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Rank It: Is It Football Season Yet?

Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) celebrates after scoring a touchdown with center Travis Jackson (63) during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame at Michigan - Football Highlights

One of the best things about college football bowl games is the inter-sectional matchups we typically never get to see. Well, it’s only April but the Big Ten features some non-conference games that already have the look and feel of bowl games. So I compiled my top 15 non-conference football games coming our way next fall, the first in a series of occasional off-season “Rank It” posts.

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Football Report: MarQueis Gray Interview

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MarQueis Gray Talks Spring Football

Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray sat down with Dave Revsine on Tuesday night’s “Big Ten Football Report” to discuss former teammate Gary Tinsley’s passing (story), the Gophers’ running back position and his improvements as a passer, among other topics. Gray and the Gophers play their spring game at noon ET Saturday on BTN2Go. Find out how to watch the game. Gray, entering his second season as the starting QB, completed just 50.7 percent of his passes and threw as many touchdowns (8) as interceptions in 2011. Hear why the senior is excited about Minnesota’s 2012 offense now.

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Trevor Mbakwe delights on Twitter

What were you doing around 1 p.m. ET Monday? Chances are, you weren’t having as much fun as Minnesota basketball player Trevor Mbakwe. In the wake of announcing he will use his sixth year of eligibility and return to the Gophers for the 2012-13 season, Mbakwe went to Twitter (@TMbakwe 32), started a hashtag, #imgetting2old4college, and got to tweeting. The result: Hilarity. See the 23-year-old star’s entertaining series of self deprecating tweets in this post.

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7 B1G Teams on Lunardi's 2013 Bracketology

It’s April, the NCAA just crowned its latest men’s basketball champion (Kentucky), so that means it’s time for ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi to post his first installment of 2013 Bracketology. Lunardi has seven Big Ten teams dancing, as of right now, headlined by Indiana, the conference’s lone No. 1 seed. Michigan State and Michigan received No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively. See all of Lunardi’s Big Ten predictions in this post.

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Gophers attend Gary Tinsley's funeral in Florida

Members of the Minnesota football attended former teammate Gary Tinsley’s funeral Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. Tinsley, 22, was found dead at his campus apartment April 6. According to GopherSports.com, Tinsley was just weeks away from receiving his bachelor’s degree. At the funeral, Tinsley’s teammates and Tim Brewster, the coach who recruited him, posed for a picture where they used their hands to form Tinsley’s old number (51). See the photo in this post.

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Sunday's Big Ten Softball Roundup

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Ohio State at Purdue - Softball Highlights

A two-run home run by Erika Petruzzi in the fifth inning was all the offense Purdue needed to take a 2-1 win over the Ohio State in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, and in Game 2, the Boilermakers capitalized on five Buckeyes miscues to post the doubleheader sweep in an 8-3 win. Watch our highlights from Purdue’s sweep now, plus check out our interview with Lexi Moore and get our Sunday Big Ten roundup in this post.

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