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Ann Arbor, Madison, Iowa City among top college towns to live in

Pretty much any Big Ten college town would be a great place to call home. But, which ones are the best of the best when it comes to the entire nation? SmartAsset.com recently ranked its best college towns to live in, and the Big Ten took three of the 25 spots. Ann Arbor, Michigan, paced the Big Ten, at No. 7, while Madison, Wisconsin, rounded out the top 10. Iowa City, Iowa, came in at No. 13. For what it’s worth, Princeton, New Jersey, took the No. 1 spot on the ranking. The site considered more than 100 cities and

Pick your games, send us a video & you could make it on TV

So far this season, a number of fans have sent us some creative videos of them making their Big Ten football confidence picks just like BTN football analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Watch all of the weekly submissions that made it to TV in this post, then find out how to submit your video to us each remaining week of the season. Here’s what you do: Watch Monday’s “BTN Live” to find out which games to pick. The show airs at 6 p.m. ET. Rank your confidence in your picks from 5 (most confident) down to 1 (least confident). Include

BTN LiveBIG: The Big Ten vs. Breast Cancer

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the pink ribbons (and shirts, and stickers) are out in force. And the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC) is commemorating the month by highlighting innovative and important work the universities of the conference are doing year-round to fight this terrible disease. Read about some of that work below: University of Illinois Until now, the study of cancerous tumor cells is hindered by an important factor: environment. The most common tool for studying the growth and spread of a tumor has been a plastic plate that doesn’t mimic the human body. But recently, the

Four Big Ten teams ranked in latest AP & Coaches polls

The latest AP Poll and Amway Coaches Poll were released Sunday, and four Big Ten teams are ranked. [ MORE: Best of Week 8 | Week 8 scoreboard | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Latest polls | Week 8 picks revisited | What Tom Dienhart learned | Dienhart: Nebraska’s often-painful ride continues | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Defending national champion Ohio State stays at No. 1, for the 10th straight week, including the preseason poll, and is receiving a total of 88 first-place votes following its 49-7 victory at Rutgers. Big Ten East

Crispin to Crispin: Joe & Jon discuss impact of 30-second shot clock

It’s been reported and talked about it a lot since it became official. The shot clock in men’s college basketball is going from 35 seconds to 30 seconds this season. [ MORE: Follow Jon Crispin on Twitter (@BTNJonCrispin)! ] How will the five-second change impact the game, the players and the coaches? BTN analyst Jon Crispin and his brother Joe Crispin, both former Penn State basketball players, take a look at what the shortened shot clock will do to the game below. JOE CRISPIN In all my years as a professional, I never heard a single player say, “Man, I

And now our 2015 Big Ten Football midseason superlatives

Which Big Ten football team has been the most impressive through seven weeks of the college football season? That is one of several questions we ponder as we head past the midway point of the season. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN,.com web editor Sean Merriman hand out some superlatives heading into this week’s Big Ten action. Joined by several national college football writers, here’s where Dienhart and Merriman stand heading into Week 8 of the college football season. BEST GAME: Michigan State 27, Michigan 23. Were there more exciting games from start to finish? Yes, probably. But good luck finding

Dienhart: An in-season look at Big Ten's new medical spotter system

With the Big Ten Conference's Independent Medical Spotter system in it's first year, BTN Senior Writer Tom Dienhart checks in to see what the conference has learned about spotting injuries in football games. What is the exact process? Who are the spotters and what have they seen through 42 non-conference games and 20 conference home games so far? Read Dienhart's update here.

Big Ten writer poll: Pick a coach to coach one big game

Here’s a loaded question for you to ponder: If you had one game to win, which Big Ten coach would you choose to lead your team? I asked some esteemed and sage media members for their answer. Check it out. Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times, Bleacher Report, Rolling Stone: Easy. Urban Meyer. Mark Dantonio next, followed by Jim Harbaugh. But Meyer has the big-game chops those guys still don’t quite have. You’d better believe other coaches are cowed by him, too, whether or not they care to admit it to themselves. Tom Oates, Wisconsin State Journal: Mark Dantonio. The Spartans always