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Four Big Ten teams land in Stewart Mandel's early top 25 poll

With spring practice in the books across the country, we continue to inch (slowly, mind you) closer toward the 2016 college football season. [ MORE: Follow @slmandel on Twitter ] It’s still three-plus months away, if you’re wondering, but you wouldn’t know it by the way-too-early top 25 polls, which actually started to come out immediately following the national championship game. Anyway, FOXSports.com’s Stewart Mandel released his early top 25 Monday, and it includes four Big Ten teams. Check out where Mandel places the Big Ten and get one sentence of his analysis below. 5. Michigan – Jim Harbaugh’s second

BTN announces 2016 primetime football schedule

Of the 10 games, seven feature teams that finished ranked in the final AP Top 25 poll, including a pair of games for 2015 Big Ten title game participants Iowa and Michigan State. View our full primetime slate inside.

Here's how to watch every game of the Big Ten softball tourney

The top 12 teams make the tournament, held at Penn State, and all 11 games air live on BTN/BTN2Go, starting with No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Rutgers at noon ET Thursday. View the complete tournament schedule and get links to watch each game on BTN2Go.

Big Ten names, past and present, send Mother's Day wishes

One of the easiest days of the year to celebrate, today is Mother’s Day. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] From all of us at Big Ten Network, here’s to wishing every Big Ten mom out there the happiest of Mother’s Days. Throughout the day Sunday, Big Ten names, both past and present, went to social media to send their mothers and/or wives Mother’s Day greetings. From former Wisconsin defensive lineman and current NFL superstar JJ Watt to ex-Purdue women’s basketball star and current BTN analyst Stephanie White, see some of the tweets

Video: Happy Mother's Day from 'The Journey'

Happy Mother’s Day to every Big Ten mom! [ MORE: Big Ten names, past and present, tweet Mother’s Day wishes ] To help celebrate the special day, our friends at “The Journey” went back into the archives to compile a montage of moments between Big Ten student-athletes and their mothers throughout the years of the award-winning series. Watch the full feature in the video above.

Dienhart: Michigan State Spartans' offseason to-do list

Michigan State is the defending Big Ten champ, coming off the program’s first College Football Playoff appearance. The 2015 season marked the fifth time in the last six years that MSU won double-digit games. And the program has played in major bowls each of the last three seasons. No doubt, a strong foundation has been laid as Mark Dantonio enters his 10th season in East Lansing. But there is significant work to do before the season kicks off with a visit from Furman. Here is my look at Michigan State’s to-do list. 1. Pick a QB. Mark Dantonio hasn’t named

Twelve Big Ten players invited to NBA Draft Combine

The list of players invited to the 2016 NBA Draft Combine has officially been released, and a total of 12 former Big Ten standouts appear on the 63-man list. Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell is also listed as an alternate. The combine is set to take place on May 11-15 in Chicago. Here is the list of the 12 Big Ten players invited to participate in the event, along with a look at their projected draft stock and a current NBA comparison. The 2016 NBA Draft rules allow underclassmen players to go through the pre-draft process all the way through the combine. Those

Here's what number Big Ten 2016 NFL Draft picks will wear

With the 2016 NFL Draft in the books, several of the 47 Big Ten selections are being assigned their pro numbers. [ MORE: Round 1 Big Ten picks | Rounds 2-3 | Rounds 4-7 ] Check out the full list below. Missing numbers will be updated as they are announced. Know a missing player’s number? Please leave it as a comment at the bottom of this post. ROUND 1 3. Joey Bosa (Ohio State), Chargers – 99 4. Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State), Cowboys – 21 8. Jack Conklin (Michigan State), Titans – 78 10. Eli Apple (Ohio State), Giants –

Big Ten Mailbag: How will unbalanced slate impact league?

I dig into my Big Ten Mailbag to answer your questions about the Big Ten’s looming nine-game league schedule, Michigan State concerns and Iowa’s prospects in 2016, among other topics. Let’s go! With schools playing nine Big Ten games this year, how important will scheduling be in deciding outcomes this fall? – Larry Roehrkasse It will be big, as for the first time since 1984, Big Ten teams will have to a nine-game conference schedule. Teams from the East Division will host five conference home games during even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five conference home