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4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
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7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
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East Scariest Player

Countdown to kickoff: East scariest player?

Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: East scariest player? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. See our other 2014 predictions: Tom Dienhart: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State. Every time he runs, defensive coordinators hold their breath. You just can’t game plan for what Miller does. Coaching? Schemes? It’s difficult for anything to trump Miller’s pure talent. He’s also developed into a solid passer. In fact, he threw for

Wisconsin Practice

Twitter: Our experts' takes from Wisconsin practice

Our annual summer football tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are at Wisconsin practice Friday. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post. Get our latest football tour coverage: Practice is underway in Madison. Full coverage of @BadgerFootball camp tonight, 6 pm ET. pic.twitter.com/qaYPUBQ6yi — BTN Live (@BTNLive) August 15, 2014 TOM DIENHART At @BadgerFootball practice. D line out first. Gonna be a short workout. Scrimmage on Monday. #Badgers pic.twitter.com/qBeYO9ffgd — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 15, 2014 It doesn't get much better than Corey Clement and Melvin Gordon,

Mitch Leidner

Minnesota camp preview: Is Leidner the answer?

Minnesota is a program on the rise as it enters its fourth season under Jerry Kill. The Golden Gophers have seven starters back on offense and six on defense. At one point last year, Minnesota was 8-2, ripping off four Big Ten wins in a row before losing its last three games. Kill has seen his win total go from three to six to eight in each of this three seasons in Dinkytown. Can he improve it for a fourth season in succession? Get our latest football tour coverage: Here are some questions I have as I head to Minnesota

John Donovan

Mailbag: Top under-the-radar B1G assistants?

I have time on the bus to wade through your cards and letters. Keep them coming. I enjoy hearing from you. Now, onto the correspondence. Have a question for me? Use the submission box at the bottom of the post. Also, don’t forget to follow all of our football tour coverage. Get our latest football tour coverage: We’ve all heard about Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi, but who are some of the under-the-radar Big Ten assistants that are on the rise? – Charging Tiger Good question. The Big Ten is filled with many good, up-and-coming assistants. I will stick to

Gary Andersen

Wisconsin camp preview: How does front 7 look?

The debut of the Gary Andersen regime was a successful one. Wisconsin started 9-2 and had some hopes of a BCS bowl before losing to Penn State in the season finale at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers also lost to South Carolina in Capital One Bowl. For Act Two, challenges loom for a program that is the pick of many to win the Big Ten West. Why not? This has been one of the Big Ten’s hallmark programs for over 20 years. Get our latest football tour coverage: Here are the questions I have as we head to Wisconsin practice.

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan, Ohio State teammates in innovation

Every November, the states of Michigan and Ohio get fired up for the annual gridiron showdown between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes. Fans of both teams often measure overall success for the season by the results of this single game. It’s an intense rivalry — to such an extent that one might be forgiven for thinking any kind of partnership between The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan would be unworkable. But one would be wrong, as evidenced by the schools’ cooperation with technology manufacturing solutions provider EWI on the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) initiative.

Tom Izzo

Video: B1G names accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

There’s nothing wrong with an ice cold shower in the summer, right? Forget that, no matter the temperature, freezing cold water is going to shock the body. But, when it’s for a great cause, it’s more than worth the discomfort. Like so many others across the nation, Big Ten personalities are accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Watch a sampling in this post. BTN host Dave Revsine BTN host Mike Hall BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo Illinois AD Mike Thomas and men’s basketball coach John Groce Indiana AD Fred Glass Indiana men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley Indiana softball team Indiana women’s

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Big Ten football questions, in 140 characters or less

Big Ten football is set to kick off in exactly two weeks. As the season approaches, excitement is at a high, but there are still several questions surrounding every Big Ten team. How do we go about summing up all of these questions for 14 teams? Simple — We follow the rules of Twitter. Here is one pressing question I have for every Big Ten team, in 140 characters or less. [ MORE: One bold prediction for every Big Ten position ] Illinois: Is Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt the clear starter at quarterback, or will we see a QB

Northwestern Practice

Football Tour: Dienhart's best from NU practice

KENOSHA, Wis. – It was a great day for practice, almost chilly. It was brief, as players worked in helmets and shoulder pads. It also was notable for who didn’t partake: WR Miles Shuler; DE Ifeadi Odenigbo; DE Sean McEvilly; OL Shane Merz; OL Ian Park; OT Jack Konopka; WR Tony Jones; RB Warren Long; S Traveon Henry; WR Cameron Dickerson were the most prominent. The Wildcats were snake-bitten last year by injuries en route to a 5-7 season. And they lost myriad close games, falling by three to Minnesota, seven to Iowa (in OT), three to Nebraska (on a

Site ranks Ann Arbor No. 2 college town in America

Rankings are always fun. They’re even more fun in the summer, when we need something to debate until the games start. Well, bestcollegereviews.org posted a popular list ranking the best college towns that made its way around social media Thursday, and the Big Ten was all over it. In fact, the Big Ten owned two of the top three towns: Ann Arbor (No. 2) and Madison (No. 3). Boulder came in at No. 1, for the curious minds. Editor’s note: This ranking was compiled by bestcollegereviews.org and does not reflect the opinion of BTN or any employees. Get our latest