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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Illinois

Illinois is looking to continue progress in Year Three under Tim Beckman. Seven starters are back on offense; nine on defense. The offense remains ahead of the defense. In fact, this could become an upper-level Big Ten attack with freshly-minted starting quarterback Wes Lunt at the controls. The defense is burdened with making the most improvement. Beckman has fortified a roster that was lacking talent, so there appears to be hope. The starters look good. Depth? It is shaky. Get our latest football tour coverage: Here are my thoughts from Illinois practice. BEST OF ILLINOIS PRACTICE Most impressive player: QB

Twitter: Our experts' takes from Illinois practice

Our annual summer football is coming to a close. But not before our crew takes in Illinois practice Wednesday. Get BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine and Gerry DiNardo’s tweets from practice in this post. Get our latest football tour coverage: GERRY DINARDO BTN Bus Tour #ILLINI The 3 teams that made the most improvement from Spring Practice to Camp RU, Minn, Illinois — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) August 20, 2014 BTN Bus Tour #ILLINI Another team building on offense first much like IU, NU, PU. But Defense catching up. — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) August 20, 2014 BTN Bus Tour #ILLINI

Illinois names Wes Lunt starting quarterback

Illinois coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday on BTN Live that Wes Lunt will be the starting quarterback for the Fighting Illini. The full interview with Beckman can be seen on tonight’s edition of BTN Live at 6 p.m. ET. Lunt won a three-way battle to replace Nathan Scheelhaase, beating out senior Reilly O’Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey. Lunt is a 6-5, 215-pound sophomore who sat out last season after transferring from Oklahoma State. Lunt widely was considered to be the leading contender to win the job. He has a strong arm and advanced pocket presence. Lunt also is a good

Illinois camp preview: Is the defense better?

Tim Beckman made improvement from Year One to Year Two, going from 2-10 (0-8) to 4-8 (1-7). Can he build on that? The offense offers hope, as the hiring of coordinator Bill Cubit prior to last season sparked the attack. And the unit will be fortified by seven returning starters. The key to big improvement will hinge on the defense, which has nine starters back. How bad was it last year? The Fighting Illini ranked 104th in the nation in scoring defense (35.4 ppg); 116th in rush defense (238.6 ypg); 81st in pass defense (242.9 ypg) and 110th overall (481.5

Video: Jim Delany does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

What’s the best way to cool off on a hot summer day? How about having a freezing cold bucket of water dumped over your head, while also donating to a good cause? Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany did just that as he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday outside of the conference office. Delany was challenged by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. [ MORE: Watch Big Ten personalities take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ] Before having buckets of ice water poured over his head, Delany challenged BTN president Mark Silverman, as well as ESPN’s Burke Magnus. Watch’s Delany’s ALS

Dienhart's Diary: Next best thing to being on the bus

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is trying something new this year on our annual football tour. At each of the 14 practices across Big Ten country, Dienhart will pen a quick diary post. From Indiana, the first stop, to Illinois, the 14th and final stop, our expert will provide plenty of fun behind-the-scenes updates. Get our latest football tour coverage: AUG. 18: NEBRASKA Bus tracker: Minneapolis to Lincoln – 430 miles (2,923) Lincoln, Neb., is one of my top stops. I love the passion of the community. In fact, I don’t think any Big Ten school can top the fevered mania

Ranking the top Big Ten running back duos

Our BTN tour bus stopped in Madison, Wis., Friday to take in Wisconsin camp. While watching practice, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart sent out the following tweet about Wisconsin’s talented running back duo. It doesn't get much better than Corey Clement and Melvin Gordon, the best RB duo in the #B1G. #Badgers pic.twitter.com/0OnS9pFFbP — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 15, 2014 This got me thinking about the best duos in the conference. Are Gordon and Clement indeed the top duo? Get all of our latest rankings posts: Here are my rankings. 1. Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement, Wisconsin: Dienhart got it

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

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

One bold prediction for every B1G position

Are you ready for college football to start already? The Big Ten season officially kicks off in 15 days with a doubleheader of action as Minnesota takes on Eastern Illinois, while Rutgers will battle Washington State. We have seen plenty of preseason rankings thus far, so I wanted to take it one step further. How about some bold predictions? Here is one bold prediction for every position group heading into the 2014 Big Ten football season. [ MORE: Countdown to kickoff: East best uniform | West best uniform ] QB: Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld will pass for more than 3,000