Iowa: 10 reasons to be excited in 2012

Kirk Ferentz knows what it’s like to be the best. He had his Iowa program among the Big Ten’s best from 2002-04, when the Hawkeyes went an aggregate 31-7 with two Big Ten titles. But since then, Iowa has just one double-digit victory season (2009). With that, I present 10 reasons for Iowa fans to be excited about the 2012 season playing in an uber-tough Legends Division. Earlier, I offered up 10 reasons why Illinois and Indiana fans should be excited.

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Retweet this: Top 7/18 tweets

Like many of us, Big Ten products are all over Twitter. They let us into their lives and put their personalities on display in 140 characters or less, and they often delight and enlighten in the process. Our goal is to present these tweets to our Big Ten fans, whether they’re on Twitter or not. See some of our favorite Big Ten-centric tweets from Wednesday in this post.

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Ball, Robinson land on Phil Steele's Heisman list

The Summer of Steele continued Wednesday, as well-respected prognosticator Phil Steele posted his favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. Few things are more meaningless and yet hugely popular than preseason Heisman hopefuls — or preseason polls, for that matter — so don’t treat this as science. Steele’s list of the top 10 candidates, to no surprise, includes Montee Ball and Denard Robinson. See what Steele says about the two Big Ten stars in this post.

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Olympic Journal: When in France, Eat Well, Swim Hard

The latest update to our Big Ten Olympic Journal is in and it comes from Michigan swimmer and U.S. Olympian Connor Jaeger, who describes the team’s training regimen and one dinner outing during their training stop in France. As one of four Big Ten names on the U.S. swimming team sending back journals, Jaeger follows up on some amusing team introductions from Peter Vanderkaay as well as a funny note from Davis Tarwater.

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Dienhart: Wednesday's top Big Ten web links

A look at the Big Ten football headlines on this Wednesday.

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