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NFL.com puts 4 B1G stars on Heisman candidates list

NFL.com continues to churn out its 14 for ’14 lists, and it was the nation’s top 14 Heisman Trophy candidates turn Monday. Braxton Miller led a quartet of Big Ten representatives, at No. 3, behind reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. See NFL.com’s Big Ten Heisman contenders list in this post. [ MORE: NFL.com: Top Heisman Trophy candidates for 2014 ] No. 3 Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State “Miller performed at a high level in the second half of the season, showing he completely had adapted to the version of the spread offense favored by coach Urban

Athlon Sports preseason 2014 All-Big Ten teams

Can you smell it in the air Big Ten fans? The 2014 college football season is just around the corner. Our friends over at Athlon Sports recently released their 2014 Big Ten Football All-Conference teams. Big-time names such as Braxton Miller, Melvin Gordon and Shilique Calhoun highlight the list, which consists of first, second, third and fourth All-Big Ten teams, as well as a team-by-team breakdown of players selected. Without further ado, here is a look at the teams and some instant thoughts on the picks. [ MORE: Dienhart: Your team’s 2014 must-win game ] First-Team Offense QB Braxton Miller,

Best of Week 10: Calendar flips to November

The calendar now says “November.” And, as coaches are known to say: “November is when they play the games to remember.” But this Saturday lacks any apparent marquee games, although that could change depending on how things unfold. Looking at you, Northwestern at Iowa. Here’s a look at the best of Week 10. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 10 Best storyline: Purdue will be making its first trip to Lincoln, Nebraska—and one of Bo Perini’s best teams will be waiting. The Cornhuskers smashed Purdue last season in West Lafayette, taking a 44-7

BTN to air 'Journey' marathon Friday

CHICAGO – BTN is dedicating the entire day of programing Friday to The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013 by replaying all 12 episodes. Memorable segments include Michigan State defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun’s path to East Lansing, the family backgrounds of former Iowa linebacker James Morris and former Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, and the Spartans’ locker room celebration after winning the Big Ten title game. On Sunday, for the first time in network history, BTN is doing “Heisman Day” as a way of showcasing some of the Big Ten’s all-time greats. Fans can enjoy Father’s Day with a mix of

Best of Week 9: It's Michigan at Michigan State

Two interesting clashes make this Saturday appealing, as Michigan plays at Michigan State and Ohio State goes to Penn State in a light week of action. Despite the presence of just five games, the heft of those aforementioned contests makes this a good week, as the Big Ten East race will start to take form. Here’s my best of Week 9. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 9 Best storyline: The Michigan at Michigan State game will be juicy. No doubt, the Wolverines will be looking for payback after getting throttled by Michigan

Best of Week 8: Huskers + Wildcats = fun

Another light Saturday, as there are just five games with four teams enjoying byes. But the weekend isn’t without a big game, as the Nebraska at Northwestern tilt could be another doozy in what has been an exciting series that has seen the Cornhuskers go 2-1 vs. the Wildcats since joining the Big Ten. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 8. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 8 Best storyline: It’s got to be Nebraska’s trip to Northwestern. This figures to be a key Big Ten West game, and the loser

Enter BTN's NY & NJ Big Ten Fans 'Selfie’ Contest

Tuesday, Big Ten Network starts a three-week search for Big Ten superfans from the New York tri-state area for the most creative and inspired “selfies” taken in front of iconic New York and New Jersey locations. The lucky winners will receive prize packages, including a trip to the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game or the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. The BTN selfie campaign celebrates the hundreds of thousands of Big Ten fans in the area who will welcome Rutgers and the University of Maryland into the Big Ten Conference on July 1. BTN will select winners by

Dienhart: Your team's 2014 must-win game

We continue our football schedule preview series to help pass some of the time before the 2014 season kicks off. Today, it’s time for Tom Dienhart to offer his super-early must-win game for all 14 Big Ten teams. This is the game your team needs to improve bowl eligibility, keep it in the divisional race or win the division. [ MORE: View all of Tom Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] ILLINOIS If this is a bowl team, Illinois must beat visiting Minnesota on Oct. 25. As a matter of fact, a loss here may kill the program’s bowl hopes. Yes,

Best of Week 6: Huskers at Spartans time

The first Saturday in October is a light one, as there are just six games. Five are conference games. But there is just one truly marquee game, with Nebraska playing at Michigan State. Could that be a preview of the Big Ten title game? Here’s a breakdown of Week 6. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ]  BEST OF WEEK 6 Best storyline: All eyes will be on East Lansing for a monster tilt between Nebraska and Michigan State. The Cornhuskers figure to be an underdog when they come to Spartan Stadium. But Nebraska could leave with

Steele puts 21 B1G stars on Preseason All-America Team

Earlier this week, Phil Steele released his 2014 Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Friday, it was time for his 2014 Preseason All-America Team. Twenty-one Big Ten players made the prestigious list, including three first-teamers: Ohio State DL Michael Bennett, Michigan State DL Shilique Calhoun and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon. See all the honorees in this post. [ MORE: View Phil Steele’s full 2014 Preseason All-America Team ] OFFENSE First Team RB: Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Second Team RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska OT: Brandon Scherff, Iowa Third Team QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland WR: Devin Funchess, Michigan Fourth Team