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Four B1G teams land on ESPN's top 25 Power Rankings

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BTN Live: Around the B1G (Aug. 11, 2014)

With the College Football Playoff era upon us, ESPN.com decided to assemble a 13-member committee to create its preseason Top 25 Power Rankings. Four Big Ten teams made the list, headlined by Ohio State (No. 6) and Michigan State (No. 7), last year’s Big Ten title game participants. Wisconsin came in at No. 17, and Nebraska No. 22.

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Video: Indiana, Nebraska accept Ice Bucket Challenge

IUHoosiers.com

There’s nothing better than an ice cold shower in the summer, right? Forget that, no matter the temperature, freezing cold water is going to shock the body. Indiana’s Fred Glass and members of Nebraska’s men’s basketball staff know this all too well after accepting the Ice Bucket Challenges. Watch Glass and Tim Miles get doused with cold water in this post.

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Video: B1G featured in College Football Playoff ad

The College Football Playoff has released a video promoting the inaugural year of the new system, and the Big Ten is all over the feature. Especially the beginning, as the commercial opens with a pair of Ohio State scenes, followed by Iowa. Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin, through J.J. Watt, also have cameos. Watch the full video in this post.

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Seven Big Ten teams ranked in AVCA preseason poll

ESPN

If you needed any reminder of the Big Ten’s volleyball prowess, consult the AVCA preseason poll. Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 16 of the poll, released Monday afternoon, headlined by No. 1 Penn State, the reigning national champion. National runner-up Wisconsin comes in at No. 6. See where all the Big Ten teams land in this post.

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Video: Alex Gordon leads 'Go Big Red' chant

MLB.com

Former Nebraska baseball star Alex Gordon smacked a home run Saturday on Nebraska Night at Kaufman Stadium, and to celebrate he led the red-clad Royals fans in a “Go Big Red” chant during his postgame on-field interview.

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What the O'Bannon ruling means for college sports

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Commissioner Delany Talks Power 5 Autonomy

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The NCAA’s model for amateurism took another hit with Friday’s ruling that the NCAA violated anti-trust law in the Ed O’Bannon suit. This, ladies and gentlemen, is maybe the most important ruling in the history of the NCAA. But things may not be as bad you think for the NCAA.

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