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Big Ten announces additional football games televised in primetime

Big Ten schools on Thursday announced football games to be televised in primetime by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 during the 2015 season. Minnesota and Ohio State lead the way with three night games on those networks, while Michigan State boasts a pair of primetime matchups. Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers will each take part in one night contest on those networks. The Big Ten non-conference home schedule will feature two primetime games on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. Minnesota hosts TCU to kick off the season at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN on Thursday, Sept. 3, and Michigan State faces

Jerry Kill Q&A: 'We got fundamentally better in a lot of areas'

With each passing year, Jerry Kill keeps taking Minnesota to new levels. It has been quite amazing, really. From a 3-9 debut in 2011 to a trip to the program’s first New Year’s Day bowl since the 1961 season, it has been a fun ride in Dinkytown. And Kill looks to keep pushing the Golden Gophers up the hill in the Big Ten coming off an 8-5 mark (5-3 Big Ten). Don’t bet against him or his astute staff. Minnesota finished second in the Big Ten West last season before losing to SEC East champ Missouri in the Citrus Bowl.

Audio: Listen to your team's spring football teleconference

This week, the 14 Big Ten football coaches and a player from each team are fielding questions from reporters around the country. On Wednesday, reporters spoke with West Division coaches and players.  Check back on Thursday to hear from players and coaches from the East Division.   Illinois: Tim Beckman and Wes Lunt Indiana: Kevin Wilson and Jason Spriggs Iowa: Kirk Ferentz and Drew Ott Maryland: Randy Edsall and Andrew Zeller Michigan: Jim Harbaugh and Joe Bolden Michigan State: Mark Dantonio and Shilique Calhoun Minnesota: Jerry Kill and Briean Boddy-Calhoun Nebraska: Mike Riley and Jordan Westerkamp Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald and

Dienhart: Some things learned--and not learned--from Saturday

There were four spring games on Saturday, with Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska and Northwestern finishing drills. It’s one last time to kick the tires on each team before a long offseason. Here are some things I learned—or didn’t learn–from each program, upon further review. Maryland has some work to do in the trenches on both sides of the ball. The good news: The Terps may have found a stud in Kingsley Opara. That’s good, because DT Darius Kilgo has to be replaced. DE Jesse Aniebonam also looks to have a bright future. Former five-star OT Damian Prince may be a star

Video: Watch highlights from Minnesota's spring game

Minnesota took the field on Saturday for the team’s annual spring football game at TCF Bank Stadium. [ MORE: Get links to watch Big Ten spring football games on BTN2Go ] BTN aired the game live on BTN/BTN2Go. Watch the replay on BTN2Go! There were several impressive highlights in the game, and we have them all for you right here! Running back Rodrick Williams Jr. had the first big play of the day, breaking tackle after tackled on his way to a 12-yard touchdown run up the middle. Williams Jr. is expected to compete for the starting running back role,

Five Big Ten players in first round of Mel Kiper Jr.'s NFL Mock Draft 4.0

The NFL Draft is just three weeks away, which means experts are putting the final touches on their 2015 mock drafts. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. recently released his 4.0 mock draft, which features five Big Ten players in the first round. The first Big Ten star Kiper Jr. projects to be off the board is Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, who he has going No. 6 overall to the New York Jets. “The new threats in the passing game are nice, but given the QB options on the roster, this team needs to be able to run

Dienhart: Check out Minnesota's 10-year NFL draft snapshot

Minnesota hasn’t been a hot-bed for producing NFL talent the last 10 years with just 11 draft choices in that span. In fact, the Golden Gophers did not have any players drafted four times in the last 10 years—2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009. And check this out: The last time Minnesota had a quarterback drafted was 1972, when Craig Curry went in the eighth round. Minnesota could have a few picks in this year’s draft, with TE Maxx Williams and RB David Cobb leading the way. Williams may be a first-round pick, as he is considered by most to be