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Keep an eye on these Big Ten freshmen

This time last year, few knew who Devin Funchess of Michigan was. Ditto David Santos of Nebraska, Jason Spriggs of Indiana and Mason Monheim of Illinois. But by the end of November, each of these true freshmen had made a name for himself. In fact, I tabbed them on my 2012 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

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Monday links: Teams prep as Game Week arrives

Game week is here! Hallelujah! On Thursday night, Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) kick off the Big Ten season. Depth charts are firming up as position battles come into focus. The chase for the Big Ten championship will commence! At Michigan, five key spots have been decided—almost–as the Wolverines chug toward their opener on Saturday. True freshman Shane Morris will be the backup quarterback.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 3, Taylor Martinez

Taylor Martinez

Taylor Martinez 71 Yard Touchdown vs. Michigan State

We’re three days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday 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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B1G Player Rankings: No. 5, Venric Mark

Venric Mark

Kain Colter and Venric Mark Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

We’re five days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday 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: Ohio State tops preseason power poll

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The analysis, opinion, conjecture, speculation and anticipation are almost finished. Real, live football kicks off Thursday, with Minnesota hosting UNLV and Indiana entertaining Indiana State. Both games air at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.

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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 vs. Nebraska

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

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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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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