Dienhart: What I want to see at Nebraska practice

Headed to stop No. 2 on the BTN bus tour: Nebraska. We will watch an evening practice on Thursday, and our preview show will air at 10 p.m. ET Friday. I will be eager to watch the offense in Year Two under coordinator Tim Beck. I think with better familiarity and experienced personnel, the Cornhusker offense will take a big step this fall.

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Football Tour: What We Learned At Iowa

In the first stop on our 2012 Big Ten Football Preview Tour presented by Culligan, we stopped in Iowa City to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes practice on Wednesday. We’ll be hitting every other campus in the coming weeks, too. See the full tour TV show schedule here.

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DiNardo: Iowa football practice tweets

BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and the rest of the BTN crew was in Iowa City, Iowa, Wednesday to shoot the Iowa Preview Show. As DiNardo does every week during the regular season in a feature called Sunday Ruminations, he went to Twitter to offer his thoughts on what he saw. See all of the tweets in this post. And don’t forget to watch the Iowa show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday. Until then, here’s our interview with senior James Ferentz. You also can view our entire bus tour TV schedule in this post.

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Did You See This? MLB star Alex Rodriguez visits Michigan

In town playing Detroit, injured New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez toured Michigan’s new basketball Player Development Center on Wednesday. Not exactly sure of the connection, but here’s something we’re pretty confident about: Yankee teammate and Ohio State product Nick Swisher was nowhere near Ann Arbor and will have some choice words for the three-time AL MVP. See Michigan Basketball’s Facebook page’s picture of Rodriguez with the basketball staff in this post.

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Clothes Call: Ranking Big Ten football helmets

When Tom Dienhart wrote that Penn State should put blue ribbon stickers on both sides of its helmet, it got my attention. No helmet, it seems, is as sacred as Penn State’s  – not even Michigan’s. After all, the Wolverines are coming off a season in which they added numbers to their lids and put gray facemasks in the rotation, both nods to the past. It’s back to the usual look in 2012. The last time Penn State made a significant change to its helmet: 1987, when it went from gray to blue facemasks.

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