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BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Nebraska

On the far western edge of Big Ten country, the Great Plains give way to the rolling prairie of the American West. It’s a land that countless pioneers crossed more than a century ago on journeys filled with challenges and opportunities. While you won’t find long lines of covered wagons in Nebraska these days, the pioneers are still around. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is home to a number of brilliant people doing trailblazing work in fields as diverse as e-commerce and lasers. Here’s a look at some of the top LiveBIG stories from the Huskers: The heart of a Husker

Take a look at each Big Ten hoops team's 2016-17 conference slate

Earlier this week, the Big Ten released the 2016-17 men’s basketball league schedule. And, as usual, some teams have more challenging draws than others. And that could impact the league race. Most early forecasts have Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top. After that, Purdue and Michigan look primed to make a push. And Maryland, Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Northwestern and Ohio State could make moves. Still, the Hoosiers, Spartans and Badgers are the teams to beat … at least in late June. Indiana, the defending Big Ten champ, lost Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams, but Thomas Bryant, James

Dienhart: Big Ten West offensive line unit rankings

I continue my look at Big Ten units with a ranking of the offensive lines in the Big Ten West. Once again, Iowa looks to have a stout front. But keep an eye on Wisconsin, whose front looks to be back up to its usual stellar form.

Happy Father's Day! Now, let's honor all of those Big Ten dads

It's Father's Day, and that means it's time to honor all of the dads in our lives. The editors of The Journey, our award-winning series, dug through their archives to compile a father-child montage.

BTN LiveBIG: Husker athletes export service and spirit to global community

Student-athletes can usually look forward to a break from school and sports during the summer months. And while a handful of Huskers recently got a breather from lectures and practices, the work they performed instead was at least as challenging — and rewarding. About 20 student-athletes traveled to the small village of Las Pajas in the Dominican Republic for a few weeks out of last month to take part in the NoFilter program. Operated by Stacey Burling and Jordan Wilson, both Life Skills coordinators at the University of Nebraska’s Athletics Department, NoFilter started last year with a service trip to

Mailbag: Jim Harbaugh, MSU's 'chip on the shoulder' & more

Is Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh getting too much attention? Who will win the Big Ten East? And what’s up with that perceived chip on the shoulder at Michigan State? I get into all of that—and more–in this super terrific mailbag. Why do you continue to be a publicist for Jim Harbaugh? Is he paying you to keep his name alive in your columns? The last time I looked, there were 13 other coaches in this league. Do they do nothing? – David Walimaki OK. I have received several emails along these lines. Seems some in Big Ten Nation are suffering from

Best of Week 13: Michigan at Ohio State highlights rivalry week

It’s the final week of the season. And, even better, it’s rivalry week! Division titles may be on the line, in addition to cool trophies. Front and center on this Saturday: “The Game,” between Ohio State and Michigan. Could the Big Ten East crown be on the line? The Buckeyes have dominated this series of late, going 12-2 since 2001 and winning the last four meetings with a 42-13 triumph last season. The last time Michigan won in Columbus? In 2000, when the Wolverines took a 38-26 decision. This is the best of Week 13. Best game: The Buckeyes need

Best of Week 12: All eyes on Michigan State vs. Ohio State

This is the penultimate week of the Big Ten schedule. And the action figures to be at a peak, as all 14 schools will be in action headlined by Ohio State’s visit to Michigan State in what could be a de facto Big Ten East championship game.