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Yarina: My preseason All-Big Ten Offensive Team

The Big Ten football season kicks off in less than two weeks. Before Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go, it’s time to unveil my preseason All-Big Ten Offense. Who did I miss? Feel free to leave your submission in the comment section at the bottom of the post. I’ll post my defensive team later. [ RELATED: Yarina: My preseason All-Big Ten Defense ] Editor’s note: Click on images below to see full photos and analysis. About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes

Twitter: 2013 Big Ten football breakout players?

The topic of breakout players can be an ambiguous one. For example, some people view Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah as a 2013 breakout player. Others, meanwhile, feel that with 1,315 total yards and 10 scores a season ago, he’s well past “breakout” territory. I tend to side with the latter. Either way, I went to Twitter and asked Big Ten fans for their 2013 breakout candidates. Before we move on to the fans’ picks, here are my top candidates: Devin Funchess and Melvin Gordon on offense and Adolphus Washington and Shilique Calhoun on defense. To be fair, my offensive picks had

Photo: Buckeyes, Braxton Miller on SI regional cover

Sports Illustrated has six regional covers for its college football preview issue, and one of them is dedicated to Ohio State and Braxton Miller. The cover features Miller on the run and reads: “This season it counts. The class of the Big Ten goes SEC hunting.” The Buckeyes, who SI ranks No. 4 in its preseason poll, went 12-0 last season but were ineligible for the posteason due to NCAA sanctions. The other SI cover boys include No. 1 Alabama; No. 2 Stanford; No. 3 Texas A&M; No. 5 Oregon; No. 6 South Carolina. What do you think of the

Video: Purdue players show off diving 'skills'

David Boudia the Purdue football players are not. This comes as no surprise, but it’s even more evident after the team hit up the pool following Tuesday’s two-a-day. There, players took turns jumping off the diving boards, some taking it semi-seriously and others going for the best belly flop. Hilarity ensued, and the PurdueSports YouTube page has the video of it. This is great stuff. Want to see a good dive, one that Boudia would be proud of? Find it here, courtesy Brandon Cottom. How about arguably the worst dive? Right here, from Cody Webster. And then, there’s Johnny Daniels’

Yankee Candle now selling select Big Ten candles

Gee, you know what the fan who has it all could really use? A school-specific candle, that’s what. Well, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin fans are in luck. Just in time for kickoff, Yankee Candle has released school-specific (scented) candles, and the collection includes the aforementioned four Big Ten schools. Here are the links to purchase the Big Ten candles: Illinois Michigan State Ohio State Wisconsin It’s no misprint, these 22-ounce candles will run you $27.99. Hey, no one said school pride was cheap. But nothing will complete your tailgate or viewing party better than the scent coming

Video: Iowa films impromptu music video at airport

How do you kill time while waiting for a flight to board? Prior to its flight Sunday to London, the Iowa basketball team used one of the moving walkways at O’Hare International Airport to shoot an impromptu music video. Best of all, Iowa posted the masterpiece to YouTube. [ LostLettermen.com: Iowa BB performs moving sidewalk dance ] Yep, that’s Mike Gesell on the moving walkway and Peter Jok dancing in front of it to, of all things, Soulja Boy’s “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” 2007 song/video. Kind of random, yes, but they deserve props for doing something like this in public.

B1G Player Rankings: No. 16, Jack Mewhort

We’re 16 days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day. No. 16: Jake Mewhort, OT, Ohio State As the left tackle, Mewhort, of course, is responsible for protecting Braxton Miller’s blind side. That alone makes the senior a very valuable commodity. But the former guard also is one of the Big Ten’s best at his

Photo: Iowa State to wear throwbacks vs. Iowa

Late on this , but Iowa State recently announced it will sport throwback uniforms when it hosts Iowa on Sept. 14. A season ago, if you remember, Iowa wore throwbacks vs. the Cyclones at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa State said in a release that the uniform is similar to the ones the team wore when Jack Trice played for the Cyclones in the early 1920s. Iowa State’s stadium is named after Trice, the first African-American athlete at Iowa State who died due to injuries suffered in a 1923 game. This uniform is nice, as far as throwbacks go. Iowa fans, however,

Polls: Who wins 2013 Big Ten individual awards?

With the 2013 college football season a little more than two weeks away, I thought it was a good time to consider preseason favorites for all of the Big Ten end-of-the-season awards. From the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year to the Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year, I offer my picks. Also, cast your winners in this post. Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year 1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State 2. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska 3. Devin Gardner, Michigan Next: Kain Colter, Northwestern Dark horse: Tre Roberson, Indiana Preseason analysis: The three names may finish the season in a different order, but these are

BTN Football Tour: Relive all of our 2013 coverage

It’s one of our favorite annual traditions. Every summer, after each practice on our 12-stop trek across Big Ten country, the player represented on our tour bus signs his likeness. It makes for a tremendous photo op – not to mention a really cool memento from our travels. See a photo of all the players signing their likeness and relive all of our tour coverage right here. Stop No. 1: Indiana ( RECAP | TWEETS | PICS | VIDEO ) [ VIDEO: Watch our football tour impressions, interviews ] Stop No. 2: Ohio State ( RECAP | TWEETS | PICS | VIDEO