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Predicting 2016 starting quarterbacks: West Division

On Monday, I predicted who would be the starting quarterback for each Big Ten East team. So, in an attempt to be fair, it’s time to share my Big Ten West predictions–even if most of the starting situations are settled. Here goes. ILLINOIS Wes Lunt. Tumult has been the order of the day in Champaign, where there have been three head coaches since August. But the arrival of Lovie Smith brings the prospect of better days. Smith had to be pleased to find Wes Lunt, a veteran hand who looks like an NFL quarterback. But Lunt needs to improve as

BTN LiveBIG: ICYMI on Twitter...

There are plenty of great stories about students, faculty and alums of the universities in the Big Ten Conference. Too many, in fact, for us to cover here on BTN.com. But many of the ones we don’t get to tell in this space still get some love through our Twitter handle, @BTNLiveBIG. We’re retweeting, responding and engaging with all of the Big Ten universities — and you, dear readers — on that site. Here’s a look at some of the stories we shared recently, and exclusively, on Twitter. Via @UMengineering: Via @PurdueUnivNews: Via Nebraska’s @SheldonMuseum: Via Wisconsin’s @UWCarbone Cancer Center: Via @EngineeringAtIL:

BTN LiveBIG: Northwestern start-up incubator enables rookie entrepreneurs to take flight

Have you ever left your house and forgotten whether you locked the front door or fed your dog? Or perhaps you can’t remember where you left your wallet… A group of Northwestern students teamed up to help you answer all of those questions, no matter where you are. And their solution to the problem is pretty cool, too. Jackie Wu, the 25-year-old CEO of Eighty Nine Robotics, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern. He first envisioned his “Rook” — a fly-from-anywhere drone for the home — in Fall 2014, when he began his master of Science in Robotics at

Big Ten Basketball: Jon Crispin's Top 3 players next season

The Final Four will take place on Saturday, and unfortunately for Big Ten fans, there isn’t a team from that conference left in the NCAA Tournament. Because of that, we are already looking ahead to next season. BTN Basketball Analyst Jon Crispin was put on the hot seat today and asked to pick out his top three Big Ten players heading into next season. It should be noted that this list could change as players are still able to declare for this year’s NBA Draft. With that said, here is a look at Crispin’s top three picks, and what he

Dienhart: Lots of quarterback questions in Big Ten

The resume of Michigan State’s Connor Cook glistens. A three-year starter who finished his career as the winningest quarterback in school history with 34 victories (34-5 overall record, 23-2 vs. Big Ten opponents), Cook did it all for the Spartans during a spectacular career. The Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and the Unitas Award winner in 2015, Cook left campus as an all-time great. Now, the Spartans’ BMOC is gone. What’s next? Michigan State is one of several Big Ten squads that face a yawning hole under center. In fact, there are no less than nine schools with some