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Debate It: Who will be 2014 passing TD leader?

Think Braxton Miller is just a runner? Think again. The electric Ohio State quarterback tossed a Big Ten-leading 24 touchdowns last season. Will Miller, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, lead the Big Ten again? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. PASSING TOUCHDOWNS 2013 leader: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 24 2014 returning leader: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 24 Tom Dienhart: Wes Lunt, Illinois. I know, the guy never has thrown a pass in Champaign. But I think the Illini attack will be built around Lunt and his ability to

Who's the top celebrity fan for every B1G school?

Every college, it seems, has at least one well-known celebrity backer, whether it be on the gridiron, the hardwood, the diamond or the mat. But who are those figures in the Big Ten? I asked our Twitter followers that very question, and then came up with this list of the top celebrity fans for all 14 Big Ten schools. Here we go. Illinois: Bill Murray Born and raised in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago, Murray is a huge Fighting Illini fan. In fact, Murray followed the 2005 Illini hoops team from the Chicago Regional to the national title

B1G writers pick Ohio State-Wisconsin title game

The Big Ten no longer releases a preseason football poll, but the team at cleveland.com polled 29 Big Ten writers to compile their own poll. The voters picked Ohio State and Wisconsin to win the East and West, respectively, with the Buckeyes garnering 23-first place votes and the Badgers 15 first-place nods. Nineteen of the voters picked Ohio State to win the Big Ten title, while Michigan State (9) and Nebraska (1) also received votes. [ MORE: Voters pick Calhoun to win DPOY | Miller OPOY ] Here are the full results. EAST 1. Ohio State, 195 points (23 first-place

101 questions for Big Ten media days: Part II

Big Ten media days kick off Monday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2014 season. So, for a little fun, I shared my questions with colleagues Brent Yarina and Sean Merriman to see their answers. We broke the activity into two parts, and you can see the second installment here. [ MORE: 101 questions for Big Ten media days: Part I ] 51. Will Braxton Miller win a third

Watch live stream of finish line at BTN Big 10K on Saturday

On Saturday, you’ll be able to watch the live camera feed for the finish line of the BTN Big 10K race in Chicago. The finish is inside Fan Fest where music, mascots, medals and more meet the runners! If you’re viewing this page on your mobile device, please use our free TV everywhere app BTN2Go and see the same live feed. This live event will be on from 7 a.m. ET to 10 a.m. ET on Saturday. Missed the event or want to watch it again? All three hours will be posted on BTN2Go. Learn more about our annual race

2014 Big Ten title game tickets go on sale Aug. 2

Tickets for the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 2 at noon ET. The fourth annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The game will be broadcast nationally on FOX with kickoff set for 8:17 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets will range from $50 to $90 depending on the seat location and each order will be limited to eight tickets. In addition, every Big Ten

101 questions for Big Ten media days: Part I

Big Ten media days kick off Monday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2014 season. So, for a little fun, I shared my questions with colleagues Brent Yarina and Sean Merriman to see their answers. We broke the activity into two parts, and you can see the first installment here. [ MORE: 101 questions for Big Ten media days: Part II ] 1. Can Michigan State stay hungry coming

Big Ten announces ex-players to attend media days

The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday the 14 former players that will be in attendance at the 2014 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW. The former standouts will be available for autographs and a photo session prior to the 43rd annual event, which will be held on Tuesday, July 29, at the Hilton Chicago and will mark the first official appearance of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten. Beginning at 10 a.m. CT, fans in attendance will take part in an autograph session with all 14 head coaches and one former player from each

Ranking the Big Ten's best defensive trios

With Big Ten media days Monday and Tuesday, media members are busy predicting what the conference landscape may look like in the upcoming 2014 season. One thing is for certain: The Big Ten should be loaded with talent on defense. To that point, I was wondering which teams feature the best trios, when it comes to the three levels (line, linebacker and secondary)? [ MORE: Tom Dienhart’s 15 Big Ten units under pressure ] Here’s my ranking. 1. Michigan State: DE Shilique Calhoun, LB Taiwan Jones, S Kurtis Drummond The conference’s top defense returns five full-time starters this season. Calhoun

Former Illini Shawn Afryl, 22, died in workout

(AP) Campus officials say a football player at Winona State University who recently transferred from Illinois has died while working out with teammates. Winona State said in a news release that 22-year-old Shawn Afryl died Monday during a workout at Maxwell Field on campus. Information about his cause of death was not immediately available. School officials said the 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman had recently enrolled after his transfer. Illini coach Tim Beckman said in a statement that his players were saddened to hear of the death of a “great teammate.” Winona State coach Tom Sawyer said Afryl had shown maturity