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41 Big Ten Products selected in 2012 NFL Draft

The 2012 NFL Draft came to a close Saturday night. Forty-one former Big Ten stars were selected during the three-day event in New York, including four first-rounders: Iowa’s Riley Reiff, Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus, Wisconsin Kevin Zeitler and Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins. Mercilus and Jenkins were the first of four Illini drafted in the first 48 picks. Even more impressive, four of the Big Ten’s first six players off the board were Illini. Catch up on the entire draft with FoxSports.com’s Draft Tracker and see all the Big Ten picks in this post. ROUND 1 No. 23: Iowa OT Riley Reiff, Detroit

Spring Game Central: Michigan State

The Michigan State football team held its annual spring game Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. It was an entertaining and insightful day in East Lansing, Mich., as Mark Dantonio gave BTN an all-access pass to the scrimmage. Watch now as Lisa Byington was allowed into the Michigan State huddle, plus get interviews and highlights from Saturday’s 14-2 decision in this post. Also, see what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned from the spring game and read some of the best tweets that were sent out during the action. Here’s what Dienhart learned from the White beating the Green, 14-2: Backup

Sparty takes handoff in Michigan State spring game

Spring games are great because they give fans a glimpse into what their teams will look like in the fall. But, lets face it, the games lack the excitement and entertainment of a real game. Saturday’s Michigan State game had a moment of great entertainment, though. Mark Dantonio made sure of it, as he put Sparty, Michigan State’s chiseled mascot, in the backfield and dialed up a running play. Let’s just say no one will confuse Sparty with Le’Veon Bell, because the mascot struggled on the play, losing yards and putting the ball on the ground. To be fair, the

Sideline Interviews: Ex-Spartans Jones & Worthy

The last time we saw former Michigan State star linebacker Greg Jones he was proposing to his girlfriend on the field following the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win. On Saturday, he was an honorary captain for Michigan State’s spring game at Spartan Stadium. Watch Lisa Byington’s interview with the two-time first team All American now. Also, Byington caught up with former Spartan star DT Jerel Worthy, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers on Friday. Watch Worthy’s interview in this post. And, as promised, here’s Worthy:

Spartans & Badgers Spring Game Preview

The Big Ten wraps up spring drills this Saturday with Michigan State and Wisconsin being the last two schools to finish. And, in some ways, it’s fitting they punctuate spring practices in the Big Ten Conference. The Spartans and Badgers met last season in the inaugural Big Ten title game, with Wisconsin pulling an exhilarating 42-39 victory. Earlier in the season the teams played perhaps the game of the year in the Big Ten, with Michigan State claiming a 37-31 win in East Lansing on a last-second Hail Mary pass from Kirk Cousins to Keith Nichol that forever will be

Tonight on BTN2Go: Wisconsin Spring Game

At 5 p.m. ET Saturday, it’s Wisconsin’s spring game live on  BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. The Wisconsin game will debut on BTN at 8 p.m. ET Sunday. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart delivers three things to watch for during each of these two game. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from the day’s Big Ten spring games at 8 p.m. ET on the “B1G Tonight: Spring Football Edition” with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. This week’s episode will also include an NFL Draft feature on Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus, profiling his rise to excellence from his beginnings

BCS Takes Step Toward Football Final Four

Be prepared to say good-bye to the old Bowl Championship Series system. Or, perhaps you feel more like uttering “good riddance.” Either way, get ready to say “hello” to a college football playoff. That’s correct—a playoff. No, you haven’t died and gone to heaven. It’s true. College football could be crowning its national champion with a playoff as soon as the 2014 season, although there is plenty of work to do before that. The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame have emerged from three days of meetings in Hollywood, Fla., with a plan that will forever change the sport. It won’t

Draft Predictions: Who May Get Picked?

The NFL draft starts at 8 p.m. ET Thursday with the first round, continues Friday with rounds two and three before finishing Saturday with the final four rounds. For Big Ten players, questions linger. Which one will be the first off the board? Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff? Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus? Someone else? Earlier I talked to some experts about a few bigger Big Ten names and you can find links to draft histories for all Big Ten teams over here. Following is a look at which Big Ten players may get drafted and where. TOP PROSPECTS BY

Delany: Rose Bowl not blocking BCS change

(AP) Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says BCS officials are narrowing the field of possible changes to college football’s postseason and the Rose Bowl is not standing in the way of progress. Delany has been meeting with his fellow commissioners, Notre Dame’s athletic director and other college football officials working on overhauling the Bowl Championship Series. Among the options being discussed Wednesday is a four-team playoff that could be held separate from the bowls. Delany says there is “pretty high expectation that there’s going to be change.” He also says he wants the group to proceed with caution. He says:

Daily Links: Nebraska's Pelini gets raise

A look at the #B1G football headlines on a wonderful Wednesday in the heart of America, including a Nebraska coach getting a raise, a Wisconsin linebacker getting a haircut, and a quarterback battle at Penn State getting ready to heat up. Husker raise: Bo Pelini’s contract has been bumped back to five years, and his salary has been increased from $2.775 million to $2.875 million—per terms of the revised agreement signed a year ago–reports Rich Kaipust of the Omaha World-Herald. Pelini’s deal runs through 2016. This, of course, will help Pelini in recruiting and offer this building program the stability