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Dienhart's 2014 Big Ten football predictions

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QB Jake Rudock - Fall Practice Interview

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I’ve spent months (seems like years, some days) analyzing the coming 2014 season. I’ve talked to head coaches. assistant coaches and players. I even asked the greeter at my local Walmart who he likes to win the Big Ten. Hey, he’s a big Ohio State fan. I wanted to at least humor the guy, ya know?

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2014 preseason All-Big Ten Freshman Team

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Tom Herman - BTN Live Interview

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Our BTN Summer Bus Tour is officially in the books. After visiting 14 Big Ten schools in 17 days, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart received plenty of insight and got an inside look into what to expect in the upcoming 2014 college football season.

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Players on the rise? Here's Tom Dienhart's list!

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Tom Dienhart on O'Bannon Ruling

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With the 2014 BTN bus tour in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look back at my team-by-team player on the rise. These are the players who have a bright future. They might not be a star or consistent regular this fall, but you should learn their names and get to like their games.

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Dienhart's best of the 2014 BTN bus tour

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Michael Bennett - Fall Practice Interview

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The BTN bus traveled almost 4,000 miles, beginning in Bloomington, Ind., on Aug. 4 and ending in Champaign, Ill., on Aug. 20. We have kicked the tires on all 14 teams one last time—watching practice, talking to players, talking to coaches–before the season kicks off next week. Deep breath!

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Photo: Spartans' Mike Sadler delights in team photo

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Outside of the classroom, Mike Sadler is a punter first and an entertainer second. A 2014 Ray Guy Award watch list honoree, Sadler garners as much attention for what he does off the field as he does on it. That says a lot, and it’s the direct result of his hilarious personality. Need proof? Check out his pose in Michigan State’s 2014 team photo.

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