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Before football kicks off tonight, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina have some last-minute Big Ten predictions. Who will win the Big Ten? What about Defensive Player of the Year? And what about a sleeper team and sleeper player? Our trio offers all of their predictions in this post.
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a Madden 25 commercial featuring former Wisconsin QB standout, Russell Wilson.
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On Thursday’s show leading up to the season openers for Indiana and Minnesota, our experts discuss this question: Which team will finish the season with more wins: #BTNGophers or #BTNHoosiers?
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Every season teems with promise. But this one glimmers a bit more brightly for the Big Ten, as No. 2 Ohio State looks primed to make a run at the BCS national championship. And several other schools dot the preseason polls, like Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern.
The Big Ten season is here! The Big Ten season is here! Indiana State plays at Indiana, while UNLV is at Minnesota. But first, this: The Big Ten will allow an unlimited number of replays to be shown on video boards in football stadiums this fall. Smart move. Attendance is a concern at many stadiums, as the in-home football experience is difficult to beat, what with HD TVs, mini fridges, clean and convenient restrooms and such. Other changes proposed by the Big Ten are to have wireless in stadiums and exclusive content on video boards.This all is a good start. Now, about those games that start at 8 p.m. local time…
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Wally Ellenson entered Minnesota last year as a noted leaper. We saw a few glimpses of the 6-foot-4 guard’s athleticism on the hardwood during his freshman season. Here’s one example. And another. Nothing, however, compares to his latest leap. On Sunday, Ellenson won gold in the high jump (2.15 meters; or just over seven feet) at the Junior Pan Am Games in Medellin, Colombia.