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Video: 'Mannequin' scares Dantonio, other Spartans

What’s the best way to make sure your coaches and teammates are awake and engaged at 6:30 in the morning? How about dressing up as an MSU football mannequin from head to toe, and then jumping out and scaring the heck out of them? [ RELATED: Spartans surprise in Sports Illustrated preseason poll ] Check out MSU head coach Mark Dantonio’s reaction when the mannequin jumps out at him and catches him completely off guard. I guess that’s one way to get the coach to remember you… Senior quarterback Andrew Maxwell seems to handle the scare pretty well, but the

SI preseason poll: Spartans surprise, Huskers left out

Will Ohio State jump defending National Champion Alabama in any publication’s preseason college football top 25 poll? The chances are looking slim for the Buckeyes as Sports Illustrated released its preseason top 25 poll, and Urban Meyer’s team came in at No. 4, behind Alabama, Stanford and Texas A&M. [ SI.com: Preseason college football top 25] Buckeye nation can’t be happy with that, and after coming off a perfect 12-0 2012 season and featuring one of the top returning offenses in the country, can you really blame them? But Ohio State being ranked at No. 4 certainly isn’t the only

Yankee Candle now selling select Big Ten candles

Gee, you know what the fan who has it all could really use? A school-specific candle, that’s what. Well, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin fans are in luck. Just in time for kickoff, Yankee Candle has released school-specific (scented) candles, and the collection includes the aforementioned four Big Ten schools. Here are the links to purchase the Big Ten candles: Illinois Michigan State Ohio State Wisconsin It’s no misprint, these 22-ounce candles will run you $27.99. Hey, no one said school pride was cheap. But nothing will complete your tailgate or viewing party better than the scent coming

BTN Football Tour: Relive all of our 2013 coverage

It’s one of our favorite annual traditions. Every summer, after each practice on our 12-stop trek across Big Ten country, the player represented on our tour bus signs his likeness. It makes for a tremendous photo op – not to mention a really cool memento from our travels. See a photo of all the players signing their likeness and relive all of our tour coverage right here. Stop No. 1: Indiana ( RECAP | TWEETS | PICS | VIDEO ) [ VIDEO: Watch our football tour impressions, interviews ] Stop No. 2: Ohio State ( RECAP | TWEETS | PICS | VIDEO

Video: Watch BTN Football Tour interviews

If you missed it over the weekend, the BTN Football Tour made stops at Michigan and Michigan State on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Get Tom Dienhart’s thoughts from Michigan and Michigan State, plus read all of our tour coverage here. Throughout the tour, track all the action with our guys on Twitter (@BTNDaveRevsine, @gerrydinardo, @howardgriffith & @BTNTomDienhart). [ INSTAGRAM: See all of our photos from the football tour ] Have a question for our guys? Tweet it to them, using the hashtag #AskBTN, and they’ll answer the best ones. Now, it’s time for Saturday and Sunday’s video. Our team talks

Dienhart: This Michigan State team is motivated

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Spartans looked impressive in practice Sunday, though they may be showing some “camp legs.” Still, this is an impressive-looking team that is loaded with athletic ability. More vital: It’s a motivated team coming off a 7-6 season. It was a spirited workout that moved efficiently. Mark Dantonio wasn’t as hands-on as some other head coaches I have seen, opting to rove from spot to spot. [ PROGRAM ALERT: Watch the Michigan State Preview Show at 8 ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go ] The top three quarterbacks all had their moments. Andrew Maxwell threw well, Connor Cook

Twitter: Our guys' tweets from Spartans camp

The BTN Football Tour is in East Lansing, Mich., today to check out Mark Datonio’s Michigan State Spartans. Our guys are taking in practice right now, and we’re posting their best tweets in this post. Reminder: Watch the Michigan State Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, Aug. 17 on BTN/BTN2Go. [ RELATED: Dienhart: This Michigan State team in motivated ] TOM DIENHART 74 Jack Conklin has been a huge camp surprise, as the ex walkon is now penciled in to start at LT. pic.twitter.com/tp3FffTmbA — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 11, 2013 Tight end is a big concern for the

Phil Steele releases 2013 Initial Power Ratings

The highly respected Phil Steele released his 2013 Initial Power Ratings on Friday, and the list is certain to get the attention of Big Ten fans. For starters, Big Ten preseason favorite Ohio State lands at No. 4, behind reigning national champ Alabama, Oregon and Texas A&M. Ohio State fans won’t like that. Nebraska? The reigning Legends Division champ comes in at No. 27, and is the fifth (!) Big Ten team. [ PhilSteele.com: 2013 Initial Power Ratings ] Before you get too upset, understand that this is just one of Steele’s nine sets of power ratings. He refers to

'Johnson Rod' reference? Dienhart wins Twitter

We sent BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart on the BTN Football Tour to provide analysis from every Big Ten camp. He’s done so through the first three stops. With a day of travel planned Friday, well, he couldn’t stop the analysis. This time, Dienhart provided witty and entertaining play-by-play of the tour bus’ mechanical troubles, right outside State College, Pa. Breaking the news: Uh-oh: BTN bus has encountered mechanical issues along I-99 minutes outside of State College. Driver is furiously working his cell phone. — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 9, 2013 Spot-on analysis: BTN bus was coughing smoke. Small section

B1G Player Rankings: No. 20, Darqueze Dennard

We’re 20 days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day. No. 20: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State With all the talent the Michigan State defense has rolled out the last two seasons, Darqueze Dennard hasn’t received the love and attention his play warrants. That’s not right, as the 5-11, 188-pound cornerback has averaged 47 tackles