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Tom Dienhart offers one post-camp takeaway for all 14 Big Ten teams

The 2015 BTN camp tour is over after 17 days crisscrossing the interstates from Lincoln, Nebraska, to Piscataway, New Jersey. I still have not caught up with laundry and or reintroduced myself to my family, but I thought I’d offer one takeaway from every stop along the way. Here are my final thoughts from each stop: ILLINOIS Good energy at Camp Rantoul—along with some good teaching. QB Wes Lunt looked good, but coming up with explosive/big plays may be a challenge. The RB spot is especially worrisome. The d-line looks better equipped to stop the run. No more big plays.

BTN.com's top 3 candidates for every Big Ten postseason award

In exactly one week, Michigan (at Utah) and Minnesota (vs. No. 2 TCU) will help kick off the 2015 college football season. We’ve been counting down the days for weeks now (watch the videos), so it’s exciting to know we’re inside the one-week mark. Before Thursday night arrives, the BTN.com team takes a look at our top three preseason candidates for the Big Ten’s postseason awards. See our preseason leaderboard for each award below: Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year 1. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State 2. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State 3. J.T. Barrett/Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State Nagurski-Woodson

Football tour notebook: Quick takes from Purdue football practice

The BTN bus has left Purdue practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while watching the Boilermakers. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Tweets from practice ] The Boilermakers have a nice collection of defensive tackles. Junior Jake Replogle is a playmaker on the interior. Fellow junior Ra’Zahn Howard has trimmed down and could be a force on the nose. Senior Ryan Watson moves well. Senior Michael Rouse needs a big send-off and looks ready. Purdue is using more “tempo” on offense as a way of keeping defenses off balance. And that tempo offense

One prediction for every Big Ten position group entering 2015 season

The countdown clock to the start of Big Ten football has reached eight days. As the opening week of games approaches, there are still plenty of questions surrounding Big Ten teams entering the 2015 season. Who will be the starting quarterback at Ohio State? How will Jim Harbaugh do in his first season? And who will take the wide open West Division? We’ve made predictions for many queries in our preseason Big Ten coverage, but let’s go ahead make some positional predictions. Here is one prediction for every position group heading into the season. QB: J.T. Barrett will win the

Football tour notebook: Quick takes from Indiana football practice

The BTN bus has left Indiana practice, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while watching the Hoosiers in action Monday morning. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | View our tour schedule ] There is a football attached to a spring on a pole on both sides of the entrance to the practice field. As defensive players walk onto the field, they slap at the ball. Hey, it’s all about getting used to creating turnovers. This season, Kevin Wilson has altered his practice routine, having the team go hard early and taper down as the

Countdown to kickoff: Big Ten East top newcomer

Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about Big Ten East top newcomers. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team | East breakout player | West breakout player | East most exciting player | West most exciting player ] This is always a fun category to consider, because everyone gets excited about the new guys, the players we’ve heard so much about. Who is your leading candidate for Big

What Tom Dienhart will be watching at Indiana football practice

Kevin Wilson has made Indiana a better program in his four seasons. But, he has no bowl appearance to show for it. That may change in 2015. The talent level is at an all-time high under Wilson, who has a good offensive system and an idea of how to win in Bloomington. The offense looks good once again. But, success may come down to an often maligned defense delivering the goods. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Indiana practice. 1. Is the o-line dominating? This has a chance to be a very good front. Maybe even (gasp!) one