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Dienhart: Reaction to preseason Coaches Poll

The coaches poll came out today—and there weren’t many, if any, surprises. Five Big Ten teams are ranked: No. 2 Ohio State; No. 17 Michigan; No. 18 Nebraska; No. 22 Northwestern; No. 23 Wisconsin. Alabama is No. 1. The Crimson Tide return a loaded roster from a national championship team. Alabama is college football’s “it” program, winning three national championships in the past four seasons. Any school that wants to win the last BCS title before a playoff begins in 2014 likely will have to walk through Nick Saban’s Tide. Ohio State could be that team. Coming off a 12-0

Study: Ohio State has Big Ten's 'best' football fans

Congratulations, Ohio State football fans! According to Emory Sports Marketing Analytics, the Buckeyes have the Big Ten’s “best” fans of the last 10 years. [ Emory.edu: Ranking the ‘best’ football fans in the Big Ten ] During the 10-year period, Emory’s study revealed, the Buckeyes generated 20 percent more revenue than No. 2 Penn State and No. 3 Michigan, in addition to averaging 2.5 more wins per season. [ RELATED: Best Case/Worst Case: B1G favorite Ohio State ] How did this study come to its results? Here’s what the site says: The study uses data from the past ten years

Mailbag: Huskers' win total & more targeting talk

The season is about a month away. That’s music to my ears. And from the volume of my mail, I can tell you all are getting excited, too. Let me reach into my mailbag and answer some of your questions. Keep the cards and letters coming. I love hearing from you all. I like your best-case record scenario for Nebraska, except the Michigan loss. I believe your worst-case scenario should be a little worse than stated. I would have the Huskers also losing to Michigan State and Penn State in my worst-case scenario. This would make them 7-5. Not very

Podcast: Tom Dienhart talks B1G with Lost Lettermen

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart recently sat down with Jim Weber, of LostLettermen.com, for a podcast to discuss the 2013 Big Ten football season. Find a link to the full podcast here. Among the topics, Dienhart provided his thoughts on 2013 breakout candidates, who will meet in the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game, why Nebraska is the Legends Division favorite, and whether Braxton Miller can win the Heisman Trophy. Here’s what Dienhart said about breakout candidates: “You know, I think one of the two running backs at Illinois: Josh Ferguson and Donovonn Young. I think that new offense of

BTN Big 10K: Interviews, features & more

The BTN Big 10K and 5K run/walk was held this past Saturday in Chicago with a post-race FanFest & Tailgate party taking place in front of the Adler Planetarium. Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall and Lisa Byington hosted a one-hour special full of interviews, fun with former Big Ten athletes and more. Watch an interview with the women’s 10K winner now and dive inside for much more video. [ GALLERY: Best shots from 2013 BTN B1G 10K ] Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany completed the 5K and talks with Rick Pizzo: *** Big Ten mascots having fun with host Rick Pizzo: *** Chuck

Gallery: Best shots from 2013 BTN Big 10K

The 2013 BTN B1G 10K was held Saturday morning in Chicago. It was the second annual running, and a record 11,415 runners finished. See some of the best photos from the event in this post. There were a couple surprise visitors at the event, too, as Testudo, Maryland’s mascot, and Scarlet Knight, Rutgers’ mascot, were in town for the fun. Both schools join the Big Ten in 2014. [ RELATED: Watch all of our video from 2013 BTN B1G 10K ]

Video: Watch Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon features

The Big Ten held the 42nd Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday at the Hilton Chicago. BTN’s Dave Revsine served as the event’s emcee, interviewing all the conference’s coaches, and Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel delivered a speech on behalf of the 36 players in attendance. Watch Urschel’s speech here and see all of our Kickoff Luncheon videos in this post. 2013 Big Ten storylines: Jim Delany speaks at Kickoff Luncheon: Revsine interviews Kill, Meyer, Pelini: Revsine interviews Ferentz, Dantonio & Wilson: Revsine interviews Beckman, Hazell & Hoke: Revsine interviews Andersen, Fitzgerald & O’Brien:

Mailbag: Your questions on new player safety rules

It’s that time of week where I reach into my latest mailbag. And, to no surprise, it’s stuffed with cards and letters about the new penalty for targeting a defenseless player. It’s not all about player safety, though, as there are questions regarding Indiana and Wisconsin. So, let’s get started. Since the penalty for targeting is here and arguing it does no good, I think the best way to deal with these is the have flags thrown as usual and let league offices review hits prior to the following game to determine if a player is suspended. It’s too much

Vote & watch the Top 10 Big Ten games of 2012

To help Big Ten fans get ready for the 2013 football season, BTN/BTN2Go will air the top 10 games of 2012, starting with No. 10 on Friday, Aug. 2, and finishing with No. 1 on Sunday, Aug. 11. All games will air at 8 p.m. ET. What was your favorite game of 2012? We provided a poll below with 20 of our favorites, from Michigan State’s season-opening victory over Boise State to Northwestern’s historic bowl win over Mississippi State. TOP 10 FOOTBALL GAMES OF 2012 COUNTDOWN DAY (8 p.m. ET) MATCHUP Game No. 10 Friday, Aug. 2 TBA Game No.

Photos: Big Ten mascots make all the Chicago stops

Fresh off an appearance at the 42nd Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday, Big Ten mascots are on the loose in Chicago. Our furry friends are still in town, because they’ll be all over Saturday’s Big Ten B1G 10K, which begins at 8 a.m. ET in front of the Adler Planetarium. The 5K begins at 9:15 a.m. ET. [ BTNBig10K.com: 2013 race event info | View the 2013 race map (PDF) ] @B1Gfootball is following the mascots around Chicago, and they’re making a lot of stops – even to the Chicago Mayor’s office. Check out all the photos in this