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Video: Minnesota special teams shine against UNLV

NCAA Football: UNLV at Minnesota

Marcus Jones 98-Yard Kickoff Return for TD vs. UNLV

After getting off to a slow start, Minnesota is now cruising after back-to-back special teams touchdowns. The Gophers came out on fire after halftime as Marcus Jones took the opening kickoff 98 yards for a score to give make it 23-13. The fireworks continued shortly after that as Ra’Shede Hageman blocked a UNLV field-goal attempt and Martez Shabazz returned it for a 51-yard touchdown. Watch Jones and Shabazz electrify this Minnesota crowd.

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Video: You have to see these new BTN commercials

Five years ago, there was our memorable recruiting ad. You know, the one with Big Ten coaches on the couch trying to convince you to play for them. This year, we have an equally great set of spots to promote our Saturday football coverage, from pregame to postgame. The ads once again feature the coaches, only this time in more of a coaching role. See all three ads in this post.

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BTN.com's last-minute 2013 predictions

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Legends Division Preview - Predicting the Champion

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Before football kicks off tonight, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina have some last-minute Big Ten predictions. Who will win the Big Ten? What about Defensive Player of the Year? And what about a sleeper team and sleeper player? Our trio offers all of their predictions in this post.

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#BTNLive asks: Who wins more games in 2013?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On Thursday’s show leading up to the season openers for Indiana and Minnesota,  our experts discuss this question: Which team will finish the season with more wins: #BTNGophers or #BTNHoosiers?

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Best of Week 1: Stay up late to catch NU at Cal

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald coaches against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Tyler Scott Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

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Every season teems with promise. But this one glimmers a bit more brightly for the Big Ten, as No. 2 Ohio State looks primed to make a run at the BCS national championship. And several other schools dot the preseason polls, like Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Northwestern.

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Gophers' Wally Ellenson wins gold in high jump

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Wally Ellenson entered Minnesota last year as a noted leaper. We saw a few glimpses of the 6-foot-4 guard’s athleticism on the hardwood during his freshman season. Here’s one example. And another. Nothing, however, compares to his latest leap. On Sunday, Ellenson won gold in the high jump (2.15 meters; or just over seven feet) at the Junior Pan Am Games in Medellin, Colombia.

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It's here: Welcome to the 2013 Big Ten football season!

Week 1 Collage

Legends Division Preview - Fall Camp Impressions

And just like that, Big Ten football is here. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) open up the 2013 season at 7 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go. Before then, there’s so much to catch up on. Like, Tom Dienhart’s preseason power poll and Week 1 previews. Or, our Week 1 picks and countdown of the top 25 players. And, finally, all the 2013 helmet and uniform changes.

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