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Video: B1G featured in College Football Playoff ad

The College Football Playoff has released a video promoting the inaugural year of the new system, and the Big Ten is all over the feature. Especially the beginning, as the commercial opens with a pair of Ohio State scenes, followed by Iowa. Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin, through J.J. Watt, also have cameos. Watch the full video in this post. Get our latest Gone Viral moments: VIDEO: So much @B1Gfootball represented in new @CFBPlayoff ad. WATCH http://t.co/rTlJ86bxAD pic.twitter.com/Ma0M9EV1xm — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) August 11, 2014 There’s also this Minnesota cameo:  

Countdown to kickoff: West top newcomer?

Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: West top newcomer? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. See our other 2014 predictions: Tom Dienhart: Berkley Edwards, RB, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers need an explosive element in their offense. Edwards may be the answer to Goldy’s prayers. The younger brother of ex-Michigan star WR Braylon Edwards, Berkley redshirted last season. Sean Merriman: Wes Lunt, QB, Illinois. How often do you hear

What the O'Bannon ruling means for college sports

The NCAA’s model for amateurism took another hit with Friday’s ruling that the NCAA violated anti-trust law in the Ed O’Bannon suit. This, ladies and gentlemen, is maybe the most important ruling in the history of the NCAA. But things may not be as bad you think for the NCAA. In essence, this ruling says the NCAA no longer can prevent schools from giving student-athletes money based on their names, images and likenesses (NIL). It also isn’t allowed to impose a salary cap below $5,000. That money can be put in a trust. The NCAA scored a win, however, in

Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon lawsuit

(AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA can’t stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. In a landmark decision, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA’s regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. She issued an injunction prohibiting the NCAA from enforcing its rules on money given to athletes when it comes to their names, images and likenesses.

Autonomy for 'Power 5' is here, so what's next?

We saw this coming. It was no shock that the NCAA passed legislation that grants autonomy to the “Power Five” conferences. In fact, it probably had to happen for the current collegiate model not to be comprised. In essence, the richest and most powerful 65 schools from the nation’s top leagues—Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, ACC, Pac-12–now will have power to enact rules that are pertinent to the high level they function at, giving athletic directors and student-athletes a larger role in the legislative process. The new structure likely will go into effect in 2015. [ MORE: NCAA.org: Board adopts

Top 10 offensive players B1G teams will face in 2014

If you take a look up and down the Big Ten, you will find a number of high-profile offensive stars. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah are both preseason All-American candidates at running back, and Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff is being talked about as the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. While it is clear the Big Ten is stacked on offense, so, too, are many of its non-conference opponents. Some of college football’s elite playmakers fill the non-conference slate with names

Photo: TCF Bank Stadium end zone ready for Vikings

Minnesota will share TCF Bank Stadium with the Minnesota Vikings for the 2014 and 2015 seasons while the latter’s new stadium is being built. Two days before the Vikings’ first preseason game Friday vs. Oakland, the field is ready for the state’s NFL team. See pictures of a Vikings-clad TCF Bank Stadium in this post. Check out our other Gone Viral posts: #vikings purple in TCF Bank stadium end zone pic.twitter.com/lIJGX1m4Pd — RandBall (@RandBall) August 6, 2014 #vikings logo at midfield at TCF bank stadium, and in end zones. First game Friday. #gophers pic.twitter.com/3VFMbzPVtR — RandBall (@RandBall) August 6, 2014

Mailbag: Travel allowances, B1G on upswing & more

Here is how it works, America: You have questions … you email them to me … I answer them. Well, I answer the good ones! Here’s another batch from you. Thanks for reading. And keep writing and pressing the “send” button. Oh, and don’t forget to bookmark my diary for updates from every stop on the BTN football tour. Get Tom’s latest football tour coverage: Urban Meyer and Mark Dantonio brought this up, but do you think leagues or perhaps the NCAA are at least thinking about supplementing or helping families travel to league championship games and/or bowls? With the

Top 10 2014 Big Ten nonconference foes

This year’s non-conference schedule for Big Ten teams is one of the best in recent memory. College football royalty fills the must-see slate with teams such as Oregon, LSU, Miami (FL) and Notre Dame scheduled to take on the Big Ten’s best. Here is a countdown of the top 10 non-conference teams on Big Ten schedules this season. 10. Cincinnati (at Ohio State, Sept. 27) Coaches Poll ranking: Unranked (honorable mention) 2013 record: 9-4 (6-2) Returning starters: 16 Breakdown: There are big expectations surrounding this Cincinnati program in Tommy Tubberville’s second year at the helm. The Bearcats return an abundance

Steve Spurrier makes jab at Big Ten's depth

From the can’t-the-season-just-start-already file, Steve Spurrier made headlines Sunday by making a jab at the Big Ten. Spurrier, in reference to Nick Saban’s idea for the “Power Five” conferences to only play one another, knocked the Big Ten’s depth. See the quote in this post. Check out our other Gone Viral posts: Spurrier on scheduling, "playing East Carolina is probably tougher than playing one of those bottom tier Big Ten Teams," — William Gunter (@WillGunter560) August 3, 2014 Really, I’m not so sure this is so much a knock on the Big Ten as it is a compliment to East