Reader mail: Thoughts on Iowa & true freshmen

Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. While on the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions from every stop along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We were at Iowa practice Wednesday, and Hawkeyes fans sent me their questions. Nebraska is up Thursday. Here’s what I want to see from the Huskers. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart).

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DiNardo: Iowa football practice tweets

BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and the rest of the BTN crew was in Iowa City, Iowa, Wednesday to shoot the Iowa Preview Show. As DiNardo does every week during the regular season in a feature called Sunday Ruminations, he went to Twitter to offer his thoughts on what he saw. See all of the tweets in this post. And don’t forget to watch the Iowa show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday. Until then, here’s our interview with senior James Ferentz. You also can view our entire bus tour TV schedule in this post.

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Clothes Call: Ranking Big Ten football helmets

When Tom Dienhart wrote that Penn State should put blue ribbon stickers on both sides of its helmet, it got my attention. No helmet, it seems, is as sacred as Penn State’s  – not even Michigan’s. After all, the Wolverines are coming off a season in which they added numbers to their lids and put gray facemasks in the rotation, both nods to the past. It’s back to the usual look in 2012. The last time Penn State made a significant change to its helmet: 1987, when it went from gray to blue facemasks.

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