Video: 'Mannequin' scares Dantonio, other Spartans

What’s the best way to make sure your coaches and teammates are awake and engaged at 6:30 in the morning? How about dressing up as an MSU football mannequin from head to toe, and then jumping out and scaring the heck out of them?

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SI preseason poll: Spartans surprise, Huskers left out

Will Ohio State jump defending National Champion Alabama in any publication’s preseason college football top 25 poll? The chances are looking slim for the Buckeyes as Sports Illustrated released its preseason top 25 poll, and Urban Meyer’s team came in at No. 4, behind Alabama, Stanford and Texas A&M.

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Dienhart: Talent is there at Illinois, but it's young

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Illinois Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

RANTOUL, Ill. – Tim Beckman is hoping for better results in Year Two after a 2-10 debut in Champaign that saw Illinois push its Big Ten losing skid to 14 games. This is a team whose best talent is young, so patience must be preached as growing pains are likely. Beckman made nice adjustments on his staff in the offseason, bringing in ex-Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit to run the offense.

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Photo: Buckeyes, Braxton Miller on SI regional cover

Sports Illustrated has six regional covers for its college football preview issue, and one of them is dedicated to Ohio State and Braxton Miller. The cover features Miller on the run and reads: “This season it counts. The class of the Big Ten goes SEC hunting.” The Buckeyes, who SI ranks No. 4 in its preseason poll, went 12-0 last season but were ineligible for the posteason due to NCAA sanctions.

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Twitter: Our guys' tweets from Illinois practice

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Mason Monheim Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

The BTN Football Tour has arrived at Camp Rantoul to take in Wednesday morning’s Illinois practice. Our guys are live tweeting from the practice, and we’re posting some of their best thoughts in this post. Reminder: Watch the Illinois Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Aug. 21 on BTN/BTN2Go.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 15, Brandon Vitabile

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Mark Finds the Endzone from 3 Yards Out

We’re 15 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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Purdue names ex-captain Brantley assistant coach

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Matt Painter announced Wednesday the hiring of former Purdue captain Brandon Brantley as an assistant coach. Brantley spent the last two years with Basketball University and as the EG10 AAU Under-16 head coach.

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