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Five B1G players appear in Kiper's Mock Draft 1.0

January is here. College football has come to a close and your hometown NFL team has already been bounced from the postseason. So, what can you focus on now to get your daily dose of NFL and college football news? That’s easy — The NFL Draft. [ MORE: Dienhart: Big Ten to lose just four stars early to NFL Draft ] We all know that ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper Jr. goes together with the NFL Draft like peanut butter goes together with jelly. You want the best insight for the upcoming draft? Kiper is your guy. The ESPN draft

Dienhart: A look at Big Ten early enrollees

National Signing Day is Feb. 5th, but schools have been inking mid-year prospects for a few weeks in the early-signing period. And today is the deadline. The Big Ten will welcome 51 newcomers, who all are enrolled and able to go through winter conditioning and spring ball. Illinois leads the way with nine mid-year enrollees. Michigan and Ohio State each have brought in seven. Indiana has six, while Penn State and Wisconsin have five. Iowa and Northwestern have the fewest mid-year additions with just one each. Among the newcomers are 10 junior college transfers. Illinois leads the way with four

Video: Our experts discuss Max Bullough's silence

Much has been made about Max Bullough’s decision to decline to address his Rose Bowl suspension at practices leading up to Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game. Bullough didn’t address the issue with media Monday or Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla., but our analysts recommend the Michigan State linebacker talk soon. Watch the report in this post. [ MORE: Video: Jeremy Gallon talks about East-West Shrine Game ] Here’s what BTN draft expert Russ Lande said: “Well, he’s got to just come out and to tell them what happened. If you try to evade and lie to these guys, whether it’s here

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including a ridiculous block by former Indiana star Victor Oladipo. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: Our take: Not in Victor’s house! I am thankful for everyone assoc with TOSU for 3 great years and my family and I are excited to join the Houston Texans as the LB coach. — Mike Vrabel (@CoachVrabel50) January 9,

Daily links: 10 Big Ten stories to know Thursday

This just in on the Penn State coaching search: San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman reportedly interviewed for the post on Monday. Wow, he’s a busy guy, as the 49ers have a playoff game at Carolina this weekend. So, if you are keeping track, James Franklin, Mike Munchak and Larry Johnson are in the mix. Oh, and it looks like Franklin has an offer on the table. This thing may end soon. Very soon. *** The big news that hit yesterday was the firing of Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges. But, really, it wasn’t news. I think we all

How much is your Big Ten football team worth? A lot!

How much is your Big Ten football team worth? Thanks to a recent study by Ryan Brewer, an assistant professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, we have an idea. Let’s state the obvious: every Big Ten program is worth a lot. But, Michigan ($688.5 million) and Ohio State ($674.8) lead the Big Ten and only trail Texas ($875) and Notre Dame ($811.5). Editor’s note: In the first version of this story, we incorrectly used last year’s study and numbers. The error has been fixed. [ MORE: View the total value of top college football teams ] According to

Who would have won Spartans-Seminoles?

The Spartan Rose Bowl champion football team was recognized at the No. 3 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan State game last night. And, as you would suspect, the squad was met with a warm reception. Why not? The 13-1 season will go down as one of the greatest in school history, as Michigan State played in and won its first Rose Bowl since the 1987 season. The lone loss was a 17-13 setback at Notre Dame that was noteworthy for some iffy pass inference penalties called against the Spartans. Otherwise, Michigan State was a buzz saw, winning all of

Why each B1G team should feel good about 2014

It’s not too early to start thinking about the 2014 season, right? Right. Others already are in on the action, with super-early top 25 polls. So, here’s why you should be excited about your team’s prospects for next season. Smiles, everyone! [ MORE: View the final 2013 college football polls ] ILLINOIS Fans are jacked out of their mind to see Oklahoma State transfer quarterback Wes Lunt, who could take this improving offense to another level. Don’t forget about Aaron Bailey, too. RB Josh Ferguson is a special jack-of-all-trades. All of the young talent on defense that took its bumps

DiNardo: 'Why can't Michigan play Ohio State in September?'

Michigan State and Auburn both started the season unranked and went on to go 12-1 and win their respective conferences. So, why did the Tigers get the BCS title game bid over the Spartans? Other than the fact they play in the SEC, of course? Gerry DiNardo said on Tuesday’s #BTNLive that it has to do with how the Big Ten schedules. DiNardo’s recommendation? Play more big-time September night games. Watch the segment here. [ MORE: View the final 2013 college football polls ] As DiNardo said in the video:”The perception of the SEC (is) you get a good glimpse

Dienhart: Ready for an early 2014 football poll?

The grass stains and bruises are still fresh from last night’s BCS title game, a scintillating triumph for Florida State over Auburn that ended the SEC’s seven-season run of dominance. That hasn’t stopped some people from turning the page – and quickly. Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com already has an early, early—and I mean EARLY—2014 Top 25. Florida State is No. 1. No shocker, as Jameis Winston will be back to defend his Heisman and national title. If this poll is accurate—and we know it isn’t—the four-team playoff would look like this: No. 1 FSU vs. No. 4 Stanford, and No.