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Photo: Truck decorated as Ohio State helmet

Think you’re ready for the college football season? One Ohio State fan has you topped. @mirrorlakejump tweeted a picture Monday of a pickup truck decorated as an Ohio State helmet, complete with Buckeye helmet stickers and all. See the Ohio State-themed truck in this post. Get our latest Gone Viral moments: Now this guy is ready for football season! #GoBucks http://t.co/EAMXSojThD — Mirror Lake Jump (@mirrorlakejump) August 18, 2014 h/t: lostlettermen.com

Reports: Braxton Miller injures shoulder, set for MRI

The report by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch Monday night that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller reinjured his right shoulder is bad news for the Buckeyes and the Big Ten. Miller had offseason surgery on the same shoulder, and Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports followed up the Columbus Dispatch report with news that Miller would have an MRI on Tuesday. If Miller were to miss any playing time, the Buckeyes’ offense would likely become more pedestrian. The backup signal-caller is redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who has yet to play a game in college and who recently has moved past

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Eight B1G games land on Yahoo!'s most intriguing list

There will be plenty of intrigue in Big Ten football this fall, according to Yahoo! Sports. Eight games involving Big Ten teams landed on the site’s top 25 most intriguing games of 2014. Michigan State’s Week 2 visit to Oregon comes in at No. 2, behind Auburn at Alabama. See all the Big Ten games in this post. Here’s a look at the Big Ten games in the top 10: No. 2: Michigan State at Oregon, Sept. 6 “The marquee non-conference game of 2014 will do a lot to frame the early stages of the College Football Playoff debate, for

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Dienhart's Diary: Next best thing to being on the bus

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is trying something new this year on our annual football tour. At each of the 14 practices across Big Ten country, Dienhart will pen a quick diary post. From Indiana, the first stop, to Illinois, the 14th and final stop, our expert will provide plenty of fun behind-the-scenes updates. Get our latest football tour coverage: AUG. 18: NEBRASKA Bus tracker: Minneapolis to Lincoln – 430 miles (2,923) Lincoln, Neb., is one of my top stops. I love the passion of the community. In fact, I don’t think any Big Ten school can top the fevered mania

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Four Big Ten teams ranked in preseason AP Poll

The Associated Press preseason college football poll was released Sunday afternoon, and four Big Ten teams are ranked.  Ohio State and Michigan State are both ranked in the Top 10, as the Buckeyes appear at No. 5, while the Spartans are ranked No. 8. Wisconsin (No. 14) and Nebraska (No. 22) also are ranked. [ MORE: Four Big Ten teams ranked in preseason Coaches Poll ] See the full AP Poll in this post. AP Rankings Rankings as of 8/17/2014 Rank School Votes Prev Rank 1 Florida State (0-0) 1496 (57) NR 2 Alabama (0-0) 1361 (1) NR 3 Oregon (0-0)

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Ranking the top Big Ten running back duos

Our BTN tour bus stopped in Madison, Wis., Friday to take in Wisconsin camp. While watching practice, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart sent out the following tweet about Wisconsin’s talented running back duo. It doesn't get much better than Corey Clement and Melvin Gordon, the best RB duo in the #B1G. #Badgers pic.twitter.com/0OnS9pFFbP — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 15, 2014 This got me thinking about the best duos in the conference. Are Gordon and Clement indeed the top duo? Get all of our latest rankings posts: Here are my rankings. 1. Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement, Wisconsin: Dienhart got it

Photo: Nike selling Michigan State, Ohio State shoes

Michigan State and Ohio State fans have a new way to show off their school pride. Nike is selling eight college logo shoes, in school colors and with the school logo on the tongue, and last year’s Big Ten title game participants are featured. See a picture of the Nike Lunar TR1 “Week Zero” shoes in this post. Get the latest Big Ten fashion designs: Nike selling logo shoes for these eight colleges pic.twitter.com/WiU0oFsrKT — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) August 15, 2014 According to ftw.usatoday.com, the shoes will be available Aug. 27. The cost? $120. The Buckeyes and Spartans are just two

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Countdown to kickoff: East scariest player?

Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: East scariest player? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. See our other 2014 predictions: Tom Dienhart: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State. Every time he runs, defensive coordinators hold their breath. You just can’t game plan for what Miller does. Coaching? Schemes? It’s difficult for anything to trump Miller’s pure talent. He’s also developed into a solid passer. In fact, he threw for

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Mailbag: Top under-the-radar B1G assistants?

I have time on the bus to wade through your cards and letters. Keep them coming. I enjoy hearing from you. Now, onto the correspondence. Have a question for me? Use the submission box at the bottom of the post. Also, don’t forget to follow all of our football tour coverage. Get our latest football tour coverage: We’ve all heard about Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi, but who are some of the under-the-radar Big Ten assistants that are on the rise? – Charging Tiger Good question. The Big Ten is filled with many good, up-and-coming assistants. I will stick to

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Big Ten football questions, in 140 characters or less

Big Ten football is set to kick off in exactly two weeks. As the season approaches, excitement is at a high, but there are still several questions surrounding every Big Ten team. How do we go about summing up all of these questions for 14 teams? Simple — We follow the rules of Twitter. Here is one pressing question I have for every Big Ten team, in 140 characters or less. [ MORE: One bold prediction for every Big Ten position ] Illinois: Is Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt the clear starter at quarterback, or will we see a QB