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Best of Week 14: Got to love rivalry week!

The Big Ten has saved the best for last, as the Week 14 lineup features seven games that all are enticing for one reason or another. In fact, titles in both divisions may be on the line. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 14. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 14 Interesting factoid: While Ohio State has won 11 of the last 13 meetings vs. heated rival Michigan, the Wolverines have trashed perfect Buckeye seasons in 1993, 1995 and 1996. That could be something to keep your eye on. Game of

Big Ten teams celebrate Twitter allowing GIFs

Twitter users, rejoice! As of today, the site now allows users to tweet animated GIFs. You aren’t the only one excited about this. Several Big Ten basketball and football teams celebrated the news by tweeting GIFs of memorable 2013-14 moments. Check out our favorite examples in this post. [ MORE: @umichbball retweets Michigan fans’ favorite GIFs ] About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here.

Big Ten question stumps 'Jeopardy' contestants

“Jeopardy” has been around for more than 50 years now. However, it’s not every day that Alex Trebek runs off a Big Ten-related question. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday, when this question was asked: “Now that Rutgers and Maryland are joining the party, the Big Ten Football Conference has X football members?” The result? None of the contestants had the answer. Andrea, the show’s returning champion, took a stab at it, guessing 12, which of course would have been the correct answer before Maryland and Rutgers joined. Once the buzzer sounds, Trebek responds: “I know, it sounds weird.” The

Best of Week 13: A couple big-time West battles

The penultimate Saturday brings us seven Big Ten games for the first time in 2014. The Big Ten West must be watched, as Minnesota plays at Nebraska and Wisconsin travels to Iowa in two division-defining games. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 13. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 13 Interesting factoid: Since carding back-to-back wins over Ohio State in 1987 and 1988, Indiana is 0-20-1 in the series, with the tie coming in 1990. So, yeah, it’s been a while since the Hoosiers were competitive against one of the Big

Penn State AD Dave Joyner announces retirement

Penn State Athletic Director David M. Joyner announced Tuesday his plans to retire. He has requested that his duties as athletic director end Aug. 1, and has offered to assist with the transition beyond that date. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve Penn State,” Joyner said. “Our student athletes, coaches, staff and the University community were a daily source of inspiration for me. The spirit of Penn State is strong, and the department’s commitment to integrity, as well as academic and athletic excellence is stronger than ever.” Joyner was named acting athletic director in November 2011. In

Building the ultimate 2014 Big Ten quarterback

The Big Ten has featured plenty of great quarterbacks, including Drew Brees, Troy Smith and Russell Wilson, to name a few. But as good as these guys were, none of them were perfect in every area of the game. This got me thinking, what would my perfect Big Ten quarterback look like? You know, a quarterback with the ideal arm strength, size, speed, accuracy, smarts and ability to perform in the clutch. I chose six Big Ten quarterbacks and combined their skill sets (hypothetically, of course) to create one, ultimate Big Ten signal-caller. Here we go. [ MORE: Four Big

Best of Week 12: Rematch of 2012 Big Ten title game

There are two non-conference games tucked into this mid-November Saturday, which rarely happens this late in the season in the Big Ten. Northwestern’s trip to Notre Dame could be interesting. But a division title could be center stage: Nebraska at Wisconsin. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 12. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 12 Best storyline: Northwestern travels to Notre Dame. The teams haven’t met since the Wildcats famously went to South Bend in 1995 and stunned the Fighting Irish, 17-15, behind Pat Fitzgerald. That was an opening salvo in

NFL.com lists 1995 Huskers as greatest of all time

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer made news this past weekend when he told a group of youth football campers over the weekend that his 2008 Florida team was the greatest team in college football history. The debate is one for the ages, as there are plenty of acceptable answers to that question. NFL.com recently released a top-five list, in which it has the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers as the greatest college football team of all time. Here is a look at NFL.com’s rankings. [ MORE: Your team’s 2014 must-win game ] *1. 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers 2. 1972 USC Trojans 3. 2001

Dienhart: Your team's 2014 cupcake game

Pretty much every team has one game on its schedule that can be viewed as a “cupcake.” Now, that doesn’t mean the team is guaranteed to roll to victory – or even win the game. There’s always the chance a team pulls an upset. That said, here is my easiest game for every Big Ten team. [ MORE: Must-win games | Best chance to pull upset | Rugged stretches ] ILLINOIS A season-opening visit from FCS Youngstown State should offer the chance to shake those orange and blue pom-pons fast and furiously. But don’t take the Penguins too lightly. This

Photo: James Franklin cheers on Vandy at CWS

James Franklin’s Vanderbilt days are over, but the Penn State coach was back in black Saturday on the opening day of the College World Series. Franklin, who left Nashville for Penn State in January, was in Omaha to cheer on his former school’s baseball team and friend, Vandy coach Tim Corbin. Vanderbilt topped Louisville, 5-3, and plays UC Irvine at 8 p.m. ET tonight. h/t: @LostLettermen About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten