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Dienhart's Diary: Next best thing to being on the bus

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is trying something new this year on our annual football tour. At each of the 14 practices across Big Ten country, Dienhart will pen a quick diary post. From Indiana, the first stop, to Illinois, the 14th and final stop, our expert will provide plenty of fun behind-the-scenes updates. Get our latest football tour coverage: AUG. 18: NEBRASKA Bus tracker: Minneapolis to Lincoln – 430 miles (2,923) Lincoln, Neb., is one of my top stops. I love the passion of the community. In fact, I don’t think any Big Ten school can top the fevered mania

Ranking the top Big Ten running back duos

Our BTN tour bus stopped in Madison, Wis., Friday to take in Wisconsin camp. While watching practice, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart sent out the following tweet about Wisconsin’s talented running back duo. It doesn't get much better than Corey Clement and Melvin Gordon, the best RB duo in the #B1G. #Badgers pic.twitter.com/0OnS9pFFbP — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 15, 2014 This got me thinking about the best duos in the conference. Are Gordon and Clement indeed the top duo? Get all of our latest rankings posts: Here are my rankings. 1. Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement, Wisconsin: Dienhart got it

Video: B1G names accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

There’s nothing wrong with an ice cold shower in the summer, right? Forget that, no matter the temperature, freezing cold water is going to shock the body. But, when it’s for a great cause, it’s more than worth the discomfort. Like so many others across the nation, Big Ten personalities are accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Watch a sampling in this post. BTN host Dave Revsine BTN host Mike Hall BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo Illinois AD Mike Thomas and men’s basketball coach John Groce Indiana AD Fred Glass Indiana men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley Indiana softball team Indiana women’s

Big Ten football questions, in 140 characters or less

Big Ten football is set to kick off in exactly two weeks. As the season approaches, excitement is at a high, but there are still several questions surrounding every Big Ten team. How do we go about summing up all of these questions for 14 teams? Simple — We follow the rules of Twitter. Here is one pressing question I have for every Big Ten team, in 140 characters or less. [ MORE: One bold prediction for every Big Ten position ] Illinois: Is Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt the clear starter at quarterback, or will we see a QB

Football Tour: Dienhart's best from NU practice

KENOSHA, Wis. – It was a great day for practice, almost chilly. It was brief, as players worked in helmets and shoulder pads. It also was notable for who didn’t partake: WR Miles Shuler; DE Ifeadi Odenigbo; DE Sean McEvilly; OL Shane Merz; OL Ian Park; OT Jack Konopka; WR Tony Jones; RB Warren Long; S Traveon Henry; WR Cameron Dickerson were the most prominent. The Wildcats were snake-bitten last year by injuries en route to a 5-7 season. And they lost myriad close games, falling by three to Minnesota, seven to Iowa (in OT), three to Nebraska (on a

Twitter: Our experts' takes from Northwestern

Our annual summer football tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are at Northwestern practice Thursday. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post. Get our latest football tour coverage: Head coach @coachfitz51 says four true frosh would play if Game 1 was today. Find out which at 6p ET. @NUFBFamily pic.twitter.com/WbzGVt3Q23 — BTN Live (@BTNLive) August 14, 2014 DAVE REVSINE On our way to Northwestern camp – should be a very interesting day given Venric Mark's departure. Last 10 months have been tough for NU — Dave Revsine

NU camp preview: Who replaces Mark, Jones?

Northwestern was primed for a big 2013. It didn’t happen, as the Wildcats missed the postseason for the first time since 2007, ending a five-year run. Pat Fitzgerald’s crew welcomes back lots of veteran talent from a team that started 4-0 but finished 5-7, enduring a seven-game losing skid before ending the season with a victory over rival Illinois. The offense has nine starters back; the defense has eight. And motivation shouldn’t be an issue after the disappointing finish. Get our latest football tour coverage: Here are the questions I have as I head to Northwestern practice. 1. How will

Venric Mark to transfer from Northwestern

Senior running back Venric Mark has announced that he is leaving Northwestern University for personal reasons, with a desire to play football this season closer to family. [ MORE: AP: Mark transferring from Northwestern ] Mark, a Tomball, Texas, native, released the following statement: “Northwestern has been an indescribable experience for me,” said Mark, who missed most of last season with a broken ankle and was awarded another year of eligibility. “It has been my home for four years, and has molded me into the man I am. I’m one class shy of the Northwestern degree I’ve worked so hard

Northwestern WR suffers season-ending injury

Northwestern senior wide receiver Christian Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice and will miss the entire 2014 campaign, according to an early evening release from Northwestern Athletics. Jones led the Wildcats with 668 receiving yards and four touchdown catches in 2013. His 54 receptions ranked second on the team behind senior Tony Jones. In three seasons at Northwestern, Jones totaled 105 catches for 1,275 yards and six touchdowns. According to the release, Jones is eligible for a redshirt and will return to the Wildcats in 2015 for his final season.

One bold prediction for every B1G position

Are you ready for college football to start already? The Big Ten season officially kicks off in 15 days with a doubleheader of action as Minnesota takes on Eastern Illinois, while Rutgers will battle Washington State. We have seen plenty of preseason rankings thus far, so I wanted to take it one step further. How about some bold predictions? Here is one bold prediction for every position group heading into the 2014 Big Ten football season. [ MORE: Countdown to kickoff: East best uniform | West best uniform ] QB: Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld will pass for more than 3,000