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Countdown to kickoff: Big Ten East breakout player

Our countdown to kickoff series chugs along, and today it’s all about Big Ten East breakout players. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team ] There are no shortage of candidates this season, from as far west as Indiana to as far east as Rutgers. Who is your leading Big Ten East breakout player candidate? See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s selections below. Tom Dienhart: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan

BTN LiveBIG: Big Ten dominates a different kind of 'Top 25' ranking

Around this time of year, students, alumni and fans of Big Ten college football teams are abuzz about the top 25 rankings. On campuses, in online forums and at sports bars across the country, people are talking about how many teams the conference has in the respective preseason polls, who’s underrated and overrated, and their predictions for bowl season and the second-ever college football playoff. But with all due respect to the AP and Coaches polls, there’s another “top 25” ranking that’s much more clear-cut, and one in which “impact on the field” takes on an entirely different meaning. We’re

Big Ten football teams celebrate becoming verified on Twitter

Twitter got to verifying Friday, with just under three weeks left to kickoff, and all 14 Big Ten football teams now have the blue check. [ MORE: View our full football tour schedule ] It might sound like a small thing, but it’s kind of a big deal on the popular social media platform. If you don’t think so, just take a look at the football teams’ official accounts. Four teams already have tweeted about becoming verified as of publish time. @GopherFootball had a lot of fun with it, putting the check mark on several pictures of key 2014 plays.

Nine Big Ten teams on CBS Sports' 'best college football team by state' map

Which college football team earns the title of being the “best college football team” in your home state? [ MORE: Big Ten East must-see game | Big Ten West must-see game ] That’s the question our friends over at CBS Sports posed to their followers today, along with an outstanding map graphic, which shows their picks. The list is based on teams they believe are playing the best right now, as oppose to which programs have had the most all-time success. A total of nine Big Ten teams are represented on the map. Of course, keep in mind there are

Countdown to kickoff: Big Ten East most underrated player

Big Ten quarterbacks Connor Cook and J.T Barrett get more than their share of attention. Ditto defensive ends Shilique Calhoun and Joey Bosa. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game ] But how about the talented players who, for whatever reason, don’t seem to garner as many headlines or accolades? Yes, we’re talking about the most underrated players – almost always a popular topic. See BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks for the Big Ten East’s most underrated player below. Tom Dienhart: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana. This

Happy Left-handers day! Here's our favorite lefty plays from this year

It’s time to celebrate, lefties! Today, Aug. 13, 2015, marks the 23rd annual International Left-Handers Day. Last year, I put together a list of our favorite Big Ten lefties, which consisted of names like Kirk Gibson, Calbert Cheaney and Morris Peterson. Today, I dug into the archives and put together a great list of my favorite highlights from left-handed Big Ten athletes over the past season. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here we go! Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell drops an incredible pass to Sam Thompson for the