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Dienhart: Welcome to the 'Year of the Linebacker' in the Big Ten

If you like linebackers, you’ll love the Big Ten. It’s loaded with them. There’s Iowa’s Josey Jewell, Penn State’s Brandon Bell, Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel, Michigan State’s Riley Bullough, Purdue’s Ja’Whaun Bentley and Nebraska’s Josh Banderas. I could go on, and I think I will. There also is Minnesota’s Jack Lynn, Maryland’s Jermaine Carter, Indiana’s Marcus Oliver and Northwestern’s Anthony Walker. And don’t forget about Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan, who will give Walker a run for his money as the Big Ten’s primo linebacker. If not Walker or McMillan, how about Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, who is a newbie to the position.

Dienhart: 10 bold predictions coming out of Big Ten media days

Big Ten media days are in our rearview mirror. The last cliché has been uttered. The last photo taken. The last pitcher of water drank. So, what’s left? [ MORE: Best of Day 1 | Best of Day 2 | Big Ten player survey ] How about some bold predictions for the 2016 season? Sure. Let’s go! 1. Michigan will solve its quarterbacking—and then some. Just like last year, the Wolverines have a yawning hole at QB. Last season, Jim Harbaugh and Co., transformed Iowa cast-off Jake Rudock into a Cinderella by making him one of the most effective signal-callers

Big Ten Player Survey: Best helmet? Best mascot? Big Ten favorite?

CHICAGO — The Big Ten’s best players were in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday for the annual Big Ten Football Media Days. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart’s Best of Day 1 | Best of Day 2 ] As BTN.com does every year, we conducted a player survey that included a respondent from all 13 schools in attendance (Nebraska did not attend the event due to punter Sam Foltz’s death). Here were the rules: Players’ answers were anonymous and they could not use their school for any answer. BEST HELMET Maryland – 6 Michigan; Ohio State – 2 Indiana; Iowa; Rutgers –

BTN unveils original programming lineup ahead of 10th year

As the Big Ten Network begins its 10th year on-air, BTN president Mark Silverman today announced the network’s new lineup of original programming at Big Ten Football media day. Fresh off an appearance in the College Football Playoff, the Michigan State Spartans football team will allow BTN behind-the-scenes for Green and White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp. The show will follow Mark Dantonio’s Spartans through a portion of pre-season practice as they prepare to defend their Big Ten crown while replacing a number of key contributors. Green and White Days will debut on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.

BTN.com's top 100 Big Ten players entering 2016: 20-1

Our countdown of the top 100 Big Ten players entering the 2016 season comes to a close today, with the top 20 stars. If you missed it last week, here’s our list of 100-81, 80-61, 60-41 and 40-21. View the final installment of our five-part series below. 20. DE Chris Wormley, Michigan. He’s a versatile and productive (14.5 TFLs and 6.5 sacks in 2015) talent who can play tackle or end for a Wolverine front that may be the best in the nation. 19. RB L.J. Scott, Michigan State. Michigan State has a bevy of talented backs, but look for