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The Week That Was: Last week's top 10 stories

The wait is over, Big Ten fans. Starting Thursday night, the Big Ten football season is here. The Gophers kick of the 2012 schedule late Thursday night at UNLV, Michigan State hosts Boise State on Friday night, and the conference’s 10 other teams get underway Saturday. Before the games kick off, read last week’s top 10 BTN.com stories. 10. Top 5 individual seasons of BTN era BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. The big day is Aug. 30, to be exact. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks

Track Big Ten News As Football Games Near

We’ve done it all spring and summer, but now that the first week of football is here, it gets even better. Every morning Monday through Friday BTN.com offers up a quick take on the headlines from around the Big Ten. You can find my Big Ten Daily Links them here in case you miss them, or get them via RSS over here. Today: Is Urban Meyer more mellow? Will Fitz Toussaint play against Alabama? What’s ahead for Penn State? How will the new faces at Iowa fare? Can Purdue take it to the next level? Plus, my take on the

Sign Here: Big Ten stars autograph BTN tour bus

Another BTN summer football tour is in the books. On this year’s trek across the Big Ten landscape, we logged 3,035 miles in the span of 17 days, according to the always accurate @BTNStatsGuy. And at each of the 12 stops, the exterior of our tour bus received a significant upgrade, in the form of 12 autographs – one from each of the players spotlighted on the sides of the bus. See a picture of your team’s representative signing his likeness in this post, plus watch our tour interview with him. ILLINOIS QB NATHAN SCHEELHAASE INDIANA RB STEPHEN HOUSTON [BTN.com:

MSU RB Le'Veon Bell captures moment with tattoo

The image above is of Le’Veon Bell hugging his mother moments after Michigan State’s heartbreaking loss to Wisconsin in last season’s inaugural Big Ten title game. It’s a moment Bell treasures, and it’s one he’ll certainly never forget. That’s because Bell had the image tattooed on his left arm, with the Bible verse Jeremiah 1:5 under it. [MLive.com: Bell adds meaningful tattoo to chip on his shoulder] See the tattoo below: Like most tattoos, this one has significant meaning. “It meant everything in the world,” Bell told MLive.com. “I feel like the picture that was taken of us really showed

BTN Tour Mailbag: Iowa in the B1G title game?

Our annual summer journey across the Big Ten is over, and what a trip it was. From Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa., we saw all 12 Big Ten teams practice and had a chance to catch up with all the coaches and players. Read our tour coverage here and watch the video here. While the tour is complete, your questions continue to come in. Read my answers to your latest queries in this post and don’t forget to send me your future questions, either in the comment section below or on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart). You said you saw a lot

Michigan State DE William Gholston signs BTN tour bus

Eleven signatures down, the BTN bus has one more autograph to go. On Wednesday, the BTN crew was in East Lansing, Mich., to take in Michigan State practice. As is tradition on this year’s summer tour, we’re having the players represented on the side of the bus sign their likeness. For Michigan State, that guy was defensive end William Gholston. See a picture of Gholston putting his autograph on our bus in this post. [BTN.com: Spartan Stadium scoreboards do not disappoint] Check out similar shots of Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase, Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Indiana’s Stephen Houston, Penn State’s

Dienhart: What I Saw at Michigan State Practice

The BTN Football Tour took us to Michigan State practice on Wednesday, and I watched for a number of things. First, quarterback Andrew Maxwell is looking good as he threw the ball well today. Maxwell also showed nice touch on his passes. And his arm looked good on passes down the sideline and on posts. Coaches think Maxwell is a better athlete than departed Kirk Cousins—and his arm is every bit as good. In fact, it may be the best in the league. We just have to wait to see how Maxwell performs when the lights are turned on when

BTN experts: MSU football practice tweets

1801334779001The BTN bus tour was on its second-to-last stop Wednesday, as the BTN crew took in Michigan State practice. Our guys, @BTNTomDienhart and @BTNDaveRevsine, live tweeted from practice, and @GerryDiNardo sent out his post-practice tweets – a feature he’s providing after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. See all the tweets in this post. And don’t forget to catch the debut of the Michigan State Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday. [BTN.com: Spartan Stadium scoreboards do not disappoint] [BTN.com: What Tom Dienhart learned at Michigan State practice] BTN Bus Tour #Spartans This is the only team in B1G we've

Spartan Stadium Scoreboards do not disappoint

There’s been a lot of talk about the new scoreboards at Spartan Stadium. The BTN team got a first-hand look at the new additions Wednesday as our annual summer football tour hit East Lansing, and the massive displays did not disappoint. Let’s just say Michigan State fans won’t have any trouble seeing the score, stats, replays, or anything of that kind in 2012. [BTN.com: Spartan to become vegetarian for next year] One look at these pictures, and it’s clear Michigan State’s $10 million project was worth it. There’s three scoreboards altogether (two on the north end, one on the south

Big Ten stars all over 12th annual Herbie Awards

Former Ohio State quarterback and current ESPN lead football analyst Kirk Herbstreit released his 12th annual Herbie Awards on Tuesday morning. The Big Ten, as expected, is well-represented in the popular piece. Herbstreit ranks the nation’s top 5 players/coaches/teams in 25 categories, and the Big Ten received four No. 1 selections. See all of Herbie’s Big Ten honorees in this post. [ESPN.com: 12th annual Herbie Awards] Best Running Backs 2. Montee Ball, Wisconsin Quarterbacks: Dual Threat 3. Denard Robinson, Michigan 5. Braxton Miller, Ohio State Tight Ends: Best In The Biz 2. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State End Game: Defensive Ends