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How much would you pay to attend a game? This much

Reese Strickland-US PRESSWIRE

If Big Ten fans want to attend games, they’ll have to reach deep into their pockets. Big Ten teams occupy three of the top four spots in Forbes.com’s ranking of most expensive average ticket price for 2013.

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Dienhart: Best of the 2013 BTN Football Tour

Ryan Shazier

Ciante Evans Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

BTN.com

After 15 nights in 12 hotels and 12 cities, stretching from Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa., the BTN bus has come to a stop. It was a fun ride, visiting all the Big Ten schools to watch practices. It was the BTN crew’s last chance to kick the tires on each team before the start of the 2013 season.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 7, Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson

PSU WR Allen Robinson Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

We’re seven 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: My most important Week 1 Big Ten games

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz

Iowa Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

Not all season-opening games are created equally. Some are more difficult and critical than others. Yes, you never want to put too much stock into one game. Still, the first game of the season is bigger and more important for some teams than it is for others. With the season fast approaching, here is my look at the seven most fascinating season openers.

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Dienhart: Myriad questions loom for Hawkeyes

Kirk Ferentz

Iowa Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

As Kirk Ferentz enters his 15th season in Iowa City, he finds himself looking to get his program back on track. The Hawkeyes’ win total has gone from 11 to 8 to 7 to 4 last season. Myriad questions loom for Iowa as it winds down training camp, as the halcyon days of the early-2000s fade further into the rear-view mirror. But Ferentz and Co., often do their best work when expectations are low.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 9, Chris Borland

Chris Borland

Chris Borland leaping tackle

We’re nine 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 as we count it down, from 25-1, every day.

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Dienhart: Huskers have one of 'best-looking' fronts

Nebraska Practice

Nebraska Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Tour

LINCOLN, Neb. – It’s difficult to believe that this is Bo Pelini’s sixth season in Lincoln. Time flies. He has done many good things, highlighted by last year’s trip to the Big Ten title game. But to get over the hump and to the program’s first league title since 1999, the defense needs to improve.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 10, Max Bullough

Max Bullough

Max Bullough Interview - 2013 Fall Practice Tour

We’re 10 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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Web links: Possible Gopher upsets, Beck's future & more

Big doings this weekend. The AP poll came out, with Ohio State pacing five Big Ten teams and ranking No. 2. Here is a good side-by-side comparison between the Coaches and AP polls. And Purdue tabbed Rob Henry as starting quarterback, leaving Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan State and Penn State yet to name a starter. Here’s what else is going on, as camps march on across Big Ten territory.

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Purdue names veteran Rob Henry starting QB

Sep 15, 2012; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Rob Henry (15) runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Rob Henry Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Rookie Purdue coach Darrell Hazell made official what everyone suspected when he named fifth-year senior Rob Henry the starting quarterback.

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Dienhart: Kill, Gophers closer to turning corner

Minnesota QBs

Minnesota Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Tour

MINNEAPOLIS – Jerry Kill is getting closer to turning the corner in his third season at Minnesota. This team looks noticeably bigger—and more athletic—than when I was here last August to watch practice. And Kill told me afterward that the players are now leading themselves better—and buying in.

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Mailbag: Can Wildcats take down Buckeyes?

Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE

Our trek across Big Ten country continues, as we’ve now visited 10 of the 12 camps. Nebraska and Iowa, you’re next. Until then, it’s time to dig into my mailbag. Lots of interesting questions as we inch closer to the start of the 2013 season. Keep those cards and letters coming! Thanks!

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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'

Beau Allen

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

@IlliniFootball

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

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

Venric Mark

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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