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One prediction for every Big Ten position group entering 2015 season

The countdown clock to the start of Big Ten football has reached eight days. As the opening week of games approaches, there are still plenty of questions surrounding Big Ten teams entering the 2015 season. Who will be the starting quarterback at Ohio State? How will Jim Harbaugh do in his first season? And who will take the wide open West Division? We’ve made predictions for many queries in our preseason Big Ten coverage, but let’s go ahead make some positional predictions. Here is one prediction for every position group heading into the season. QB: J.T. Barrett will win the

Countdown to kickoff: Big Ten West top newcomer

Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it's all about Big Ten West top newcomers. Check out our panel's picks for first-year players who could make an immediate impact inside.

BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska 'steps right up' to meet minority health challenges

For people who don’t live there, “diversity” might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of Nebraska. But the Cornhusker State’s population is changing so rapidly that its flagship university has started a movement to tackle minority health concerns. University of Nebraska sociology professor Kirk Dombrowski is at the center of that movement. As the head of the school’s Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI), he isn’t afraid to immerse himself in the communities he’s serving — or, on occasion, in a dunk tank. Dombrowski found himself in that unique situation because he was taking part

Countdown to kickoff: Big Ten West most exciting player

Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about Big Ten West most exciting players. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team | East breakout player | West breakout player | East most exciting player ] This is a fun category, to be sure, because the Big Ten is blessed with a bevy of players who can drop jaws and be regulars on the highlight reels. Who is your leading

Big Ten paces FWAA 75th anniversary All-America Team

The Football Writers Association of America released its 75th Anniversary All-America Team on Thursday, and Big Ten fans will enjoy the results. The Big Ten placed a leading 19 players on the list, four more than ACC, however eight of the conference’s representatives played before their schools (Nebraska, 6; Maryland, 1; Penn State, 1) entered the Big Ten. On the topic of the Cornhuskers, no program had more than their six representatives, four of which garnered first-team honors, also tops on the FWAA list. The team with the second-most players? That would be Ohio State, with five. Michigan (3), Illinois

Big Ten Mailbag: Michigan outlook, De'Mornay Pierson-El & more

You have questions, and I have answers in my mailbag. I type this from the BTN bus as we chug toward State College, Pennsylvania, to watch Penn State practice. We have seen lots of interesting things that have stirred Big Ten Nation. Thanks for the cards and letters!! How much of a loss is WR De’Mornay Pierson-El for Nebraska? – Matt P. It is a huge loss for the Cornhuskers. Pierson-El, who is out six to eight weeks with a foot issue, was one of the Big Ten’s most electrifying players, a true go-the-distance guy who can score each time

Nebraska's De'Mornay Pierson-El out 6-8 weeks with foot injury

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley announced on Wednesday that Huskers wide receiver and return specialist De’Mornay Pierson-El will be out six to eight weeks after suffering a foot injury in Tuesday’s practice. Nebraska Athletics released the news via email on Wednesday afternoon. The release also confirms that Huskers freshman receiver Lavan Alston will be out for the season after suffering a knee injury during Tuesday’s practice. Pierson-El ranked second nationally in punt-return average last season (17.5 yards per return), and he tied for the national lead with three returns for touchdowns. On offense, Pierson-El caught 23 passes for 321 yards