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Ohio State paces four Big Ten teams ranked in preseason AP Poll

Ohio State and Michigan are the popular pick to take the Big Ten in 2016, and the preseason AP poll voters agree. The Buckeyes and the Wolverines pace the Big Ten in the publication’s preseason poll, released Sunday, coming in at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Reigning Big Ten champ Michigan State checks in at No. 12 and Iowa at No. 17, giving the conference four teams in the poll, the same number it has in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin all are receiving votes, with the latter garnering the most (42). Check out the

Nike releases new training sneakers for four Big Ten schools

Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State fans have some new Nike school-themed sneakers available. The Nike Train Speed 4 AMPT sneakers hit the open market today, and fans of the Wolverines, Spartans, Buckeyes and Nittany Lions can order the new, fresh looking kicks featuring the colors of their college team. The shoes were released for 14 total schools. The other school-specific shoes include: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and USC. Check out pictures of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State’s new sneakers below. What do you think, Big Ten fans? Tweet

Big Ten Mailbag: New spread attacks, Maryland's CB duo & more

Let’s answer some mail. Are new spread attacks at Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland different? Can Maryland start 6-0? How long before Michigan is battling for national titles? I look at those queries and more. Let’s go! [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s summer football tour coverage ] Three Big Ten East teams are installing spread offenses this year. How do the spread offenses that Penn State, Maryland and Rutgers compare to each other? – Philip McCollum Having watched all three practice, I didn’t notice a big difference between the three. I asked cohort Gerry DiNardo for his option.

Big Ten Football: 10 impact freshmen to watch in 2016

The countdown to the official kickoff of Big Ten football is at 22 days. Fans have become accustomed to hearing names like J.T. Barrett, Desmond King and Jabrill Peppers. How about some young, upcoming stars that Big Ten fans should expect to hear a lot about in this upcoming season? I chatted with several players and coaches, as well as media members at this year’s Big Ten Media Days, asking them about the freshmen that have stood out in practice. I asked about true freshmen just arriving on campus and early enrollees who could be poised to make a big

Football tour notebook: Fun takes from Ohio State football practice

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State put on a high-tempo, intense practice with no wasted motion Tuesday morning. There also was a lot of contact, as players went through pass rush drills live. No shortage of action on what was just the third practice of camp in Columbus. [ MORE: Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Ohio State practice ] Most impressive player: LB Raekwon McMillan is a living, breathing NFL player who is still in college. Top specimen: It’s impossible not to notice 6-5, 266-pound DE Sam Hubbard, who looks primed for stardom with Joey Bosa gone. Loudest coach: DB

Dienhart: 5 things I learned at Ohio State football practice

The second stop of the annual BTN bus tour took us to Columbus, Ohio, to watch Urban Meyer's Buckeyes practice. See what BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart learned watching Ohio State inside.

Dienhart: Here's what I'll be watching at Ohio State practice

Ohio State and Urban Meyer face some big challenges as they try to reclaim the Big Ten title with 12 NFL draft picks gone and just eight starters back. Meyer has lived a charmed life since taking over Ohio State in 2012, posting a 50-4 overall record and a 31-1 Big Ten mark. His crowning feat was winning the 2014 national championship, and last year’s team looked poised to repeat before a late-season stumble at home vs. Michigan State. The goal is to get back to summit. [ MORE: @BTNStatsGuys: 5 fun Ohio State facts ] Here is what I’ll

Top 25 Big Ten football teams over the past 25 years

Last week, the Associated Press released their Top 100 college football teams of the past 80 years. A total of seven Big Ten teams landed on the list, highlighted by Ohio State at No. 1 overall. The Buckeyes have ranked in the AP Poll for more weeks than any other team (852) during that span, including the most at No. 1 (105). This got me thinking, who are the best Big Ten teams in recent memory? Obviously, the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes come to mind in recent memory, but what about before that? I got together with BTN.com senior writer