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Iowa camp preview: Is QB Jake Rudock developing?

Jake Rudock

Kirk Ferentz Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

This looks like a potentially special Iowa team, a squad good enough to win the Big Ten West. The Hawkeyes are coming off a strong 8-5 season with six starters back on offense and five on defense in what will be Kirk Ferentz’s 16th season on the job.

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Reports: Braxton Miller injures shoulder, set for MRI

The report by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch Monday night that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller reinjured his right shoulder is bad news for the Buckeyes and the Big Ten. Miller had offseason surgery on the same shoulder, and Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports followed up the Columbus Dispatch report with news that Miller would have an MRI on Tuesday.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Nebraska

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Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini - BTN Live

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Could this be the year Nebraska finally wins the program’s first league championship since 1999? It may happen if the offense develops balance and the defense delivers on big expectations.

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Mailbag: When will B1G have national respect?

David Cobb

Minnesota RB David Cobb - BTN Live

The BTN bus tour is almost over, but keep those cards and letters coming. This is a great time of year. Optimism is high on each campus and the possibilities seem limitless at some places. Let’s answer some of your letters.

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Dienhart's Diary: Next best thing to being on the bus

Braxton Miller

BTN Live - Maryland WR Stefon Diggs

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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is trying something new this year on our annual football tour. At each of the 14 practices across Big Ten country, Dienhart will pen a quick diary post. From Indiana, the first stop, to Illinois, the 14th and final stop, our expert will provide plenty of fun behind-the-scenes updates.

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Nebraska camp preview: Is Armstrong ready?

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Purdue

Bell Goes Up Top for the One-Handed Grab, Touchdown!

Expectations are trending up for Nebraska after it closed last season with a Gator Bowl victory over Georgia. This is a club that welcomes back five starters on offense and seven on defense. There is plenty of skill on offense. And the defense could be Bo Pelini’s best since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. Could this team win the new Big Ten West? Perhaps.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Minnesota

Minnesota Practice

Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill - BTN Live

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MINNEAPOLIS – There is some mojo to Minnesota as it enters its fourth season under the steady hand of Jerry Kill. This team opened 2013 with an 8-2 mark, running off four Big Ten victories in a row for the first time since 1973.

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Minnesota camp preview: Is Leidner the answer?

Mitch Leidner

Jerry Kill Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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Minnesota is a program on the rise as it enters its fourth season under Jerry Kill. The Golden Gophers have seven starters back on offense and six on defense. At one point last year, Minnesota was 8-2, ripping off four Big Ten wins in a row before losing its last three games. Kill has seen his win total go from three to six to eight in each of this three seasons in Dinkytown. Can he improve it for a fourth season in succession?

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Wisconsin camp preview: How does front 7 look?

Gary Andersen

Chris Borland leaping tackle

The debut of the Gary Andersen regime was a successful one. Wisconsin started 9-2 and had some hopes of a BCS bowl before losing to Penn State in the season finale at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers also lost to South Carolina in Capital One Bowl. For Act Two, challenges loom for a program that is the pick of many to win the Big Ten West.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from NU practice

Northwestern Practice

Pat Fitzgerald - Fall Practice Interview

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KENOSHA, Wis. – It was a great day for practice, almost chilly. It was brief, as players worked in helmets and shoulder pads. It also was notable for who didn’t partake: WR Miles Shuler; DE Ifeadi Odenigbo; DE Sean McEvilly; OL Shane Merz; OL Ian Park; OT Jack Konopka; WR Tony Jones; RB Warren Long; S Traveon Henry; WR Cameron Dickerson were the most prominent.

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NU camp preview: Who replaces Mark, Jones?

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Pat Fitzgerald Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

Northwestern was primed for a big 2013. It didn’t happen, as the Wildcats missed the postseason for the first time since 2007, ending a five-year run. Pat Fitzgerald’s crew welcomes back lots of veteran talent from a team that started 4-0 but finished 5-7, enduring a seven-game losing skid before ending the season with a victory over rival Illinois.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Purdue

Purdue Practice

Darrell Hazell - Fall Practice Interview

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RENSSELAER, Ind. – It’s all about improving for Purdue, which is coming off a rough 1-11 season that saw the team struggle in just about every phase of the game.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Michigan State

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MSU Coach Mark Dantonio - BTN Live

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State is now the hunted. How will it respond? It should be interesting. The Spartans have scaled the top of Big Ten mountain, capping a conference championship season with a Rose Bowl triumph en route to going 13-1 last season.

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Purdue camp preview: Is Etling the man at QB?

Danny Etling

Darrell Hazell Opening Statement - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

After a 1-11 debut (0-8 Big Ten), things can only go up for Darrell Hazell and Purdue, right? That’s the hope in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers have myriad questions to answer, with the biggest being along both fronts.

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Michigan State camp preview: Is this group still hungry?

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Mark Dantonio Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

Michigan State is the reigning Big Ten king. Can the Spartans stay on top? This program is rolling as Mark Dantonio enters his eighth year in East Lansing. The last four years, MSU has gone 42-12 overall and 25-7 in the Big Ten. What’s next? A national title? Maybe.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Michigan

Michigan Practice

Brady Hoke - Fall Practice Interview

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan has just 10 scholarship seniors as Brady Hoke enters his fourth season in Ann Arbor. He hasn’t been able to replicate his 2011 debut, when he went 11-2 and won the Sugar Bowl. Needless to say, the Wolverines will be scrutinized this fall.

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Michigan camp preview: Is the o-line better?

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Brady Hoke Opening Statement - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

It’s no secret: This is a big year for Michigan and Brady Hoke, who last year saw a 5-0 start melt into a 7-6 finish. The offense floundered, so coordinator Al Borges was dismissed. Hoke tabbed Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to take over. What new wrinkles will we see? It won’t really matter unless the line improves.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Penn State

James Franklin

Penn State Head Coach James Franklin - BTN Live

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – There is much anticipation for the start of James Franklin’s maiden voyage at Penn State. But he faces big depth hurdles due to NCAA sanctions. And attrition could prove hazardous to the program as it continues to deal with scholarship limits.

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Penn State camp preview: Will the o-line hold up?

NCAA Football: Penn State-Spring Game

James Franklin Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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James Franklin has created a buzz around the Penn State program with his electric personality and general bombast. The guy is a high-wire act of energy and enthusiasm. No doubt, the former Vanderbilt coach has “won” the offseason. But how will his first team do?

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