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Friday's links: Abdullah's message to young RBs & more

The storylines continue to percolate in training camps across the Big Ten as we inch closer to the start of the season. But, heck, I’m gonna race right past the opening kickoff and on to the Big Ten title game. The great David Jones of PennLive.com ponders the possibility of Northwestern playing Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Hey, it could happen.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 13, Tyler Scott

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Tyler Scott Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

We’re 13 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.

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Dienhart, on Badgers: 'This is still Wisconsin'

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Wisconsin Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Tour

MADISON, Wis. – No doubt about it, Gary Andersen will possess plenty of talent in his first season at Wisconsin. In fact, ex-coach Bret Bielema often pointed toward 2013 as being a potentially big season for a program that has gone to the last three Rose Bowls. On Thursday, the defense had a big edge on the offense, as camp legs appear to be setting in.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 14, Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah Interview - 2013 Fall Football Tour

We’re 14 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.

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Dienhart: Talent is there at Illinois, but it's young

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Illinois Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

RANTOUL, Ill. – Tim Beckman is hoping for better results in Year Two after a 2-10 debut in Champaign that saw Illinois push its Big Ten losing skid to 14 games. This is a team whose best talent is young, so patience must be preached as growing pains are likely. Beckman made nice adjustments on his staff in the offseason, bringing in ex-Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit to run the offense.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 15, Brandon Vitabile

Brandon Vitabile

Mark Finds the Endzone from 3 Yards Out vs. Michigan

We’re 15 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.

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Dienhart: Plenty to like about talented Wildcats

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Northwestern Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

KENOSHA, Wis. – Much anticipation surrounds Northwestern. In fact, there was no school I was more looking forward to watching in camp than the Wildcats, who are coming off a 10-win season and the program’s first bowl victory since the 1948 season. Today, Camp Kenosha felt a little like mid-October during one of the more spirited stops on our tour.

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Dienhart: In Hazell, Purdue has bright future

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Bruce Gaston Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue ran a spirited practice Monday that moved in a well-organized fashion. Darrell Hazell is strong presence who floated from group to group, but he tends to gravitate to the offense—his background. There was more hitting in the Boilermakers’ camp this season than last under Danny Hope. I came away impressed with a lot for a program that seemingly has a bright future.

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Dienhart: This Michigan State team is motivated

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Michigan State Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Spartans looked impressive in practice Sunday, though they may be showing some “camp legs.” Still, this is an impressive-looking team that is loaded with athletic ability. More vital: It’s a motivated team coming off a 7-6 season. It was a spirited workout that moved efficiently. Mark Dantonio wasn’t as hands-on as some other head coaches I have seen, opting to rove from spot to spot.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 18, Jared Abbrederis

Nebraska vs Wisconsin

Jared Abbrederis Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

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We’re 18 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.

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Dienhart: 'Best is yet to come for this program'

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Michigan Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan is the pick of many to win the Legends Division this season. And, after watching the Wolverines practice today, I can see why. Michigan looked good, easily passing the eyeball test.

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Mailbag: Is Ohio State a worthy Big Ten favorite?

Oct 13, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs the ball against the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2nd half at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defeated Indiana 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Jack Mewhort Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

The BTN bus is rolling through Big Ten territory, checking out training camps at each school during the Network’s annual tour. Lots to see. And, by the volume of mail, I can tell there is a lot of anticipation from fans. With that, I reach into my mail bag and answer your questions. Keep those cards and letters coming! I appreciate it.

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Dienhart: Penn State's Ferguson 'may be the guy'

Penn State practice

Penn State Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The BTN Football Tour took us to Penn State camp Thursday. My first thought: Bill O’Brien runs a great practice. No doubt who is in charge here, as O’Brien is a commanding presence on the field who is organized and intense. The front-line players are very nice. The depth? Meh.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 21, Melvin Gordon

Nebraska vs Wisconsin

Gordon Rushes for TD from 17-Yards Out vs. Indiana

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We’re 21 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.

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Best Case/Worst Case: Minnesota Golden Gophers

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Minnesota Season Preview - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

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Minnesota could be poised for a breakout in Year Three under Jerry Kill, who got the program to its first bowl since 2009 last season. Playing in the rigorous Legends Division will make Kill’s task difficult with the likes of Nebraska, Michigan, Northwestern and Michigan State looming, but Kill continues to improve the talent on the roster. Here’s my look at the best- and worst-case scenarios for the Golden Gophers this season.

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Dienhart: Thoughts from Indiana practice

Indiana 2013 Tour

Indiana Impressions - 2013 BTN Fall Football Practice Tour

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Optimism is high at Indiana as it enters its third season under Kevin Wilson. Most of the key parts of a top offense are back, and the Hoosiers have eight home games—the first five at home. That’s why some think this program may be headed to its first bowl since 2007. Here’s what I learned watching practice today in Bloomington.

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