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Best of Week 11: Urban Meyer vs. Mark Dantonio Part III

Ohio State’s trip to Michigan State could be the game of the year in the Big Ten, as both schools look like the favorites to win the conference crown. They met in the Big Ten title game last season, with the Spartans dumping the Buckeyes to earn their first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1987 season and end OSU’s 24-game winning streak and national championship hopes. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 11. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 11 Interesting factoid: In a bit of scheduling quirk, this

Athlon Sports preseason 2014 All-Big Ten teams

Can you smell it in the air Big Ten fans? The 2014 college football season is just around the corner. Our friends over at Athlon Sports recently released their 2014 Big Ten Football All-Conference teams. Big-time names such as Braxton Miller, Melvin Gordon and Shilique Calhoun highlight the list, which consists of first, second, third and fourth All-Big Ten teams, as well as a team-by-team breakdown of players selected. Without further ado, here is a look at the teams and some instant thoughts on the picks. [ MORE: Dienhart: Your team’s 2014 must-win game ] First-Team Offense QB Braxton Miller,

Best of Week 10: Calendar flips to November

The calendar now says “November.” And, as coaches are known to say: “November is when they play the games to remember.” But this Saturday lacks any apparent marquee games, although that could change depending on how things unfold. Looking at you, Northwestern at Iowa. Here’s a look at the best of Week 10. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 10 Best storyline: Purdue will be making its first trip to Lincoln, Nebraska—and one of Bo Perini’s best teams will be waiting. The Cornhuskers smashed Purdue last season in West Lafayette, taking a 44-7

BTN to air 'Journey' marathon Friday

CHICAGO – BTN is dedicating the entire day of programing Friday to The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013 by replaying all 12 episodes. Memorable segments include Michigan State defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun’s path to East Lansing, the family backgrounds of former Iowa linebacker James Morris and former Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, and the Spartans’ locker room celebration after winning the Big Ten title game. On Sunday, for the first time in network history, BTN is doing “Heisman Day” as a way of showcasing some of the Big Ten’s all-time greats. Fans can enjoy Father’s Day with a mix of

Iowa senior safety Nico Law will transfer

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed Wednesday that defensive back Nico Law will transfer. Law, a native of Clinton, Maryland, has played three seasons for the Hawkeyes. He saw limited action in all 13 games in 2013, recording four solo tackles and one assist. “Nico has decided to transfer from the University of Iowa and complete his athletic and academic careers elsewhere,” Ferentz said in a school release. “We wish him the best with his decision.” Law was cited for disorderly conduct last weekend.  

Best of Week 8: Huskers + Wildcats = fun

Another light Saturday, as there are just five games with four teams enjoying byes. But the weekend isn’t without a big game, as the Nebraska at Northwestern tilt could be another doozy in what has been an exciting series that has seen the Cornhuskers go 2-1 vs. the Wildcats since joining the Big Ten. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 8. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 8 Best storyline: It’s got to be Nebraska’s trip to Northwestern. This figures to be a key Big Ten West game, and the loser

Best of Week 7: PSU-Michigan, under the lights

This is a light week of action with just five games—all Big Ten affairs–as four schools are off. But there are several good games, headlined by Penn State’s trip to Michigan. And the winner of the Northwestern-Minnesota game figures to be set up for a run at the division title. Here’s a breakdown of the Best of Week 7. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 7 Best storyline: Penn State and Michigan headlines this Saturday, as they will engage in a key East Division clash. Neither is expected to win the division, but

Enter BTN's NY & NJ Big Ten Fans 'Selfie’ Contest

Tuesday, Big Ten Network starts a three-week search for Big Ten superfans from the New York tri-state area for the most creative and inspired “selfies” taken in front of iconic New York and New Jersey locations. The lucky winners will receive prize packages, including a trip to the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game or the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. The BTN selfie campaign celebrates the hundreds of thousands of Big Ten fans in the area who will welcome Rutgers and the University of Maryland into the Big Ten Conference on July 1. BTN will select winners by

Dienhart: Your team's 2014 must-win game

We continue our football schedule preview series to help pass some of the time before the 2014 season kicks off. Today, it’s time for Tom Dienhart to offer his super-early must-win game for all 14 Big Ten teams. This is the game your team needs to improve bowl eligibility, keep it in the divisional race or win the division. [ MORE: View all of Tom Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] ILLINOIS If this is a bowl team, Illinois must beat visiting Minnesota on Oct. 25. As a matter of fact, a loss here may kill the program’s bowl hopes. Yes,

Iowa's Nico Law cited for disorderly conduct

University of Iowa football student-athlete Nico Law was cited for disorderly conduct in Iowa City over the weekend. “I was disappointed to hear of the incident involving Nico,” said Iowa football head coach Kirk Ferentz. “We will work with authorities in gathering the facts. Nico will go through the UI Student-Athlete Code of Conduct process and we will move forward from there.” Law, who will be a senior this fall, is a native of Clinton, Maryland. He saw action in all 13 games a year ago, recording four solo tackles and one assist. — HawkeyeSports.com