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'Kelly Kapowski' responds to J.J. Watt's 'Saved by the Bell' tweet

J.J. Watt isn’t all that different from other guys his age. [ MORE: Watch ex-Big Ten stars’ Week 3 @NFL highlights ] Turns out, the former Wisconsin star and current all-world NFL defensive end is a “Saved by the Bell” and Kelly Kapowski fan, too. Watt posted a picture to Twitter of him and Mario Lopez, aka “Slater,” following Houston’s 19-9 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon; the text of the tweet read: “Bayside must have had a BYE week. #WhereIsKellyKapowski” Unlike other fans, Watt received a prompt response from Tiffani Amber-Thiessen. Here it is: @justinjames99 I heard you

No. 1 Penn State, 7 other Big Ten teams ranked in AVCA Coaches Poll

Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, released Monday, headlined by defending national champion and No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions (13-0) received 63 of the 64 first-place votes to remain atop the poll for the sixth consecutive week, while No. 4 Nebraska also stayed put to keep two Big Ten teams ranked in the top 5. Here’s where the remaining six Big Ten teams are ranked: Illinois (No. 7), Ohio State (No. 13), Minnesota (No. 16), Purdue (No. 18), Wisconsin (No. 19) and Michigan (No. 23). Michigan State and Iowa are among the

Get Tom Dienhart's best of Big Ten non-conference action

The Big Ten has 54 non-conference games in the book with just two to go (Rutgers and Penn State both still will play Army). And, it did pretty well vs Power Five leagues, going 10-9. But before Big Ten action commences Saturday, let’s take a look back to digest what we witnessed in non-conference action.

#BTNStandout: Who made it into these top moments from Week 4?

Every Monday on “Big Ten Football & Beyond,” our TV crews pull out a handful of moments and reviews them under the banner #BTNStandout. Why #BTNStandout? Because on social media, we use #BTNStandout to spotlight the great moments from across all Big Ten sports. Have a look at this Monday’s segment in this post, and go see what we’ve collected this school year and last school year, too. Let us know when you see an amazing play in the Big Ten. Contact us via Facebook, Twitter page or even on Instagram, and be sure to use #BTNStandout to alert us. Here are

Tom Izzo, Bo Ryan, John Beilein top Athlon's Big Ten coach ranking

The only thing deeper than the Big Ten in the 2015-16 basketball season might be the conference’s collection of coaches. There’s no shortage of big-name, respected coaches, some of who are among the best of the best in the nation. And, there’s plenty of up-and-coming coaches, to boot. Fact is, it doesn’t get better than Michigan’s John Beilein, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, among others, anywhere across the nation. How do these guys, all 14 of them, stack up with one another, though? It’s a daunting task to try to rank them, but

Big Ten office announces Week 4 football award winners

The Big Ten office named its Week 4 Big Ten Football Players of the Week on Monday, following a 12-2 record Saturday in the final week of full-on non-conference play. See the award winners and watch select highlights inside.

Big Ten Bowl Projections: Indiana joins Jerry Palm's latest list

Time to check in on the playoff and bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. There have been some big changes from last week, as 10--up from nine--Big Ten teams are penciled into the postseason. And many matchups have changed.

Michigan tops Big Ten hockey preseason Coaches' Poll

Michigan was tabbed the favorite in the 2015-16 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Monday. The coaches also selected a 12-member Preseason Players to Watch list, including four unanimous honorees.

Big Ten links: Surprise 4-0 starts, PSU offense & much more

How about those Iowa Hawkeyes?! It’s OK to say they’re good. North Texas coach Dan McCarney was impressed after getting his butt kicked. “The physicality of the team is fundamentally sound,” McCarney said. Then his voice got softer and yet firmer at the same time for emphasis. “Just the whole complete thing,” he said about Iowa. “Special teams, punter, kicker, returner. The returner (cornerback Desmond King) obviously is going to be playing a lot of years after he leaves Iowa if he stays healthy. He’s going to have a long career in the NFL. “They’re fundamentally sound, they’re well-coached, they

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue partners with second-graders on space science project

Purdue’s Steven Collicott can’t help but laugh as he considers one of comedian W.C. Fields’ most well-known quotes: “Never work with animals or children.” That’s because he’s found himself doing both, in a manner of speaking. Collicott, a Purdue professor and associate head of engagement at the university’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is teaming up with second-graders from Cumberland Grade School in West Lafayette, Ind., to figure out whether or not a firefly can light up in space. When the question first came up in the class, teacher Maggie Samudio knew where to turn. “I couldn’t answer that question