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Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. Find out what your coach has to say prior to Week 1.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Michigan State tops our expert's first poll

The Big Ten season kicks off Thursday. Before the action starts, make sure to check out BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart's preseason power rankings. His top team? Michigan State, the reigning Big Ten champ, of course. See where every team lands here.

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Week 1: We predict all 14 Big Ten football games

Football season is here! Like we'll do all season long, we're predicting every Big Ten game and providing polls for Big Ten fans to pick their winners. This week, Illinois beat writer Bob Asmussen joins the panel.

Big Ten freshmen pose for Class of 2018 photos

Big Ten football kicks off Thursday night. Before then, classes will start at several schools across the Big Ten. That means it’s time for the annual freshman class photo shoot at the football field. Check out several really great Class of 2018 photos in this post. Have one from another Big Ten school? Tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina). #ILLINOISwelcome, Class of 2018! #ISS2014 pic.twitter.com/nN1ByZhMqg — Univ. of Illinois (@Illinois_Alma) August 24, 2014 Boom! Welcome Class of 2018! #OnIowa14 pic.twitter.com/1ARinzDzMI — University of Iowa (@uiowa) August 23, 2014 An aerial view of our newest Huskers creating the "N" at Memorial Stadium.

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Countdown to kickoff: West bowl teams?

Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: West bowl teams? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. See our other 2014 countdown to kickoff posts: Tom Dienhart: 5. I have Iowa, my preseason West favorite, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin all bowling. Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin are easy picks. Minnesota is not, due to its tough schedule, and neither is Northwestern, which recently lost Venric Mark (transfer) and Christian Jones