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Dienhart: My top 10 Big Ten NFL draft prospects

We are inching closer to the NFL draft. And the Big Ten can only hope the 2014 draft is more fruitful than the 2013 draft. The Big Ten had just one first-round pick in 2013—and it didn’t come until No. 31 overall, when the Cowboys tabbed Wisconsin center Travis Frederick. And there were just four second-round selections: Purdue DT Kawann Short; Michigan State RB Le’Veon Bell; Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins; Wisconsin RB Montee Ball. In all, the Big Ten produced only 22 draft picks, its lowest total since 1994, when it had 21 (and 11 teams, not 12). The prospects

#BTNLive asks: Who's your first NFL Draft pick?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts Rick Pizzo, Stephen Bardo and Russell Lande discuss this question: Which Big Ten player would you select first in the NFL Draft? How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/BTN) and post your chosen hashtag there. There’s another very easy way to

Michigan refers to Michigan State as 'State' on schedule

Every Big Ten football fan knows that Michigan-Ohio State is one of the most well-respected rivalries in college sports. Well, in recent years, the in-state Michigan-Michigan State rivalry has been making a move up the ranks. There’s the “Little Brother” jab, of course, and the Wolverines have started to refer to the Spartans as “State,” and not “Michigan State,” on their in-house schedule. So, it’s “Ohio” and “State,” both in respective school colors, for Michigan’s two biggest Big Ten rivals. The Rose Bowl is deliberately on the schedule. pic.twitter.com/vBlC5PeGA2 — Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziBlade) April 18, 2014 What do you think,

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Dienhart: A look at Big Ten's first 11 spring games

Only three Big Ten spring games remain, as Iowa, reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl champ Michigan State and Rutgers are still conducting spring practices. That means 11 teams have wrapped up spring drills and have their eyes set on the 2014 season. What did Tom Dienhart learn from the spring sessions? Find out in this post. ILLINOIS There are nice options at quarterback. The candidates include Aaron Bailey, Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt and experienced backup Reilly O’Toole. But in the end, it will be a shock if Lunt isn’t the starter. He has the look of a big-time

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Six B1G players in first round of ESPN Mock Draft

The snow has melted. Spring is here. And that means the much-anticipated NFL draft is just around the corner. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. released his most recent NFL Mock Draft 4.0 this week, and there is plenty of Big Ten love. Six Big Ten players appear in the first round of the mock draft, led by Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who he has going No. 6 overall to the Atlanta Falcons. “While (Greg) Robinson and Jake Matthews are both very good players and should be at the next level, there’s a case to be made that

#BTNLive asks: How many bowl games should there be?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: How many college football bowl games should there be? The choices: #Lessthan20, #21to30, #31to40,  or #AsManyAsPossible How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/BTN) and post your chosen hashtag there. There’s another very easy way to vote via Twitter

Dan Dierdorf named Michigan radio analyst

(AP) Dan Dierdorf is coming back to the booth and will be the radio analyst for University of Michigan football games this fall. The Pro Football Hall of Famer will work with play-by-play announcer Jim Brandstatter, one of his teammates while playing for the Wolverines during the 1969 and 1970 seasons. The announcement Thursday was made by Michigan and IMG College, the school’s multimedia rights partner. “This is the only broadcasting job that I would have considered after retiring from the network television,” Dierdorf said in a statement. “It’s a chance to return to the city where Bump (Elliott) gave

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If B1G basketball players formed a football team ...

Here’s a question that college basketball fans have probably asked themselves at one point or another: How good would that guy be if he played football? The which-basketball-players-would-be-great-at-football topic always makes for a great conversation point, but rather than pointlessly flirting with the idea, let’s go ahead and actually put it into action. With both the college football and basketball seasons now in the books, I went ahead and put together a 22-man football lineup made up of all Big Ten hoops players from the 2013-14 season. Did I miss someone? If so, tweet me @BTNSean. OFFENSE Quarterback: Josh Gasser,

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SportingNews: Meyer, Dantonio Big Ten's best

SportingNews.com decided to rank the Big Ten’s football coaches, and there’s no surprise at the top of the list. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, he of two national titles at Florida, is No. 1, and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, fresh off a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl Game win, is No. 2. [ MORE: SportingNews.com: Big Ten coach rankings ] After the top two, though, the site’s ranking is certain to elicit its share of debate. Pat Fitzgerald is No. 3, even after a 5-7 season, James Franklin is No. 4, despite never coaching a Big Ten game, and Gary