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19 Big Ten players land on ESPN's CFB Top 100

ESPN.com recently finalized a list of the top 100 players in college football this season. A total of 19 Big Ten standouts appear on the list, led by Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun, who comes in at No. 4.

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Debate It: Who will be 2014 rushing yards leader?

A season ago, Ameer Abdullah and Melvin Gordon battled for the rushing yards crown. Abdullah, in the end, finished on top, albeit on 75 more carries than his rival in Madison. This season, the way the Big Ten’s loaded at running back, it might be more than a two-man race. Will Abdullah be able to hold off the deep pool? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s predictions in this post.

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Purdue Pete rallies, wins Chicago Tribune mascot poll

As we posted Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune conducted a poll on the Big Ten’s best mascot. At the time, Herky and Brutus were well ahead of the competition and involved in a two-mascot race. Then, something crazy happened. Let’s just say, Purdue fans hijacked the poll, to the point that it went from last to the runaway winner, finishing with 5,422,716 votes (74 percent).

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Photo: Penn State's new scoreboards are big

Yesterday, Texas A&M made a lot of noise with its new facilities. Today, Penn State is getting plenty of attention for its mammoth new scoreboards at Beaver Stadium, part of a $10 million project.

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BTN LiveBIG: Buckeyes kicking it to fight kids cancer

In 2008, then nine-year-old Ohio native Quinn Clarke was battling cancer for the second time in his young life. He asked his parents if he could host a kickball game to raise money for cancer research. More than 500 people came out to show their support at that first game.

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Video: Bo Ryan pranks Badgers with Final Four rings

Who says Bo Ryan is all business, all the time? Wisconsin recently released the following video of Wisconsin getting its 2014 Final Four rings. As you can see in the video below, before unveiling the rings, Ryan does a great job leading on his players by saying he didn’t believe they deserved a reward for last season.

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Our biggest surprises in first Coaches Poll

The 2014 preseason Coaches Poll came out Thursday morning, and while four Big Ten teams appear in the top-25 rankings, there are several surprises that stand out. Where is Michigan on the list, or how about Iowa? Which Big Ten teams are ranked too high, or too low? Our BTN.com panelists sounded off on the biggest surprises from the preseason polls.

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Debate It: Who will be 2014 rushing TD leader?

Jeremy Langford’s 2013 season doesn’t seem to get enough fan fare. Did you know his 18 rushing touchdowns led the Big Ten, which was home to names such as Ameer Abdullah, Melvin Gordon and Carlos Hyde, among others? The Big Ten is loaded at running back, once again, so it will be a fun race. See who are panelists pick to win the rushing TD crown in this post.

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Four Big Ten teams ranked in Coaches Poll

The preseason Coaches Poll was released Thursday morning, and four Big Ten teams are ranked. Last year’s Big Ten title game participants Ohio State and Michigan State lead the conference, at No. 6 and No. 8, respectively, while Wisconsin (No. 14) and Nebraska (No. 22) also are ranked. See the full poll in this post.

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BTN LiveBIG: Indiana is helping disabled graduates

When high school students with mental disabilities graduate, they all too often lack the knowledge, connections and support needed to seek full-time employment. They may have the skills to do a particular job, but they won’t know the first thing about how to search for openings, create a résumé or build up their professional network.

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Video: Ohio State chest bump is blooper-worthy

What happens when one teammate, weighing 342 pounds, and another, checking in at 170 pounds, chest bump? Random question, sure, but it happened Wednesday at Ohio State’s team photo day. As expected, the diminutive one, RB Devonte Butler, bounced off the behemoth, DL Chris Carter, and ended up on the floor. Watch the video above.

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Players & coaches sound off on new-look Big Ten

One of the most-talked-about topics at this year’s Big Ten media days was the addition of conference newcomers Maryland and Rutgers. I asked several Big Ten coaches and players about the new division realignment and the choice to add Maryland and Rutgers into the conference.

