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3:00 PMIowa at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan St. at Penn St.Watch
7:00 PMMinnesota at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan at Rutgers Watch
8:00 PMIndiana at NebraskaWatch
8:00 PMMaryland at NorthwesternWatch
8:00 PMPurdue at IowaWatch

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Illinois, Dan Hartleb agree to five-year contract extension

Mike Thomas has announced that Dan Hartleb has agreed to a five-year contract extension, keeping him at Illinois through the 2020 season. The contract is pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval.

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Twitter: A look at how Big Ten football coaches' accounts stack up

Twitter fan or not, it’s hard not to be impressed with Jim Harbaugh’s incredible success on the social media platform. The new Michigan coach, hired on Dec. 30, 2014, recently became the owner of the most followed account among Big Ten football coaches, a title previously held by rival Urban Meyer (283,246). Think about that for a second: In six-plus months, Harbaugh has garnered 286,512 followers, an average of 1,476 followers per day since his first tweet Jan. 2. That, in a word, is impressive. With a new name in the No. 1 spot, I thought it would be fun

See our favorite Big Ten-themed fantasy football team names

Fantasy football leagues are open – yes, already – with kickoff just about two months away. So, you have plenty of time to sign up, not to mention to come up with a creative name that gets the attention of your friends/league members. We did this before basketball season last year, and now it’s time to do it for football. Here are two fantasy team names for every Big Ten team: ILLINOIS Dudek, Where’s My Car? Lunt Trauma INDIANA Dominique Booth Ferry Simmie’s Corn on the Cobbs IOWA Three & Ott Ferentzic Science (h/t @chfortfun) MARYLAND Skid Rowe Un-Likely Explanation

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Ranking top 5 quarterback-wide receiver duos in Big Ten

Last week, I posted an article on the top 5 defensive trios in the Big Ten. The list consisted of the top DL-LB-DB trio in the conference, and was highlighted by Ohio State.

Big Ten faces on World Cup champs to grace Sports Illustrated covers

Every member of the U.S. women’s national team will get a Sports Illustrated cover, the publication announced Monday. [ SEE COVERS: Ali Krieger | Alyssa Naeher | Carli Lloyd | Jill Ellis ] That means ex-Penn State standouts Ali Krieger and Alyssa Naeher and former Illinois coach Jill Ellis will grace a cover of the most prestigious sports magazine. So will ex-Rutgers star Carli Lloyd, the Golden Ball winner, who played for the Scarlet Knights before they entered the Big Ten. There are 25 covers in all, which will hit newsstands later this week, and SI says they will vary

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If every Big Ten school had a team at The Basketball Tournament

Several former Big Ten basketball players are set to take place in the second annual “The Basketball Tournament,” which kicks off today with the South and West Regional rounds. A total of 97 teams will play in the tournament, with the winning team taking home a $1,000,000 grand prize. What a fun event, right? That got me wondering what a team for every Big Ten school would look like? In order to do this, I chose a group of five players from every Big Ten school who I think would make the best 5-on-5 team today. The conditions are that

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Big Ten announces list of players to appear at Media Days

The Big Ten announced Thursday the 42 players scheduled to attend the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW, held Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Here is a list of players attending the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days. EAST DIVISION INDIANA Adarius Rayner, Sr., DL Jason Spriggs, Sr., OL Nate Sudfeld, Sr., QB MARYLAND Brad Craddock, Sr., PK William Likely, Jr., DB Andrew Zeller, Sr., OL MICHIGAN Joe Bolden, Sr., LB Jehu Chesson, Sr., WR James Ross III, Sr., LB MICHIGAN STATE

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Tom Dienhart's Big Ten position rankings: Left offensive tackles

Know your team’s left tackle. Just like the quarterback, he’s a glamour boy. Really. Jake Long, Orlando Pace and Eric Fisher are left tackles who recently were picked No. 1 in the NFL draft. You won’t see a guard or center earn that honor. And probably not even a wideout or running back. The left offensive tackle is a key cog to the production of the offense who often protects the backside of the quarterback. Without a good left OT, your school’s attack figures to be bogged down. Here’s my ranking of the projected Big Ten left offensive tackles from

Big Ten conference tweets out clues for media day attendees

The 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days are set to take place on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 at the Hyatt Regency McCormickPlace in Chicago. This year, the format will be different from previous years, as seven teams will be featured on Thursday, and the other seven on Friday. Here’s how the days will be broken up: Thursday, July 30: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin Friday, July 31: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers Today, the Big Ten will release the list of players at this year’s media day event. However, before

Big Ten links: Michigan's big deal with Nike, Chris Borland & more

Take the interim tag off Michigan A.D. Jim Hackett. Hey, why would he want to leave just when things appear ready to get really good with Jim Harbaugh on board? Exactly. “I’ve got to get my arms around it, but I’m not there yet,” he said. “It’s working so why mess with it?” See? To help Hackett, the Wolverines added a former longtime major college athletic director in former Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis, who will be a senior advisor. Smart move. *** Speaking of Michigan … its recent deal with Nike will be the largest … in …