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Countdown to kickoff: West surprise team?

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Pat Fitzgerald Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. First up: West surprise team? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.

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19 Big Ten players land on ESPN's CFB Top 100

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Shilique Calhoun Fumble Recovered for TD

ESPN.com recently finalized a list of the top 100 players in college football this season. A total of 19 Big Ten standouts appear on the list, led by Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun, who comes in at No. 4. Here is a look at where all 19 Big Ten players appear and a short blurb from ESPN on each player near the top of the list.

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Tour preview: What I'll watch, and where I'll eat

Urban Meyer

2014 Big Ten Football Media Days - Day 1 Wrap-Up

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The sparkly BTN tour bus chugs away from our glistening headquarters on 600 West Chicago Ave., on Monday, as a near-three-week journey that will span from Lincoln, Neb., to New Brunswick, N.J., begins. I can’t wait to see driver Kevin, drink Red Bull, shop for mesh hats at remote truck stops and see if Gerry DiNardo is still the last human on the planet who carries a handkerchief.

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Purdue Pete rallies, wins Chicago Tribune mascot poll

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As we posted Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune conducted a poll on the Big Ten’s best mascot. At the time, Herky and Brutus were well ahead of the competition and involved in a two-mascot race. Then, something crazy happened. Let’s just say, Purdue fans hijacked the poll, to the point that it went from last to the runaway winner, finishing with 5,422,716 votes (74 percent).

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Big Ten has embarrassment of riches at RB

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Ameer Abdullah Student-Athlete Speech - 2014 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

There’s Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford and Minnesota’s David Cobb. Do you want me to go on? OK.

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