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Video: Drew Brees shows off spot-on accuracy

You already knew Purdue product Drew Brees was one of the NFL’s most accurate passers. His career 66 percent completion percentage is all the proof one needs. For anybody not sold on Brees’ ability to put the ball anywhere he wants, there’s this video from New Orleans Saints’ training camp.

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Debate It: Who will be 2014 receiving yards leader?

It’s no secret that the Big Ten lost a lot of talented receivers. Just how much, you ask? All seven of last year’s receiving yards leaders are gone, to be exact, and only two (Devin Funchess and Christian Jones) of the top 10 return. Who will lead the Big Ten this year? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks.

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Tonight on BTN: Experts talk Revsine's new book

At 9 p.m. ET tonight, BTN/BTN2Go airs the premiere of The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation. The show’s title comes from a new book written by BTN lead studio host Dave Revsine, who spent the majority of his free time over the last four years poring through microfilm and university archives and conducting original research on football’s early days to put the issues the sport faces today in context.

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Iowa to give away free tuition to five students

Here’s something that should interest every Iowa student: Iowa is giving away free tuition to five randomly selected students who purchase 2014 football season tickets. Buy your season tickets here. Winners, according to a school release, will be selected after the Aug. 1 deadline.

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B1G Player Survey: Best player, best venue & more

How often do some of the best players from all 14 Big Ten teams gather under one roof? Once a year, at the annual Big Ten media days. To take advantage of the opportunity, we conducted a Big Ten poll that asked one player from every team the same five questions. Who’s the preseason Big Ten favorite? What’s the toughest road venue? See all the results in this post.

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We asked fun questions, and we got fun answers

Big Ten Media Days came to a close Tuesday, as the second and final day of the event was filled with plenty of juicy material. Players and coaches filled the Downtown Chicago Hilton Hotel while fielding questions from media members in a roundtable format.

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Fresh faces: B1G players offer 2014 freshmen to watch

Big Ten media days are a chance for reporters to get together and ask some out-of-the-ordinary questions to players and coaches around the conference. One of the questions I asked Monday and Tuesday: Who is one freshman that is standing out at each school?

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Braxton Miller: The face of Big Ten football

There was a smile on Braxton Miller’s face as he sat down to field questions from reporters at Tuesday’s Big Ten Media Day session. It was the look of someone who is comfortable with himself. Comfortable with the expectations that lie ahead.

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Video: Huskers RB Ameer Abdullah's 'Kickoff' speech

Nebraska Huskers running back Ameer Abdullah gave this year’s student-athlete speech at the 2014 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon in Chicago. “If someone is stronger than you, train harder,” Abdullah said.”If someone is faster than you, then you have to run smarter.”

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Spartans' defense on the prowl again

It’s mean. It’s nasty. It’s the Michigan State defense. And it has become the signature unit for the signature program in the Big Ten.

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Debate It: Who will be 2014 receiving TD leader?

The Big Ten lost a plethora of talent at wide receiver, including touchdown reception leader Quincy Enunwa, who hauled in 12 scoring grabs. With Enunwa gone, the Big Ten is certain to feature a new TD reception king. Who will it be? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s predictions in this post.

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Poll: Chicago Tribune asks for best Big Ten mascot

Our friends at the Chicago Tribune are running a fun poll that is asking fans to vote for the best Big Ten mascot. Vote here. With the recent addition of Maryland (Testudo) and Rutgers (Scarlet Knight), the Big Ten now features 11 mascots. As of Tuesday morning, it’s a two-mascot race, with Herky the Hawk garnering 51 percent of the votes and Brutus Buckeye 43 percent.

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2014 Big Ten Media Days: Best of Day 1

Day one of Big Ten Media Days was filled with plenty of outstanding quotes, stories, and, of course, fashion. I made it a point to talk to as many coaches and players as possible today, while gathering any and all information I could get my hands on. Here is a breakdown of the best moments from day one of Big Ten media day.

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