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Dienhart: Ohio State tops preseason power poll

The analysis, opinion, conjecture, speculation and anticipation are almost finished. Real, live football kicks off Thursday, with Minnesota hosting UNLV and Indiana entertaining Indiana State. Both games air at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Each week, I will rank the Big Ten teams 1-12. This is the first edition of my Power Poll, presented by ArcelorMittal. [ RELATED: Get Dienhart’s “Best” from the 2013 BTN Football Tour ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State. The Buckeyes are the bellwether, carrying the Big Ten’s water when it comes to being a national title contender. What do I like? Where do I

Dienhart: Iowa names Jake Rudock starting QB

The wait is over: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz named sophomore Jake Rudock the starting quarterback today. No surprise. Rudock has been running with the first-team throughout training camp and has looked the best among the competition, which also includes redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard and junior Cody Sokol—who began his career at a junior college. Rudock is perceived to be a safe choice, the signal-caller with an OK arm who knows the offense best—and is the least likely to commit a catastrophic mistake. Beathard may have the best arm of the bunch, but he’s prone to mistakes. [ RELATED: Dienhart: Myriad

How much would you pay to attend a game? This much

If Big Ten fans want to attend games, they’ll have to reach deep into their pockets. Big Ten teams occupy three of the top four spots in Forbes.com’s ranking of most expensive average ticket price for 2013. [ Forbes.com: Notre Dame tops nation in college football ticket prices ] Ohio State has the second most expensive average ticket price in the nation at $246. Michigan is No. 2 at $230, while Nebraska is No. 4 at $210. Other Big Ten teams in the Top 25 are Iowa and Penn State. Notre Dame came up short in the BCS title game

Dienhart: Best of the 2013 BTN Football Tour

After 15 nights in 12 hotels and 12 cities, stretching from Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa., the BTN bus has come to a stop. It was a fun ride, visiting all the Big Ten schools to watch practices. It was the BTN crew’s last chance to kick the tires on each team before the start of the 2013 season. I ate a lot of fast food and drank a lot of Red Bull while traveling the interstates of this great nation. I chowed on Arby’s on I-80; enjoyed Wendy’s on I-94; grubbed on Subway on I-70. Along the way,

BTN's new fall lineup launches Monday with #BTNLive

CHICAGO – It’s time to apply the face paint, dig out that lucky jersey and find the sweet spot on the couch – college football season kicks off next week! In anticipation of the upcoming season, the Big Ten Network surveyed Americans to find out how and where they like to watch college football. It turns out most prefer the big screen at home, enjoy spending time with their friends, and quite a few spend time yelling at the TV while watching their favorite teams battle it out on the gridiron. BTN’s survey found superstitious fans like to do more

Dienhart: My most important Week 1 Big Ten games

Not all season-opening games are created equally. Some are more difficult and critical than others. Yes, you never want to put too much stock into one game. Still, the first game of the season is bigger and more important for some teams than it is for others. With the season fast approaching, here is my look at the seven most fascinating season openers. 1. Northern Illinois at Iowa. The Hawkeyes’ struggles are well-documented. Iowa has gone from 11 wins in 2009 to eight, to seven to four. You don’t need to have a degree in statistics to see the trend

Dienhart: Myriad questions loom for Hawkeyes

As Kirk Ferentz enters his 15th season in Iowa City, he finds himself looking to get his program back on track. The Hawkeyes’ win total has gone from 11 to 8 to 7 to 4 last season. Myriad questions loom for Iowa as it winds down training camp, as the halcyon days of the early-2000s fade further into the rear-view mirror. But Ferentz and Co., often do their best work when expectations are low. [ PROGRAM ALERT: Watch the Iowa Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go ] Officially, no starting quarterback has been named. But it looks

Twitter: Our guys' tweets from Iowa practice

Believe it or not, the 2013 BTN Football Tour has reached its 12th and final stop. The guys took in Iowa practice Tuesday morning, and they live tweeted throughout the day. Find some of their best tweets in this post. Reminder: Watch the Iowa Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go. [ RELATED: Dienhart: Myriad questions loom for Hawkeyes ] TOM DIENHART Kirk Ferentz said before practice JC WR Damond Powell has impressed with his quickness. Could be a playmaker. Got here right before camp. — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 20, 2013 Ferentz also says RBs Damon Bullock

SI's Mandel predicts Michigan vs. Ohio State B1G title game

If you want to see Ohio State and Michigan play on back-to-back weeks, you’ll like Stewart Mandel’s 2013 Big Ten football preview. Mandel, who released his preview Tuesday, picks Ohio State to beat Michigan in the Big Ten title game, one week after losing at Michigan. [ SI.com: Ohio State, Michigan lead 2013 Big Ten conference preview ] While Mandel doesn’t have the Buckeyes going unblemished – as many other experts predict – he’s still very high on Urban Meyer’s team. After all, he predicts Braxton Miller (Offensive MVP), Ryan Shazier (Defensive MVP) and Dontre Wilson (Impact Freshman) to take

Yarina: My preseason All-Big Ten Offensive Team

The Big Ten football season kicks off in less than two weeks. Before Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go, it’s time to unveil my preseason All-Big Ten Offense. Who did I miss? Feel free to leave your submission in the comment section at the bottom of the post. I’ll post my defensive team later. [ RELATED: Yarina: My preseason All-Big Ten Defense ] Editor’s note: Click on images below to see full photos and analysis. About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes