Mailbag: When will Boilers, 'Cats get respect?

You have Big Ten questions, and I have answers. In this week’s Mailbag, I offer my answers on when Northwestern and Purdue will start to get respect and how the Big Ten could fare this bowl season. And don’t be afraid to send questions for future Mailbags. Or you can send them my way on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart).

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Did You See This? Nebraska-themed casket

Hardcore sports fans will show their allegiance on just about anything. That includes caskets. How can we forget this memorable – and creepy – Ohio State one? And thanks to first-year Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles, we have a Nebraska-themed casket – sans corpse, luckily.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Michigan OT Taylor Lewan

In many respects, Michigan’s season starts now. The 2-2 non-conference record? The ugly losses to Alabama and Notre Dame? Forget about them.

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Did You See This? Gus Johnson explodes in Fox Sports ad

Nobody gets more excited while calling a game than BTN’s own Gus Johnson. To that point, in the latest Fox Sports commercial, Johnson gets so into the game he’s calling that he explodes. The ad ends with color commentator Charles Davis, covered in Johnson’s, um, guts, saying: “Every Saturday.” More like every game. Football, basketball, soccer, it doesn’t matter.

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Big Ten links: Meyer, Pelini go way back

Bo Pelini vs. Urban Meyer. The matchup has juicy possibilities this Saturday night when they square off at Ohio State. And the two have some history. Meyer was a Buckeye graduate assistant coach in 1986-87, which were Pelini’s first two years as an Ohio State defensive back. The two also have met three times as coaches, from 2005-07, when Pelini was LSU defensive coordinator and Meyer was Florida head coach. And Pelini’s teams went 3-1 against Meyer’s teams.

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