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Ten burning questions for Big Ten media days

The Big Ten will begin gearing up for the college football season on July 28-29 with the Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago. The annual event features coaches and players from all 14 Big Ten schools and will mark the first official appearance of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten. The event is a chance for media members to gather and ask questions to players and coaches in preparation for the upcoming season. Here’s my top 10 questions I’d love to hear addressed at Big Ten media days. [

Penn State: Helmet that went viral is 'office decoration'

Numbers on the sides of Penn State’s iconic helmets are hardly an unfamiliar sight; after all, the team sported the design until the late 1970s and did it again for a game in 2012 to honor injured star linebacker Mike Mauti. [ MORE: Like uniform designs? Check out our Clothes Call section ] Speculation that the numbers would return ramped up Monday, and into Tuesday morning, after freshman running back Nick Scott posted the photo above to Instagram. That’s Scott’s No. 24 on the side of the lid. [ MORE: Penn State recruit shaves Nittany Lion logo into head ]

Ranking the Big Ten's top 10 QB-WR duos

The Big Ten is set to return a ton of talent at quarterback, but the same can’t be said at wide receiver. With names like Jared Abbrederis, Corey Brown, Quincy Enunwa, Jeremy Gallon, Cody Latimer and Allen Robinson all off to the NFL, there will be plenty of new names atop the receiving leader list. This got me thinking about the top quarterback-receiver duos in the Big Ten. Here’s my top-10 list. * I made it a point to not list the same quarterback more than once. [ MORE: Terps top Big Ten pass catcher rankings ] 1. Braxton Miller

Dienhart reacts to 2014 football preview mags

I finally have had a chance to closely check out my three favorite college football preview mags: Athlon, Lindy’s and Sporting News. It’s fun to compare and contrast the predicted order of finish in the various publications. After considering the three publications’ picks, I decided to offer some reactions. Here goes: Ohio State is the consensus pick to win the East. But, I gotta tell ya, I’m liking Michigan State. Yes, the Buckeyes have lots of talent, but the jury remains out on a defense that struggled last season in ranking No. 7 overall and No. 11 vs. the pass

Photo: College Football Playoff trophy unveiled

Now, we know what college football teams will be playing for in the 2014 season, the first of the new College Football Playoff system. On Monday, the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy was unveiled. See pictures of it in this post. [ MORE: Jerry Palm puts Ohio State in first College Football Playoff ] To compare, here’s what the national champ won during the BCS era:

BTN LiveBIG: PSU football lifting weights, spirits

When Penn State football player Scott Shirley learned his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2003, he and his family soon learned that little could be done to treat this debilitating condition. Yet his Nittany Lion teammates immediately rallied around him — most especially through Lift For Life. This strength-and-conditioning competition was conceived as a way to raise awareness and money for treatment of this rare disease, one of about 7,000 classified as such because it impacts a very small population and thus receives little attention and funding for medical remedies and cures. Now in its second decade, the

Top Big Ten 'Decisions' of past sports year

LeBron James is heading home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. This will go down as the biggest decision of the 2014 sports year. This got us thinking, what were the biggest decisions made in the Big Ten this past year? Here is a list of our top Big Ten decisions of the past year. Adding Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Just 11 days ago, Maryland and Rutgers officially became the 13th and 14th members of the Big Ten conference. It marked a historic day for the nation’s oldest conference. Check out all of our Maryland and

Four B1G teams land in ESPN's Top 25 future rankings

Who will be the most dominant college football team in the Big Ten over the next three seasons? Our friends over at ESPN recently took an in-depth look at that in their latest Future Power Rankings. A five-man panel, which consisted of Travis Haney, Brad Edwards, Brock Huard, Tom Luginbill and Mark Schlabach, provided 1-10 ratings in five different categories, including coaching, talent, recruiting, title and power. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s preseason positions rankings ] Here is a look at what Big Ten teams appear on the list. 3. OHIO STATE Coaching: 9.2/10 Talent: 8.6/10 Recruiting: 9.2/10 Title: 8.2/10

Backup QB rankings: Illini in good hands

He’s often one of the most popular men on campus. Fans often clamor to see him buckle his chinstrap and trot onto the field: He’s the backup quarterback. When an offense is struggling, the No. 2 signal-caller is a favorite. Who is your school’s backup quarterback? How confident should you be in him? Get my ranking in this post. [ MORE: View all of Tom Dienhart’s preseason position rankings ] 1. Illinois. With Nathan Scheelhaase gone, the starting job is up for grabs in Champaign. Oklahoma State sophomore transfer Wes Lunt, senior Reilly O’Toole and athletic sophomore Aaron Bailey are

Which stars are attending 2014 B1G Media Days?

The Big Ten announced Thursday the 42 student-athletes scheduled to attend the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, July 28-29 at the Hilton Chicago. The 43rd annual event will mark the first official appearance of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten and will feature 20 returning all-conference selections and all 14 head coaches. Nebraska star running back Ameer Abdullah will speak on behalf of the players at the Kickoff Luncheon. EAST DIVISION INDIANA David Cooper, Sr., LB Nate Sudfeld, Jr., QB Shane Wynn, Sr., WR* *** MARYLAND C.J. Brown,