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Watch NU holder Christian Salem's 'On Hold' premiere

Holders are an interesting breed. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Football fans rarely, if ever, notice the holder unless he has made a mistake on an extra point or a field goal attempt, usually resulting in a failed kick or an embarrassing failed attempt to reach the end zone/first-down line. Minnesota holder and punter Peter Mortell has done his best to bring attention to the position, the best example coming in this fantastic tweet that yielded more than 13,000 retweets and 17,000 likes. Northwestern holder Christian Salem is doing his part, too.

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Indiana's 2015 season

After eight years, the wait is over for Indiana. Finally, the Hoosiers are going to a bowl game. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The last time it happened was 2007, when Bill Lynch was the coach. In fact, this is just the second time since 1993 that Indiana is in a bowl. Now, Kevin Wilson has the Hoosiers in the postseason in his fifth season on the job. And his

Big Ten links: Darrell Hazell's staff, Rose Bowl trophy & more

While staffs at Penn State and Ohio State have filled openings, Purdue still has yawning holes at offensive and defensive coordinator. But, it sounds like Darrell Hazell has a timeline for these oh-so-critical hires that probably will make or break his tenure. No pressure. *** Hey-yo! Rutgers has a new offensive coordinator/QB coach. His name: Drew Mehringer. Who is this guy? Dan Duggan of NJ.com has the low-down. Mehringer and RU coach Chris Ash never have worked together. But each has worked with Houston coach Tom Herman. In fact, Mehringer was WR coach at Houston last year. *** The Rose

Foster Farms Bowl preview: Nebraska vs. UCLA

To call Mike Riley’s debut in Lincoln “bumpy” would be an understatement. His trial run was filled the agony of several close, crushing defeats. There was a loss vs. BYU on a Hail Mary … there was an overtime setback at Miami (Fla.) that squandered a gutty comeback … and on it went in a season noteworthy for its soul-ripping losses that ended 5-7. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] But

Eleven Big Ten players make 2015 FWAA All-America Team

A day after the 2015 AP All-America Team was released, it was the Football Writers Association of America’s turn Monday. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The 2015 FWAA All-America Team includes 11 Big Ten players, including five first-team nods: Indiana OL Jason Spriggs, Penn State DL Carl Nassib, Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert, Iowa DB Desmond King and Maryland punt returner William Likely. Nassib and King were first-teamers on the AP’s

Player Rankings: Purdue puts three guys on Jess Settles' list

Purdue is rolling. Anyone who has seen the Boilermakers play or has taken a look at the Big Ten standings knows it. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Boilermakers are 11-0, all 11 wins coming by double digits, good enough to match No. 1 Michigan State’s perfect start. Why all this talk about a team in a post all about players? Because the undefeated Boilermakers place three players on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.

Quick Lane Bowl preview: Minnesota vs. Central Michigan

Minnesota is one of three teams in the nation that is in a bowl despite having a losing record. Regardless of your opinion about 5-7 teams bowling, it’s a chance for the Golden Gophers to finish the season on an up-note after they lost five of their last six games coming off consecutive 8-5 seasons that had fueled optimism. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Minnesota also is looking to end

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Illinois' 2015 season

Illinois’ season took a bizarre twist before the first kickoff, as Tim Beckman was fired a week before the opener amid allegations he had mistreated players. The school quickly turned to sage offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, who did a good job keeping the program on track. Alas, he was unable to get the Fighting Illini back to a bowl game after making it in 2014. There were issues on both sides of the ball. The offense struggled to run the ball, ranking last in the Big Ten in rushing (129.3 ypg) with only 13 TDs on the ground. That short-circuited