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Damon Bullock

Dienhart: My Week 1 Big Ten previews

It’s time for football. Are you ready? There’s a full slate of Big Ten games in Week 1, starting with Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go. Before the games kick off, here’s my preview of all 12 games. Hope you enjoy all the action! [ RELATED: Who wins Week 1 games? See our picks and vote for your winners ] THURSDAY Indiana State (0-0) at Indiana (0-0); 7 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go Why you should watch: You can discover who will be the Hoosiers’ quarterback. That’s right: Kevin Wilson won’t say a peep. My

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here, and we do this every Tuesday afternoon. Also, @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke:  Listen to Coach Pat Fitzgerald:  Listen to Coach Bo Pelini:  Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to

Week 1 Picks

Week 1: We predict all 12 Big Ten games

Every week during the 2013 football season,’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina and Sean Merriman make their predictions for all the Big Ten games. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to pick their winners. This year, we’re proud to include former Flyin’ Illini and new BTN basketball analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge college football fan, to the weekly feature.  Week 1 Games @BTNTomDienhart @BTNBrentYarina @BTNSean @stephenbardo ISU at Indiana Indiana, 35-23 Indiana, 41-24 Indiana, 31-24 Indiana, 42-35 UNLV at Minnesota Minnesota 28-27 Minnesota, 32-17 Minnesota, 27-14 Minnesota, 28-7 WMU at Michigan St. Michigan St., 24-7 Michigan St., 24-7

Braxton Miller

Dienhart: Ohio State tops preseason power poll

The analysis, opinion, conjecture, speculation and anticipation are almost finished. Real, live football kicks off Thursday, with Minnesota hosting UNLV and Indiana entertaining Indiana State. Both games air at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Each week, I will rank the Big Ten teams 1-12. This is the first edition of my Power Poll, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ RELATED: Get Dienhart’s “Best” from the 2013 BTN Football Tour ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State. The Buckeyes are the bellwether, carrying the Big Ten’s water when it comes to being a national title contender. What do I like? Where do I

Ryan Shazier

Dienhart: Best of the 2013 BTN Football Tour

After 15 nights in 12 hotels and 12 cities, stretching from Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa., the BTN bus has come to a stop. It was a fun ride, visiting all the Big Ten schools to watch practices. It was the BTN crew’s last chance to kick the tires on each team before the start of the 2013 season. I ate a lot of fast food and drank a lot of Red Bull while traveling the interstates of this great nation. I chowed on Arby’s on I-80; enjoyed Wendy’s on I-94; grubbed on Subway on I-70. Along the way,

BTN's new fall lineup launches Monday with #BTNLive

CHICAGO – It’s time to apply the face paint, dig out that lucky jersey and find the sweet spot on the couch – college football season kicks off next week! In anticipation of the upcoming season, the Big Ten Network surveyed Americans to find out how and where they like to watch college football. It turns out most prefer the big screen at home, enjoy spending time with their friends, and quite a few spend time yelling at the TV while watching their favorite teams battle it out on the gridiron. BTN’s survey found superstitious fans like to do more

Iowa's Kirk Ferentz

Dienhart: My most important Week 1 Big Ten games

Not all season-opening games are created equally. Some are more difficult and critical than others. Yes, you never want to put too much stock into one game. Still, the first game of the season is bigger and more important for some teams than it is for others. With the season fast approaching, here is my look at the seven most fascinating season openers. 1. Northern Illinois at Iowa. The Hawkeyes’ struggles are well-documented. Iowa has gone from 11 wins in 2009 to eight, to seven to four. You don’t need to have a degree in statistics to see the trend

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Philly Brown (10) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

SI's Mandel predicts Michigan vs. Ohio State B1G title game

If you want to see Ohio State and Michigan play on back-to-back weeks, you’ll like Stewart Mandel’s 2013 Big Ten football preview. Mandel, who released his preview Tuesday, picks Ohio State to beat Michigan in the Big Ten title game, one week after losing at Michigan. [ Ohio State, Michigan lead 2013 Big Ten conference preview ] While Mandel doesn’t have the Buckeyes going unblemished – as many other experts predict – he’s still very high on Urban Meyer’s team. After all, he predicts Braxton Miller (Offensive MVP), Ryan Shazier (Defensive MVP) and Dontre Wilson (Impact Freshman) to take

Allen Robinson

Yarina: My preseason All-Big Ten Offensive Team

The Big Ten football season kicks off in less than two weeks. Before Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go, it’s time to unveil my preseason All-Big Ten Offense. Who did I miss? Feel free to leave your submission in the comment section at the bottom of the post. I’ll post my defensive team later. [ RELATED: Yarina: My preseason All-Big Ten Defense ] Editor’s note: Click on images below to see full photos and analysis. About Brent Yarina senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for He writes

Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess

Twitter: 2013 Big Ten football breakout players?

The topic of breakout players can be an ambiguous one. For example, some people view Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah as a 2013 breakout player. Others, meanwhile, feel that with 1,315 total yards and 10 scores a season ago, he’s well past “breakout” territory. I tend to side with the latter. Either way, I went to Twitter and asked Big Ten fans for their 2013 breakout candidates. Before we move on to the fans’ picks, here are my top candidates: Devin Funchess and Melvin Gordon on offense and Adolphus Washington and Shilique Calhoun on defense. To be fair, my offensive picks had