hoosier Hysteria"

If you’re an Indiana basketball fan, you’ll love the IUAthletics YouTube video in this post. Even if you don’t like Indiana, you’ll enjoy the editing and execution. The video is called “Then and Now,” and as the fans who saw it tip off Saturday’s “Hoosier Hysteria” can attest, it blends Indiana’s rich history with the current roster, in photos and video. Cody Zeller and Will Sheehey on the bench as Bob Knight tosses the chair? Check. Damon Bailey passing to Victor Oladipo? Check.

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Player Rankings: No. 4 Trevor Mbakwe

Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe

Fairfield at Minnesota - Men's Basketball Highlights

BTN.com’s Brent Yarina is in the middle of unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next, at No. 4: Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe.

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Week 9 Player Rankings: Ryan on the rise

Jake Ryan

Jesse James 31 Yard Touchdown

With Week 8 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week.

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Player Rankings: No. 5 Tim Frazier

Penn State's Tim Frazier

Tim Frazier finishes the Alley-Oop

BTN.com’s Brent Yarina is in the middle of unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next: Penn State’s Tim Frazier.

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Counting 'em down: Week 8 top 10 plays

Devin Smith

Heuerman Hauls in Game-Tying Two-Point Conversion

With several close finishes across the Big Ten in Week 8, there were plenty of huge plays. Four of the six games went down to the wire, in fact, and one of them was decided in the final seconds. See BTN.com’s Brent Yarina’s top 10 plays of Week 8 in this post.

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Player Rankings: No. 6 Aaron Craft

Ohio State's Aaron Craft

Aaron Craft's Steal-and-1

BTN.com’s Brent Yarina is in the middle of unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next: Ohio State’s Aaron Craft.

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U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 8

Marines logo

Guiton Hits Fields for a Shot at Tying the Game

Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 8? Find out in this post.

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