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Debate it: 2012 Big Ten rushing TD leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten rushing yards leader, the fourth in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up now: Rushing TDs. See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your winner, too. RUSHING TDs 2011 leader: Montee Ball, 33 Returning leaders: Montee Ball 33; Denard Robinson 16;  Rex Burkhead 15; Le’Veon Bell, 13; Taylor Martinez, 9; Fitzgerald Toussaint, 9; Kain Colter, 9. [2011 Big Ten rushing TD leaders] Brent: OK, based on our predictions for the scoring and rushing yards leader

BTN to air 15 games during first three weekends

CHICAGO – Coming off its most successful season, with record ratings and 16 games featuring a top 25-ranked team, BTN will air 15 Big Ten games during the first three weekends of the 2012 college football season. Now in 51 million homes, the five-year-old network will air the debut of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State and the return of defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the first week of the season. Overall, BTN will televise over 40 football games this fall, once again ensuring that all Big Ten home football games are televised nationally. The games also will

Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten Linebackers

Linebacker play in the Big Ten should be strong this season, led by players like Wisconsin’s Mike Taylor, Penn State’s Gerald Hodges, Illinois’ Jonathan Brown and Michigan’s Kenny Demens, among many others. But which Big Ten schools have the best linebacking corps? Find out in my Big Ten unit rankings in this post. Don’t agree? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Also, don’t forget about all of my 2012 unit rankings. 1. Michigan State – This is one of the best collections of linebackers in the nation for what should be one of

Retweet this: Top 6/7/12 Tweets

Like many of us, Big Ten products are all over Twitter. They let us into their lives and put their personalities on display in 140 characters or less, and they often delight and enlighten in the process. Our goal is to present these tweets to our Big Ten fans, whether they’re on Twitter or not. See some of our favorite Big Ten-centric tweets from Thursday in this post. Who's going base jumping with me in Cali next month?? pic.twitter.com/gJpvPbgR — Brian Linthicum (@linthicum88) June 7, 2012 Beautiful. Got to think the former Spartan will have no trouble finding a buddy.

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten rushing yards leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten leader in passing TDs, the third in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Now up: Rushing yards. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your leader. [2011 Big Ten rushing yards leaders] Rushing Yards 2011 Leader: Montee Ball, 1,923 rushing yards Returning leaders: Montee Ball, 1,923; Rex Burkhead, 1,357; Silas Redd, 1,241; Denard Robinson, 1,176; Fitzgerald Toussaint, 1,041. Brent: Which Big Ten player will

Dienhart: Q&A with Indiana OC Seth Littrell

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson knows it. He knows his offense must be more productive. He knows it must score more points if the Hoosiers hope to pull out of a four-year bowl dry spell. That’s why Seth Littrell is in Bloomington as coordinator and tight ends/fullbacks coach. He arrives from Arizona, where he pushed the buttons on a productive Wildcat offense in 2011. Arizona ranked third in the nation in passing (370.8 ypg) and 15th in total offense (465.2 ypg). The former Oklahoma running back who helped the Sooners win the 2000 national title under Bob Stoops cut his teeth

Thursday Links: Read the B1G stories that matter

All the latest Big Ten football links that matter are right here. Lucky you! Enjoy. NO. 1 RIVAL TALK: Michigan State fans won’t like to hear this: Wolverine coach Brady Hoke says Michigan’s top priority is to beat Ohio State—not Michigan State. And, yes, Hoke knows the Spartans have dumped the Wolverines each of the last four seasons. And, Buckeye fans can’t like Hoke’s continued insistence on calling Ohio State “Ohio.” In reference to Michigan’s rivalry with the Buckeyes, Hoke said: “The Ohio game’s the Ohio game.” Man, I love this stuff! DENARD’S PRO PROSPECTS: Speaking of Hoke, he believes

Big Ten hands out 2012 Medal of Honor winners

The Big Ten Conference office announced its 2012 Medal of Honor winners Thursday, honoring 24 student-athletes from 13 different sports. One of the most prestigious conference awards in college athletics, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” The 12 institutions of the Big Ten Conference feature nearly 10,000 student-athletes, more than any other conference, and only 24 of those individuals are recognized each year with the Big Ten Medal of Honor. In the 98 years

Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten Defensive Lines

The trenches are where games are won–ask any coach. And the Big Ten, led by a strong crop in the Leaders Division, has some good defensive fronts that will rate among the best in the nation. Where does your Big Ten school’s defensive line rank? Check out my entire list in this post. Don’t agree with my rankings? Leave your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. Also, don’t forget about all of my 2012 unit rankings. 1. Ohio State – This is where it all begins for what should be a strong Buckeye defense. There’s

Debate it: 2012 Big Ten passing TD leader

Yesterday, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor and blogger Brent Yarina hit email to debate the 2012 Big Ten passing yards leader, the second in our series of Big Ten statistical predictions. Up next: Passing TDs. Who will lead the Big Ten in 2012? See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post. PASSING TDs 2011 leader: Russell Wilson, 33 TDs Returning leaders: James Vandenberg, 25; Denard Robinson, 20; Caleb TerBush, 13; Taylor Martinez, 13; Nathan Scheelhaase, 13; Braxton Miller, 13. [2011 Big Ten passing TD leaders] Brent: Three of last season’s top five touchdown throwers are gone, with