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6:00 PMWisconsin at IndianaWatch
6:30 PMWisconsin at MinnesotaWatch
7:00 PMMichigan St. at Rutgers Watch
8:00 PMIowa at NorthwesternWatch
8:00 PMMichigan at Penn St.Watch
8:00 PMRutgers at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMUniversity of Victoria at WisconsinWatch

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Daily Links: Nebraska's Pelini gets raise

A look at the #B1G football headlines on a wonderful Wednesday in the heart of America, including a Nebraska coach getting a raise, a Wisconsin linebacker getting a haircut, and a quarterback battle at Penn State getting ready to heat up. Husker raise: Bo Pelini’s contract has been bumped back to five years, and his salary has been increased from $2.775 million to $2.875 million—per terms of the revised agreement signed a year ago–reports Rich Kaipust of the Omaha World-Herald. Pelini’s deal runs through 2016. This, of course, will help Pelini in recruiting and offer this building program the stability

Iowa's Riley Reiff

Dienhart: NFL Experts on Big Ten Talents

If NFL teams are looking for linemen, they may look to the Big Ten often when the draft kicks off with the first round at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. The Big Ten’s top prospects with the best chance to hear their names called on Thursday are linemen: Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff; Wisconsin center Peter Konz; Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler; Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy; Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus. “It’s a good collection of players,” said NFL Network analyst Charles Davis. In fact, most analyst feel Reiff—who is coming out early–will be the first Big Ten player pick,

J.J. Watt All-time Big Ten NFL Draft Picks

The 2012 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night and runs through Saturday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall in New York. To get our readers excited for the three-day marathon of analysis and predictions, we’re taking you on a trip down memory lane. With the help of, we’ve linked to the site’s school-specific all-time draft results. Wondering which Illinois players have been selected since the draft’s inception? Find the answer for every Big Ten school in this post. Also, watch our Russ Lunde talk about the NFL draft now. See your team’s all-time NFL draft selections by clicking on

Closer Look At Big Ten Prime Time Games

The news came down today: The Big Ten features 14 home football prime time games that will appear on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or BTN during the 2012 season.Wisconsin at Nebraska, Penn State at Iowa, and Michigan at Nebraska highlight the conference night schedule. Earlier this spring’s Tom Dienhart ranked his top 15 Big Ten games for next fall as well as his Top 15 non-conference games. Now read in this post Dienhart’s take on each of the prime time games once Big Ten Conference play begins Sept. 29. Sept. 29 : Wisconsin at Nebraska – 8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Rank it: Top B1G non-con schedules

Not all non-conference schedules are created equal, as you can see from my rankings, from 1-12, of the Big Ten non-league menus. Some are high calorie. Some are low-calorie. So, who has the toughest slate? And the easiest? Find out in this post. You can find all of my Big Ten football coverage here. Oh, and if you like rankings like this, you’ll want to check out this archive, where I’m ranking 2012 games, players and schedules. Some notes: FCS teams playing Big Ten teams: 10 (counting UMass, which is transitioning from FCS to FBS) Fewest FCS teams played: Michigan

Michigan's Denard Robinson

Rank it: Top 15 Big Ten games of 2012

Last year brought us some epic Big Ten games. We soon won’t forget Michigan State over Wisconsin; Ohio State beating the Badgers; Nebraska rallying over Ohio State. What classics are waiting to be hatched in 2012, you ask? Good question. Get out your red Sharpie and circle these games that land on my Top 15 Big Ten clashes of 2012. Earlier, I ranked the top 15 nonconference games. Did I miss one? Tell me which Big Ten games have you fired up the most. I’m on Twitter and Facebook, too. 2012 schedules: Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Michigan |

Coach DiNardo's Spring Tour Impressions

BTN lead football analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith recently completed their spring trek across Big Ten country, and now it’s time for the impressions from the trip. Lucky for us, DiNardo is a dedicated tweeter. See some of Coach’s thoughts from his travels in this post. Spring Football Tour over. No dominant team in B1G after spring ball. #Spartans best team after spring from top to bottom. — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) April 19, 2012 Spring Practice Tour over After spring Legends better division maybe much better — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) April 19, 2012 Spring Practice Tour done. Legends 3

Luke Fickell & Brady Hoke

Dienhart: "The Game" in the spring, too?

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is a genius–at least when it comes to spicing up spring football games. Let’s face it: These spring “games” often are little more than glorified scrimmages to appease and tease fans. The interest? Minimal—aside from the true cognoscenti. Many coaches don’t like them, preferring to run a scrimmage or just conduct another practice for fear of injury. Lack of depth is another reason many coaches don’t like intrasquad scrimmages, as it often makes it difficult to split teams into even squads. So, how can we spice these spring games up? Well, Swinney proposes to have the NCAA

Ready, set, click Thursday's top B1G web links

What’s being said about Big Ten football on this glorious Thursday? Here are the top stories. Enjoy. GET HIM ON THE FIELD: Has Wisconsin switched speedy running back James White to receiver? It looked that way at a recent practice, writes Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal. But White insists otherwise. “I’m still a running back,” said White. “(Receiver) is just a second thing. It’s a backup thing.” Yes, but it’s all a part of the coaches’ hopes of getting White and stud running back Montee Ball on the field together. Why not? They are both spectacular playmakers who

Daily Links: New Names Making Their Marks

Penn State’s defense has some big holes to fill on the defensive line but Iowa’s defensive line is young and inexperienced, too. Could Minnesota true freshman quarterback Philip Nelson unseat MarQueis Gray? And how will the production of departed Nick Toon be replaced at Wisconsin? Here’s my daily spin around the football headlines in the Big Ten. By the way, I do this each weekday. Line moves: Penn State’s defense has some big holes to fill on the line with two ends and star tackle Devon Still gone and in a secondary that lost all of its starters. At least