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Dienhart: Plenty to like about talented Wildcats

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. [ PROGRAM ALERT: Watch the Northwestern Preview Show at 8 ET Aug. 20 on BTN/BTN2Go ] Let’s start with the offensive line, which is still coming together. Without a doubt, center Brandon Vitabile is the anchor. He looked good. You can

Twitter: Our guys' tweets from NU practice

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. [ RELATED: Dienhart: Plenty to like about talented Wildcats ] TOM DIENHART Talked to #Northwestern DC Mike Hankwitz before practice. He is excited about DE Deonte Gibson, calling him a "fast twitch" player. — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 13, 2013 I asked

BTN Football Tour: Relive all of our 2013 coverage

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. Stop No. 1: Indiana ( RECAP | TWEETS | PICS | VIDEO ) [ VIDEO: Watch our football tour impressions, interviews ] Stop No. 2: Ohio State ( RECAP | TWEETS | PICS | VIDEO

B1G Player Rankings: No. 17, Kain Colter

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. No. 17: Kain Colter, QB, Northwestern How dynamic is Northwestern’s do-it-all star? Put it this way: Colter has the athleticism, speed, agility and hands to also be one of the Big Ten’s better running backs or receivers – if need be. But Pat Fitzgerald likes

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

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. [ RELATED: Check out all of our top 10 games of 2012 ] MICHIGAN 38, NORTHWESTERN 31 (OT) Devin Gardner ran for a 1-yard touchdown in overtime and Michigan’s defense

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. [ PhilSteele.com: 2013 Initial Power Ratings ] Before you get too upset, understand that this is just one of Steele’s nine sets of power ratings. He refers to

'Johnson Rod' reference? Dienhart wins Twitter

We sent BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart on the BTN Football Tour to provide analysis from every Big Ten camp. He’s done so through the first three stops. With a day of travel planned Friday, well, he couldn’t stop the analysis. This time, Dienhart provided witty and entertaining play-by-play of the tour bus’ mechanical troubles, right outside State College, Pa. Breaking the news: Uh-oh: BTN bus has encountered mechanical issues along I-99 minutes outside of State College. Driver is furiously working his cell phone. — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 9, 2013 Spot-on analysis: BTN bus was coughing smoke. Small section

Q&A: Thanks for joining us on the bus, commish!

When it comes to traveling, Jim Delany is the best. The Big Ten commissioner hitched a ride on the BTN bus during the first three stops—Indiana, Ohio State and Penn State–of our tour of training camps. He sat quietly on the back of the bus, surfing his iPad, reading, relaxing. And thinking. I’m sure the most powerful man in college sports is always thinking. It’s one of the things that makes Delany a collegiate icon who has been at the forefront of reshaping and transforming collegiate sports in his 25 years as Big Ten commissioner. His list of accomplishments is

No. 6 game of 2012: NU's historic Gator Bowl win

BTN/BTN2Go is airing the top 10 football games of 2012, and the countdown is at No. 6: Northwestern’s historic bowl win over Mississippi State. Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET tonight, and the remaining five games at the same time through Aug. 11. Until then, relive the thrilling game in this post. [ RELATED: Check out our previous top 10 games of 2012 ] NORTHWESTERN 34, MISSISSIPPI STATE 20 Behind huge interceptions early and late, No. 21 Northwestern beat Mississippi State 34-20 in the Gator Bowl on Tuesday and snapped the game’s longest postseason losing streak. The Wildcats (10-3)

Did You See This? Check out the 2013 BTN tour bus

The 2013 BTN football tour has hit the road. Our team left our Chicago studio today for Bloomington, Ind, the first of its 12 stops across Big Ten country. The trip runs through Aug. 20, ending in Iowa City, Iowa. Which Big Ten stars are featured on the bus this year? Check out the Vine video in this post for the answer. As expected, there’s some solid talent. Throughout the tour, track all the action with our guys on Twitter (@BTNDaveRevsine, @gerrydinardo, @howardgriffith & @BTNTomDienhart). We’ll also be posting the best photos on Instagram. Have a question for our guys?