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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

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

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

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

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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B1G Player Rankings: No. 23, Isaiah Lewis

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Isaiah Lewis Interview - 2013 Fall Football Tour

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We’re 23 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: New-look Purdue

Bruce Gaston

Purdue Season Preview - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

The arrival of Darrell Hazell from Kent State has energized Purdue and given fans hope for the future. He inherits a team that went to a bowl last season under Danny Hope, but the roster is still a bit talent poor. Regardless, Hazell has a nice plan and a strong staff. Here is my best- and worst-case scenarios for the Boilermakers.

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Tuesday's links: Replacing Le'Veon, Huskers' D & more

Training camps are buzzing across the Big Ten. Where to begin? How about East Lansing? One of the biggest issues facing Michigan State in its camp is the search for a running back with Le’Veon Bell gone a year early. (Was there a bigger loss for any Big Ten team?) Co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner shares his early impressions of the freshmen backs here.

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Best Case/Worst Case: Indiana Hoosiers

Indiana at Navy

Indiana Season Preview - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Expectations are teeming in Bloomington, as Kevin Wilson enters his third season on the job. A high-powered offense gives the Hoosiers a chance in just about every game. But how will the defense perform, as Indiana looks for its bowl since 2007? Here is my best- and worst-case scenarios for the Hoosiers.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 25, Anthony Hitchens

Cody Latimer

Anthony Hitchens' Big Hit

We’re 25 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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BTN Tour preview: What I'm looking for along the way

BTN Football Tour - Tim Beckman

Tom Dienhart's Take Away on Nebraska

It’s about time for me to kiss my son, Calvin; daughter, Veronica; and wife, Robin, goodbye. I also need to rub my dog Gizmo’s ample belly one last time before I finish packing my bags.

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Best Case/Worst Case: Michigan State Spartans

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan

Michigan State Season Preview - 2013 B1G Media Day

Expectations were big for Michigan State entering last season, as the Spartans were coming off consecutive 11-win seasons and an appearance in the Big Ten title game after the 2011 season. Alas, a sluggish offense was a big culprit in a disappointing 7-6 season. But hope springs eternal for MSU in 2013, thanks to what looks to be another stout defense. Here is my Best Case/Worst Case for Michigan State.

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