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Yankee Candle now selling select Big Ten candles

Gee, you know what the fan who has it all could really use? A school-specific candle, that’s what. Well, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin fans are in luck. Just in time for kickoff, Yankee Candle has released school-specific (scented) candles, and the collection includes the aforementioned four Big Ten schools. Here are the links to purchase the Big Ten candles: Illinois Michigan State Ohio State Wisconsin It’s no misprint, these 22-ounce candles will run you $27.99. Hey, no one said school pride was cheap. But nothing will complete your tailgate or viewing party better than the scent coming

B1G Player Rankings: No. 16, Jack Mewhort

We’re 16 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, is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day. No. 16: Jake Mewhort, OT, Ohio State As the left tackle, Mewhort, of course, is responsible for protecting Braxton Miller’s blind side. That alone makes the senior a very valuable commodity. But the former guard also is one of the Big Ten’s best at his

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

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. [ 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 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

Dienhart: Thoughts from Ohio State camp

COLUMBUS, Ohio – There was a lot to like about Ohio State today. Many NFL teams concur, as there were close to a dozen on hand at Wednesday’s practice to watch the second-ranked Buckeyes work out. Before camp began, there was a lot to like about the power-spread offense, with quarterback Braxton Miller back along with a raft of veteran receivers and running backs. But the emergence of true freshman running back Dontre Wilson has been one of the biggest early stories. [ PROGRAM ALERT: Watch the Ohio State Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on BTN/BTN2Go ] On

Clothes Call: Buckeye Leaves official on '13 jersey

A month ago, pictures surfaced of Ohio State football jerseys that featured Buckeye Leaves on the back of the collar. There was some question about the authenticity, though, and at the time a school spokesman told that the team had no updates regarding uniforms. [ RELATED: View all the 2013 Big Ten uniform/helmet changes ] Mark McClure, of The Buckeye Room, the Columbus retail store that posted the pictures, said the jerseys were officially licensed from Nike and would be worn this season. And they will. BTN’s Derek Reinglass took the photo below from our visit today to Ohio

Twitter: Our guys' tweets from Ohio State practice

Stop No. 2 on the BTN fall tour took us to Columbus, Ohio, to check out Big Ten preseason favorite Ohio State, which has national title aspirations following last year’s 12-0 first season under Urban Meyer. Our guys watched practice Wednesday morning, and we’re posted their best tweets in this post. [ PHOTOS: See all of our Instagram shots from today’s practice ] TOM DIENHART #Buckeye d line looks good. If coaches can get 341-pound Chris Carter to play hard all the time, look out. — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 7, 2013 @OsuCoachCoombs coaches like his hair is on fire!

No. 5 game of 2012: Ohio State 26, Michigan 21

BTN/BTN2Go is airing the top 10 football games of 2012, and the countdown is at No. 5: Ohio State’s 26-21 victory over archrival Michigan. Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET tonight, and the next four games at the same time through Aug. 11. Until then, relive the latest edition of “The Game” in this post. [ RELATED: Check out our previous top 10 games of 2012 ] OHIO STATE 26, MICHIGAN 21 Carlos Hyde ran for 146 yards and No. 4 Ohio State’s defense shut out 20th-ranked Michigan in the second half to grab a bruising 26-21 victory on