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Dienhart: Plenty to like about talented Wildcats

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Northwestern Impressions - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

KENOSHA, Wis. – Much anticipation surrounds Northwestern. In fact, there was no school I was more looking forward to watching in camp than the Wildcats, who are coming off a 10-win season and the program’s first bowl victory since the 1948 season. Today, Camp Kenosha felt a little like mid-October during one of the more spirited stops on our tour.

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Twitter: Our guys' tweets from NU practice

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Trevor Siemian Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

The BTN Football Tour stopped in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, which allowed us the opportunity to visit Pat Fitzgerald and his talented Northwestern football team. Our guys live tweeted from the practice, and we posted some of the best tweets in this blog. Reminder: Watch the Northwestern Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Aug. 20 on BTN/BTN2Go.

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BTN Football Tour: Relive all of our 2013 coverage

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Blake Countess Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

It’s one of our favorite annual traditions. Every summer, after each practice on our 12-stop trek across Big Ten country, the player represented on our tour bus signs his likeness. It makes for a tremendous photo op – not to mention a really cool memento from our travels. See a photo of all the players signing their likeness and relive all of our tour coverage right here.

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B1G Player Rankings: No. 17, Kain Colter

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter (2) celebrates his touchdown with tight end Dan Vitale (40) against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Kain Colter and Venric Mark Interview - 2013 Fall Football Practice Tour

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We’re 17 days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day.

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No. 1 game of 2012: Michigan 38, NU 31 (OT)

November 10, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Roy Roundtree (21) makes a reception for fifty three yards to set up a game tying field goal against the Northwestern Wildcats in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Roundtree Receives A 53 Yard Pass

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And we’ve reached No. 1 on BTN’s top 10 games of the 2012 football season. The winner: Michigan’s 31-28 overtime victory over Northwestern. This was a wild game, one that featured five lead changes and three ties. Oh, and one of the more memorable plays of the season (Roy Roundtree’s catch above). Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. Until then, relive the back-and-forth game in this post.

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Phil Steele releases 2013 Initial Power Ratings

The highly respected Phil Steele released his 2013 Initial Power Ratings on Friday, and the list is certain to get the attention of Big Ten fans. For starters, Big Ten preseason favorite Ohio State lands at No. 4, behind reigning national champ Alabama, Oregon and Texas A&M. Ohio State fans won’t like that. Nebraska? The reigning Legends Division champ comes in at No. 27, and is the fifth (!) Big Ten team.

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