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Photo: Michigan vanity plate reads 'URBNMYR'

We’ve seen an Ohio State fan go out of his/her way to prove he/she isn’t a Michigan fan. And, now we’ve seen an Ohio State fan boldly go out of his/her way to prove he/she is a Buckeye fan – in the state of Michigan, no less. Check out the picture of a Michigan vanity plate that reads “URBNMYR” in this post. [ MORE: Ohio State assistant cracks joke about rival Michigan ] As stated above, this is a bold move. No one would be surprised if this driver, at the very least, draws some dirty looks on Michigan highways.

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School-by-school: Big Ten's top BCS-era players

Goodbye, BCS. Hello, College Football Playoff. With the new playoff system set to debut this fall, I hit the rewind button and asked one beat writer from all 14 schools for his team’s top player of the BCS era. Here is what I got. * Responses are based on these writers’ personal opinions, and they are not speaking on behalf of the publication for which they write for. [ MORE: BCS Flashbacks: Our top BCS-Era teams by school ] ILLINOIS Matt Daniels (@mdaniels_NG), News-Gazette: Juice Williams (2006-2009) – The BCS era didn’t exactly treat the Illini well. The program only

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Video: Watch full Jim Delany O'Bannon trial interview

Jim Delany sat down with Dave Revsine to talk about the commissioner testifying in the O’Bannon trial last Friday in California. The interview aired Tuesday night on BTN. Watch the interview here and read the full transcript in this post. [ MORE: Big Ten presidents, chancellors respond to O’Bannon trial ] Revsine: There has been so much attention on the O’Bannon trial going on out in California, you testified in that trial on Friday, give us a sense of what the biggest points you were trying to convey during that trial were. Delany: Well basically I was trying to be

Harvey Perlman

B1G presidents, chancellors on O'Bannon trial

ROSEMONT, Ill. — While testifying last week in the O’Bannon trial in Oakland, Calif., Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany spoke to the importance of the inextricable link between academics and athletics as part of the collegiate model, and to the value of establishing a 21st century system to meet the educational needs of current and future student-athletes. [ MORE: Watch our Delany interview and see the full transcript ] During his testimony, Delany conveyed sentiments long supported by the conference and its member institutions. Today, the presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten schools issue the following statement signed

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BTN.com's All-Legends Offensive Team

Legends and Leaders are no more. It was a fun three seasons, but now we turn the page to the East and West. In remembrance of the Legends and Leaders, which formed with Nebraska’s arrival prior to 2011, we’re highlighting our top players from the period (2011-13). Up next: BTN.com’s All-Legends Offensive Team. As a refresher, the Legends featured Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern. View our team in the photo gallery below and see player stats at the bottom of this post. [ MORE: All-Leaders Offense | All-Leaders Defense | All-Legends Defense ] BTN.com’s All-Legends Offensive Team

Two-way Jabrill Peppers? Brady Hoke says, 'We'll see'

Will incoming freshman phenom Jabrill Peppers play both ways for the Michigan Wolverines in 2014? That’s the million dollar question that seems to be on every Michigan fan’s mind. Fortunately, it looks like we may have an answer… soft of. Bonnie Bernstein, of Campusinsiders.com, recently sat down with Michigan football coach Brady Hoke and asked him about Peppers’ chances of playing both ways, as well as several other enticing questions. [ MORE: Peppers offers his top 10 predictions | Watch Peppers wow in 100-meter ] Check out the full interview here: When Bernstein asks Hoke about the chances of Peppers

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Athlon: 18 B1G stars earn preseason All-America honors

Athlon Sports released its College Football 2014 All-America Team on Monday, and 18 Big Ten stars made the cut, with Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, Ohio State DT Michael Bennett and Michigan State P Mike Sadler earning first-team distinction. See all of Athlon’s Big Ten preseason All-Americans in this post. [ MORE: How does Athlon’s list compare to Phil Steele’s? ] OFFENSE QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 3rd team RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin – 1st team RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska – 2nd team RB: Jeremy Langford, Michigan State – 4th team TE: Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State – 3rd team T:

Mitch Leidner

Ranking all the Big Ten games, from Week 1 to 14

I’ve spent the last few weeks offering my super-early thoughts on the  2014 football schedule. You can catch up here. Today, it’s time to compile my game rankings for all 14 weeks in one post. What’s the one game you won’t want to miss each week? Hop inside to find out. WEEK 1 1. Wisconsin vs. LSU (in Houston) 2. Cal at Northwestern 3. Penn State vs. UCF (in Dublin, Ireland) 4. Ohio State at Navy (in Baltimore) 5. Rutgers at Washington State (Thursday in Seattle) 6. Appalachian State at Michigan 7. Northern Iowa at Iowa 8. Youngstown State at

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Michigan's Blake Countess to wear Woodson's No. 2

Michigan’s official Twitter account, @umichfootball, tweeted out a link of the Wolverines’ updated 2014 football roster earlier today. Most noticeable on the roster is that redshirt junior cornerback Blake Countess will wear No. 2 this season. He previously wore No. 18. [ MORE: Where does Michigan Stadium land on Athlon Sports ranking? ] Of course, No. 2 belonged to former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, who played for the Wolverines from 1995-1997 and helped lead them to the 1997 National Championship. Just this past season, Devin Gardner, Jeremy Gallon, Devin Funchess, Jake Ryan and Desmond Morgan were presented with

Ohio Stadium ranked No. 1 B1G venue in Athlon Sports poll

Athlon Sports is doing a series of college football stadium rankings, and it was time to consider the Big Ten homes Friday. Ohio Stadium took the top spot, garnering nine of 12 first-place votes, while Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) came in second. The voters included 10 Big Ten personalities, including BTN’s Gerry DiNardo, Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina, and a pair of Athlon experts. See the full results in this post. [ MORE: athlonsports.com: Ranking the Big Ten Stadiums ] FINAL POLL (highest vote; lowest vote) 1. Ohio Stadium – 1; 2 2. Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) – 1; 5 3. Camp