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See our favorite Big Ten-themed fantasy football team names

Fantasy football leagues are open – yes, already – with kickoff just about two months away. So, you have plenty of time to sign up, not to mention to come up with a creative name that gets the attention of your friends/league members. We did this before basketball season last year, and now it’s time to do it for football. Here are two fantasy team names for every Big Ten team: ILLINOIS Dudek, Where’s My Car? Lunt Trauma INDIANA Dominique Booth Ferry Simmie’s Corn on the Cobbs IOWA Three & Ott Ferentzic Science (h/t @chfortfun) MARYLAND Skid Rowe Un-Likely Explanation

Joe McKeown, Aerial Powers lead U.S. to World University Games crown

Recently, when the United States fields a women’s team in the World University Games, it brings home the gold. [ MORE: Read usab.com’s full championship game release ] It did so for the sixth consecutive time Monday, as the U.S. topped Canada, 82-63, in the Gold Medal Game in Gwangju, South Korea. The U.S., which also won gold in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, was led by Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown. “It’s a great honor to represent the USA and to be able to coach this group,” McKeown said to usab.com. “To see them gel together in a

Tonight BTN/BTN2Go: Northwestern's 2013 Gator Bowl victory

At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we will replay Northwestern’s memorable 34-20 win over Mississippi State in the 2013 Gator Bowl. This was a historic win for Pat Fitzgerald’s program, as the Wildcats put an end to the nation’s longest postseason losing streak. Heading into the game, Northwestern hadn’t won a postseason game since 1949. Kain Colter threw for 76 yards and rushed for 71 yards, while the Wildcats picked off four Mississippi State passes in the victory. Here is a breakdown of Northwestern’s victory. Top moment: Quentin Williams picked off Tyler Russell’s pass and returned it for a

BTN LiveBIG: For Northwestern grad, all roads lead to home

Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums and faculty are taking to work. Deontae Moore didn’t necessarily set out to become a leader and an example for others to follow. But that’s how it turned out for this Northwestern University graduate and native son of Chicago’s South Side. It all started when Moore, who grew up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, graduated from Urban Prep Academy, a network of three all-male charter high schools

If every Big Ten school had a team at The Basketball Tournament

Several former Big Ten basketball players are set to take place in the second annual “The Basketball Tournament,” which kicks off today with the South and West Regional rounds. A total of 97 teams will play in the tournament, with the winning team taking home a $1,000,000 grand prize. What a fun event, right? That got me wondering what a team for every Big Ten school would look like? In order to do this, I chose a group of five players from every Big Ten school who I think would make the best 5-on-5 team today. The conditions are that

Big Ten announces list of players to appear at Media Days

The Big Ten announced Thursday the 42 players scheduled to attend the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW, held Thursday and Friday, July 30 and 31, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Here is a list of players attending the 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days. EAST DIVISION INDIANA Adarius Rayner, Sr., DL Jason Spriggs, Sr., OL Nate Sudfeld, Sr., QB MARYLAND Brad Craddock, Sr., PK William Likely, Jr., DB Andrew Zeller, Sr., OL MICHIGAN Joe Bolden, Sr., LB Jehu Chesson, Sr., WR James Ross III, Sr., LB MICHIGAN STATE

Tom Dienhart's Big Ten position rankings: Left offensive tackles

Know your team’s left tackle. Just like the quarterback, he’s a glamour boy. Really. Jake Long, Orlando Pace and Eric Fisher are left tackles who recently were picked No. 1 in the NFL draft. You won’t see a guard or center earn that honor. And probably not even a wideout or running back. The left offensive tackle is a key cog to the production of the offense who often protects the backside of the quarterback. Without a good left OT, your school’s attack figures to be bogged down. Here’s my ranking of the projected Big Ten left offensive tackles from

Big Ten conference tweets out clues for media day attendees

The 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days are set to take place on Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 at the Hyatt Regency McCormickPlace in Chicago. This year, the format will be different from previous years, as seven teams will be featured on Thursday, and the other seven on Friday. Here’s how the days will be broken up: Thursday, July 30: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin Friday, July 31: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers Today, the Big Ten will release the list of players at this year’s media day event. However, before

Big Ten links: Michigan's big deal with Nike, Chris Borland & more

Take the interim tag off Michigan A.D. Jim Hackett. Hey, why would he want to leave just when things appear ready to get really good with Jim Harbaugh on board? Exactly. “I’ve got to get my arms around it, but I’m not there yet,” he said. “It’s working so why mess with it?” See? To help Hackett, the Wolverines added a former longtime major college athletic director in former Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis, who will be a senior advisor. Smart move. *** Speaking of Michigan … its recent deal with Nike will be the largest … in …

It's time for BTN.com's annual Big Ten football uniform poll

Football season is drawing nearer, and that means it's time for BTN.com's annual Big Ten football uniform poll. This year's No. 1? It's Michigan, one year after rival Ohio State staked claim to the top spot.