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2:30 PMNorthwestern at Rutgers Watch
3:00 PMIowa at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan St. at Penn St.Watch
7:00 PMMinnesota at IndianaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan at Rutgers Watch
8:00 PMIndiana at NebraskaWatch
8:00 PMMaryland at NorthwesternWatch
8:00 PMPurdue at IowaWatch

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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

Kyle Carter

BTN.com's All-Legends Defensive 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 prior to 2011, we’re highlighting our top players from the period (2011-13). Up next: BTN.com’s All-Legends Defensive 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 Offense ] BTN.com’s All-Legends Defensive Team DL: Shilique Calhoun,

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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

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

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

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Best of Week 14: Got to love rivalry week!

The Big Ten has saved the best for last, as the Week 14 lineup features seven games that all are enticing for one reason or another. In fact, titles in both divisions may be on the line. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 14. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 14 Interesting factoid: While Ohio State has won 11 of the last 13 meetings vs. heated rival Michigan, the Wolverines have trashed perfect Buckeye seasons in 1993, 1995 and 1996. That could be something to keep your eye on. Game of

Big Ten teams celebrate Twitter allowing GIFs

Twitter users, rejoice! As of today, the site now allows users to tweet animated GIFs. You aren’t the only one excited about this. Several Big Ten basketball and football teams celebrated the news by tweeting GIFs of memorable 2013-14 moments. Check out our favorite examples in this post. [ MORE: @umichbball retweets Michigan fans’ favorite GIFs ] About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here.

Big Ten question stumps 'Jeopardy' contestants

“Jeopardy” has been around for more than 50 years now. However, it’s not every day that Alex Trebek runs off a Big Ten-related question. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday, when this question was asked: “Now that Rutgers and Maryland are joining the party, the Big Ten Football Conference has X football members?” The result? None of the contestants had the answer. Andrea, the show’s returning champion, took a stab at it, guessing 12, which of course would have been the correct answer before Maryland and Rutgers joined. Once the buzzer sounds, Trebek responds: “I know, it sounds weird.” The

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Best of Week 13: A couple big-time West battles

The penultimate Saturday brings us seven Big Ten games for the first time in 2014. The Big Ten West must be watched, as Minnesota plays at Nebraska and Wisconsin travels to Iowa in two division-defining games. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 13. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 13 Interesting factoid: Since carding back-to-back wins over Ohio State in 1987 and 1988, Indiana is 0-20-1 in the series, with the tie coming in 1990. So, yeah, it’s been a while since the Hoosiers were competitive against one of the Big