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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

Site ranks Ann Arbor No. 2 college town in America

Rankings are always fun. They’re even more fun in the summer, when we need something to debate until the games start. Well, posted a popular list ranking the best college towns that made its way around social media Thursday, and the Big Ten was all over it. In fact, the Big Ten owned two of the top three towns: Ann Arbor (No. 2) and Madison (No. 3). Boulder came in at No. 1, for the curious minds. Editor’s note: This ranking was compiled by and does not reflect the opinion of BTN or any employees. Get our latest

One bold prediction for every B1G position

Are you ready for college football to start already? The Big Ten season officially kicks off in 15 days with a doubleheader of action as Minnesota takes on Eastern Illinois, while Rutgers will battle Washington State. We have seen plenty of preseason rankings thus far, so I wanted to take it one step further. How about some bold predictions? Here is one bold prediction for every position group heading into the 2014 Big Ten football season. [ MORE: Countdown to kickoff: East best uniform | West best uniform ] QB: Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld will pass for more than 3,000

Countdown to kickoff: East best uniform?

Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: East best uniform? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post. See our other countdown features: Tom Dienhart: Maryland. Wild? Garish? Loud? Offensive? So what? I love the togs that the Terps wear. Think of Maryland as the “Oregon of the East” when it comes to attire. The kids love it. And, that’s really all that matters, right? Right. *** Sean Merriman: Maryland. From

It's Left-handers day! Take a look at our favorite B1G lefties

Lefties, today is your big day! Aug. 13, 2014 marks the 22nd annual International Left-Handers Day. In honor of the special day, I created a list of some of my favorite left-handed Big Ten athletes. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet it to me @BTNSean. Here goes: Morten Andersen, K, Michigan State Jim Abbott, P, Michigan Baseball Calbert Cheaney, G, Indiana Basketball Mike Conley Jr., G, Ohio State Basketball Kirk Gibson, Michigan State Baseball/Football Mark Mulder, P, Michigan State Baseball Glen Perkins, P, Minnesota Baseball Morris Peterson, F, Michigan State Basketball Zach

LeGrand, Taliaferro to serve as game captains Sept. 13

Two of the most inspiring players in the history of Rutgers and Penn State football will be re-united when the schools meet for the first time as Big Ten opponents on Sept. 13 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Eric LeGrand, of Rutgers, and Adam Taliaferro, of Penn State, forever linked through spinal cord injuries suffered on the field and their courageous recovery efforts that followed, will serve as honorary game captains, it was announced Tuesday. Both players will be on the field for the pre-game coin toss. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go. “It’s going to be

Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – There is much anticipation for the start of James Franklin’s maiden voyage at Penn State. But he faces big depth hurdles due to NCAA sanctions. And attrition could prove hazardous to the program as it continues to deal with scholarship limits. Franklin brings a great resume to the table, winning at Vanderbilt. His defense has a chance to be decent. The offense? There is some skill talent, but line play could prove to be troublesome. Get our latest football tour coverage: Here are my thoughts from Penn State practice. BEST OF PENN STATE PRACTICE Most impressive

Twitter: Our experts' takes from Penn State practice

Our annual summer football bus tour rolls on!’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are on hand at Penn State practice Saturday morning. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post. Get our latest football tour coverage: @coachjfranklin wishing Happy birthday to @BTNTomDienhart #PSU — Howard Griffith (@HowardGriffith) August 9, 2014 DAVE REVSINE All you have to do is watch the team stretch to understand why players love Franklin. Great energy, interacting, having fun — Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine) August 9, 2014 I like this staff. Might have something to do

Penn State camp preview: Will the o-line hold up?

James Franklin has created a buzz around the Penn State program with his electric personality and general bombast. The guy is a high-wire act of energy and enthusiasm. No doubt, the former Vanderbilt coach has “won” the offseason. But how will his first team do? Get our latest football tour coverage: Here are some questions I have as the BTN bus heads to State College, Pa. 1. Will the o-line hold up? This is a HUGE concern. Outside of left tackle Donovan Smith, there are issues across the board from a talent and depth standpoint. 2. Is Christian Hackenberg on

What the O'Bannon ruling means for college sports

The NCAA’s model for amateurism took another hit with Friday’s ruling that the NCAA violated anti-trust law in the Ed O’Bannon suit. This, ladies and gentlemen, is maybe the most important ruling in the history of the NCAA. But things may not be as bad you think for the NCAA. In essence, this ruling says the NCAA no longer can prevent schools from giving student-athletes money based on their names, images and likenesses (NIL). It also isn’t allowed to impose a salary cap below $5,000. That money can be put in a trust. The NCAA scored a win, however, in