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3:00 PMLSU at IndianaWatch
4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
7:00 PMGeorgetown at Rutgers Watch
7:00 PMIowa St. at NebraskaWatch
7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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Big Ten football players offer freshmen to watch this season

Late last week, I asked seven Big Ten players to give me a true freshman who has stood out to them thus far, and who could potentially make an impact in the upcoming 2015 season. Here is part two of the piece, featuring the picks for Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers. Jehu Chesson, Michigan: Alex Malzone, QB. He’s a cool kid. When he first came on campus, he already possessed a lot of things I personally look for in a freshman, especially when it’s a guy who’s going to be throwing me the ball. I look

Big Ten Mailbag: Most important Minnesota unit vs. TCU?

Digging around my email on a hot summer night, enjoying some of the correspondence from devoted visitors to BTN.com. I have gotten a lot of negative responses for a recent story I penned about Connor Cook being the best player in the Big Ten. Cook isn’t even the best player on his own team. Other than your obvious disdain for Ohio State, how can you be thinking this? – Nathan Point taken. The Big Ten has several good candidates for “best player.” Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, any Buckeye quarterback, OSU defensive end Joey Bosa. Maybe Wisconsin running back Corey

Reserve your 2015 Big Ten Football Championship ticket with TeamTix

Big Ten TeamTix is back, and if you’re a Big Ten football fan, you must check it out. Team Tix is a way to reserve a ticket for the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis for as little as $10 today. If your team makes it, you are obligated to purchase each face-value priced ticket associated with each of your reservations. But if your team doesn’t make it, you only forfeit your reservation fee. Tickets can be reserved right here right now using the ticket reservation system launched by the Big Ten in partnership with Forward Market Media (FMM) and BTN. Powered

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Big Ten's Jim Delany eyes true balance between athletics & academics

When BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart asked Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for the biggest challenge ahead, Delany pointed to the "sweet spot" for student-athlete that balances the educational experience and the rich athletic experience. But that's just one of several challenges, including the new game scheduling outlines.

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Watch Minnesota coach Jerry Kill's Big Ten Media Day press conference

Here’s Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill’s full media conference from Big Ten Football Media Days. Also today on BTN/BTN2Go: Watch our four-hour “BTN Live” at 3 p.m. ET for more Big Ten football interviews and analysis. On Saturday, BTN will air a Kickoff Luncheon Special at 7 p.m. ET, hosted by Dave Revsine. Coaches will join BTN’s lead studio host to discuss the upcoming season. Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld and Ohio State’s Joshua Perry will speak on behalf of the players in attendance. BTN is the sports fan’s home for championship football in 2015, as Ohio State begins its title defense on

Big Ten football stars show their faces in BTN's Twitter Mirror

If you’re active on Twitter, you know about Twitter’s Mirror. It’s a fun experience that shows up at big events across the entertainment and sports industry. Photo subjects can even autograph their own pictures before they tweet them. We rolled the Twitter Mirror out on the first day of Big Ten Football Media Days, and we got some great shots. Find some of them them in this post and then follow @BigTenNetwork and see them all on Twitter today for more pictures of Big Ten football players and coaches. Have a look at a few of Thursday’s top shots.