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Big Ten football teams celebrate becoming verified on Twitter

Twitter got to verifying Friday, with just under three weeks left to kickoff, and all 14 Big Ten football teams now have the blue check. [ MORE: View our full football tour schedule ] It might sound like a small thing, but it’s kind of a big deal on the popular social media platform. If you don’t think so, just take a look at the football teams’ official accounts. Four teams already have tweeted about becoming verified as of publish time. @GopherFootball had a lot of fun with it, putting the check mark on several pictures of key 2014 plays.

Nine Big Ten teams on CBS Sports' 'best college football team by state' map

Which college football team earns the title of being the “best college football team” in your home state? [ MORE: Big Ten East must-see game | Big Ten West must-see game ] That’s the question our friends over at CBS Sports posed to their followers today, along with an outstanding map graphic, which shows their picks. The list is based on teams they believe are playing the best right now, as oppose to which programs have had the most all-time success. A total of nine Big Ten teams are represented on the map. Of course, keep in mind there are

Twitter: See our team's tweets from Minnesota football practice

Friday marked the fourth stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Fun nuggets from Minnesota ] Stop No. 4 of 14 had us visiting Minneapolis, Minnesota, to watch Jerry Kill’s team. We actually had the opportunity to catch a pair of practices, both Thursday night and Friday morning. Get BTN analyst analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN host Dave Revsine’s tweets from the practices below. @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE  

Football tour notebook: Tom Dienhart's fun takes from Minnesota

The BTN bus just left Minnesota practice, and now it’s time to share some fun nuggets I gathered while I watched the Golden Gophers practice the last two days. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our team’s Minnesota tweets ] Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys raved to me about CB Eric Murray. Claeys went so far as to say Murray is by far the best player in the secondary and the best he has coached. “The guy has the intangibles that make him special. He’s the total package,” Claeys said. The young talent is impressive on this roster.

Watch Illinois offensive lineman Pat Flavin outsmart dunk tank

Illinois offensive lineman Pat Flavin is used to protecting the passer, not being the passer. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] Never was that more evident than following Illinois practice Thursday at Camp Rantoul. The Illini broke out a dunk tank, and for Flavin’s toss he decided to play some quarterback. He barked out a strong cadence, accepted the snap, took a three-stop drop, checked his receivers and let it rip. The toss was off target, however it still managed to dunk the person in the tank. Based on the laughs at the

Instagram: Michigan posts 'The Team, The Team, The Team' video

The Team. The Team. The Team. #GoBlue A post shared by Michigan Athletics (@umichathletics) on Aug 14, 2015 at 8:03am PDT Michigan has released several videos this summer in anticipation of the 2015 season. Earlier this week, it was a “tradition” video. [ MORE: Visit our Big Ten hype video library ] The theme of the latest video: “The Team, The Team, The Team.” The video stems from Bo Schembechler’s famous “the team” speech, which Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh often references when talking about playing under the legendary coach. This video features wide receiver Jehu Chesson, who is expected to

Finish the sentence: Minnesota defensive end Theiren Cockran

The BTN bus tour is at Minnesota football practice Friday morning, our fourth stop on our annual trek across the Big Ten. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo | Corey Clement | Tommy Armstrong ] Minnesota defensive end Theiren Cockran is a player Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Tom Dienhart will certainly have their eyes on. Cockran registered four sacks last season, and he’s very likely to improve upon that number this fall. Last month at media days in Chicago,