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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer isn't interested in Big Ten perception

In the new college football playoff era, conference perception is more important than ever before. As everyone knows, there's just four spots in a sport that fields five power conferences, not including independent Notre Dame or an undefeated non-BCS team.

Kinnick Stadium, Beaver Stadium to have stripeouts Saturday on BTN

Kinnick Stadium and Beaver Stadium will be looking even sharper than usual under the lights Saturday night on BTN/BTN2Go. [ MORE: Week 3 schedule | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Latest polls | Check out these Nebraska cleats | Leonte Carroo arrested | What Tom Dienhart learned | Gerry DiNardo’s Week 2 takes ] That’s because both Iowa and Penn State announced Monday that it will stripe the stadium for their prime-time tilts vs. Pittsburgh and Rutgers, respectively. Michigan State did this last week vs. Oregon at Spartan Stadium. The Iowa-Pittsburgh game (watch it on BTN2Go!) features two 2-0

Three Big Ten stars make Sporting News' preseason All-America Team

Sporting News columnist and BTN contributor Mike DeCourcy released his preseason All America Team on Monday, and three Big Ten standouts received recognition. Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes earned top billing, making DeCourcy’s first team, along with North Carolina’s Marcus Paige, Iowa State’s Georges Niang, Virginia’s Brodgon and Wichita State’s Ron Baker. The Big Ten’s other representatives were star point guards, with Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell and Maryland’s Melo Trimble named to the second and third teams, respectively. All three of these players are worthy of inclusion, of course, however it seems Trimble is a little undervalued. We’re talking about the point

Big Ten links: Statement win for MSU and Big Ten, Penn State talent & more

That win over Oregon by Michigan State? It put the Spartans on a higher national stage. Really, the only thing left for MSU to do under Mark Dantonio is make the playoffs—and win a national title. And this victory vs. the Ducks will look good on MSU’s resume come early December. And as Mike Griffith of Mlive.com points out, the triumph over the No. 7-ranked Ducks — who entered a game as underdogs for the first time since 2011 — made a much-needed statement for the Spartans (2-0) as well as the Big Ten. Prior to MSU’s victory, the last

BTN LiveBIG: Northwestern sees Chicago as 'Second to None'

Even though it’s in Evanston, Ill., Northwestern University is strongly associated with Chicago. “The City” is located just south of campus, and the two have long been connected by history, culture and the “El” train. Now, the school is putting together a homage of sorts to its southern neighbor with an upcoming literary series from Northwestern University Press. “Second to None: Chicago Stories” aims to provide unique, intimate accounts that are “exciting, interesting, compelling and make you want to turn to the next page,” said Harvey Young, African-American studies professor at Northwestern and the project’s lead editor. The series’ title

Former Nebraska star Ameer Abdullah scores TD on first NFL carry

Big Ten fans who spent the past few seasons watching Ameer Abdullah star at Nebraska won’t be surprised to hear that the rookie scored a touchdown on his first NFL carry Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: View former Big Ten players on Week 1 active rosters ] Facing off against former Big Ten rival and fellow rookie running back Melvin Gordon, Abdullah ran 24 yards up the middle for a touchdown early in the first quarter of Detroit’s season opener vs. San Diego. In typical Abdullah fashion, he broke ankles, those of veteran safety Eric Weddle, on his way to pay