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Football tour notebook: Fun takes from Indiana football practice

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Let’s get this out of the way right now: This is the most talented team in Kevin Wilson’s tenure in Bloomington. He has continually improved recruiting and has enhanced speed over the years. But Wilson continues to look for a breakthrough win—and a winning record, something IU hasn’t had since 2007. [ MORE: Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Indiana practice ] With that out of the way, let’s get to my best of Indiana practice. Most impressive player: Dan Feeney. The All-American guard didn’t disappoint. He plays with the hard, aggressive edge of a defensive lineman.

Top 25 Big Ten football teams over the past 25 years

Last week, the Associated Press released their Top 100 college football teams of the past 80 years. A total of seven Big Ten teams landed on the list, highlighted by Ohio State at No. 1 overall. The Buckeyes have ranked in the AP Poll for more weeks than any other team (852) during that span, including the most at No. 1 (105). This got me thinking, who are the best Big Ten teams in recent memory? Obviously, the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes come to mind in recent memory, but what about before that? I got together with BTN.com senior writer

Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Indiana football practice

BLOOMINGTON, Ind — The sixth edition of Indiana football under Kevin Wilson teems with potential. Today at practice, the energy level was high for a program looking to go to back-to-back bowls for the first time since 1990-91. If the defense improves and a QB emerges, the Hoosiers could have a special season. [ MORE: Kevin Wilson has massive praise for freshman RB ] Here are five things I learned in our stop in Bloomington. 1. The offensive line will be good. Yes, the unit lost left tackle Jason Spriggs, who was a second-round pick. Still, the Hoosiers will have

Michigan State is developing a concussion-detecting headband: BTN LiveBIG

The potential for concussion injuries has risen dramatically in almost every level of athletic competition. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, more than 300,000 sports-related concussions are reported annually in the United States, but a recent review states that the number of injuries could be in the millions. The disparity in reporting highlights one of the most frustrating aspects of treating concussion-related injuries: Determining when a concussion has occurred and how severe it might be. A pair of chemistry professors at Michigan State University seem to have an unlikely solution: a headband for athletes to wear during games that assesses