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Who makes A.J. Hawk's Mount Rushmore of Ohio State LBs?

Former Ohio State standout linebacker and current Green Bay Packer A.J. Hawk stopped by the BTN studio Tuesday. With his Packers on a bye week, Hawk took the time to be a guest analyst on #BTNLive. Watch video of Hawk’s appearance above. Before Hawk went in front of the cameras, asked him a handful of questions we received for him on Twitter. We’ll get to the tweets in a moment. First, let’s get to his interview on #BTNLive. VIDEO: @OhioStAthletics product @OfficialAJHawk talks @Packers, UW-OSU & Braxton-Kenny on @BTNLive. – — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 24, 2013

What's wrong with Michigan's Devin Gardner?

Michigan fans know it all too well. Devin Gardner is in a funk, and it’s played a role in the Wolverines struggling against far inferior foes. The junior has committed 10 turnovers, including eight interceptions, and is fresh off his worst career performance (11-23, 97 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT). So, what’s wrong with Michigan’s signal-caller? We asked BTN analyst Derek Rackley (@drack48) for the answer to that question, in addition to four other hot topics around the Big Ten. What’s wrong with Devin Gardner? Derek Rackley: Oh, man, I wish I had the easy solution to that, because

First 'Cat Naps' for Wildcats, now sleep assessment studies

Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern gave new meaning to the phrase “cat nap” prior to last season’s home game vs. Nebraska. Heck, “Cat Nap” was listed on the team’s game itinerary, with the word “Mandatory” before it. So, the Wildcats all took a nap prior to the 3:30 p.m. ET game. Odd, no? Well, the week before, the Wildcats came out flat against Boston College in another 3:30 p.m. ET game. The players’ reasoning? It was their usual nap time, of course. Pat Fitzgerald listened, and that’s how the “Cat Nap” came about. Northwestern went on to lose the game, 29-28,

S. Dakota St. staff to wear Jack Hoffman hats Saturday

Nebraska could use some good news after the last couple of days, and here’s something everyone can feel good about: South Dakota State’s coaching staff is expected to wear hats Saturday in support of Jack Hoffman, the young Nebraska fan who is battling brain cancer. South Dakota State coaches will wear hats Saturday in support of Jack Hoffman and the Team Jack Foundation. #gojacks #Huskers — Brian Rosenthal (@HuskerExtraBR) September 17, 2013 [ MORE: Hear Pelini address audio recording | Reaction to Pelini tape | Pelini offers apology ] By now, most Big Ten fans know Hoffman’s story. We first

Athlon Sports: Tom Izzo is nation's No. 1 hoops coach

It’s good to be Tom Izzo and the Michigan State basketball team. One day after the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook ranked the Spartans No. 1 in its preseason poll, Athlon Sports named Izzo the nation’s top college hoops coach. Neither result is much of a stunner, especially when one considers what the Spartans return and what Tom Izzo has done in his career. [ MORE: Ranking the top 50 coaches for 2013-14 ] Only three other Big Ten teams, believe it or not, were ranked in Blue Ribbon’s preseason top 25: No. 9 Michigan; No. 11 Ohio State;

Around the web: Reaction to Bo Pelini's comments

In case you missed it, Bo Pelini released an apology Monday night for his disparaging remarks about Nebraska fans following a 2011 comeback victory over Ohio State. Pelini said, in the release, “I take full responsibility for these comments.” The comments were published in an audio recording on, which said it obtained the 102-second file from a tipster. Naturally, columnists across the globe have offered their reaction to Pelini’s words and apology. [ MORE: Bo Pelini responds to Tommie Frazier’s harsh words ] Tom Shatel, the Nebraska beat writer who Pelini also blasted in the recording, wrote this in

Week 2 Big Ten NFL standouts

Every week during the NFL season, will spotlight some of the best individual performances by Big Ten products. See our Week 2 offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week in this post. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina (3 rec., 62 yards, 1 TD; 3 KR, 80 yards; 2 PR, 20 yards) – The former Buckeye amassed 162 total yards, including 62 receiving yards, and hauled in a 40-yard touchdown in Carolina’s 24-23 loss at Buffalo. Honorable mention: Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona (15 car., 66 yards, 1 TD; 2 rec., 28 yards); Drew Brees,

Twitter: Reaction to crazy, confusing Wisconsin finish

So, in the event you were sleeping in the earliest of hours Sunday morning, there was quite the crazy and confusing finish to the Wisconsin-Arizona State game. [ MORE: Power Rankings | Week 3 honors, grades & more | Week 3 picks revisited ] Let’s try to describe the scene: Wisconsin was deep in Arizona State territory with 18 seconds remaining, when Wisconsin QB Joel Stave took the snap and ran left toward the center of the field to set up a straight shot for the potential game-winning field goal. Problem is, when Stave took a knee, he did so

Clothes Call: Indiana to debut chrome helmet today

One of college football’s most-talked-about and over-analyzed new looks will make its debut in Week 3. That’s right, Indiana is debuting its polarizing chrome candy stripe lid Saturday vs. Bowling Green. See an @IUFBEquipment photo of the helmet in this post. @HoosierFootball Gameday. #showyourstripes #chromedomes #iufb — Hoosier Equipment (@IUFBEquipment) September 14, 2013 Clearly, the helmet is pretty flashy and makes quite the statement. But players love it, recruits love it, and that’s all that matters. The chrome lid is just one of Indiana’s six helmets for the 2013 season. The Hoosiers debuted their state pride lid in Week

Twitter: Big Ten products remember 9/11

Twelve years ago today, our lives changed. To remember those who were lost and those who protected on 9/11, Big Ten athletes – both current and former – took to social media to express their sorrow and appreciation. See some of the tweets in this post. Prayers goes out to all those who lost love ones on 9/11. Today will never be forgotten. #USA — Roy Roundtree (@WRTreezy) September 11, 2013 9-11 prayers go out to all impacted by the attacks on this day all those years ago. Thanks to all our men & women of service #THANKYOU — LaVar