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Athlon ranks top 50 Big Ten football players

Athlon Sports recently released its Big Ten Player Rankings: The Top 50 players for 2012, and two-time reigning Big Ten champ Wisconsin highlights the top of the countdown. Five of the first 12 names are Badgers, headlined by Heisman Trophy candidate Montee Ball, at No. 1, and left tackle Ricky Wagner, at No. 6. While Wisconsin dominates the top of the list, Michigan State (9), Nebraska (8) and Ohio State (8) all boast more overall players than Wisconsin (7). [ Big Ten Player Rankings: The top 50 players for 2012] Here’s what Athlon says about the Big Ten’s best player:

Show Update: BTN Tour Shows Get Moved Up

Good news! Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith and the rest of our BTN team is still heading out for our annual Summer Football Tour (have you seen the bus?) but the TV show times have changed. Every team still gets an hour-long show, but they will debut at 10 p.m. ET a few days earlier than previously schedule. See our new show schedule in this post. BTN SHOW SCHEDULE (all air at 10 p.m. ET) Aug. 9 Iowa Aug. 10 Nebraska Aug. 12 Minnesota Aug. 14 Wisconsin Aug. 15 Northwestern (Kenosha) Aug. 16 Purdue Aug. 17 Indiana Aug.

Penn State K/P Anthony Fera transfers to Texas

(AP) Penn State lost a special teams ace to Texas, while two more Nittany Lions have left Happy Valley without ever playing a game for first-year coach Bill O’Brien. Anthony Fera was the second starter to leave after the kicker-punter announced Thursday he would be booming kicks for Texas this year. The junior, who is from the Houston area, will have two years of eligibility left. [AP: Illness factors into Fera’s decision to leave Penn State] Fera said the last few weeks had been difficult. His mother was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which also factored into Fera’s decision. “Shortly

Big Ten Web Links: Read Thursday's top stories

In case you were wondering, here is the official NCAA document that spells out the ifs, ands, buts and whatnots about Penn State players transferring to other schools. You may want to print this, cut it out and put it in your wallet—assuming you are a crazy college football fan. (If you are reading this, you are one.) Here are a few of the rules: Football student-athletes who transfer will not have to sit out a year of competition. Any current football student-athletes who transfer to any NCAA school (all divisions) during the 2012-13 academic year will be immediately eligible,

Big Ten writers' 2012 mock draft: Rounds 3 & 4

Our Big Ten writers’ 2012 Big Ten mock draft is gaining steam and through Round 4. Relive all the Round 1 selections and Round 2 picks. Here’s how this works: writers from all 12 Big Ten teams partake in the six-round draft, picking a QB, WR, RB, TE, Defensive player and K. Check out all the Round 3 and Round 4 selections in this post. We didn’t include offensive linemen because they don’t collect stats. To be clear, this is not a 2012 NFL mock draft and it is not fantasy football. There are no weekly standings, trades, points per

Road Trip! BTN Football Tour Bus Returns

Our annual summer BTN Football Tour starts next week and our tour bus is getting warmed up for the trip by driving around Chicago. As you can tell from the photo in this post, it stopped by Wrigley Field. Where will it be next? The bus heads downtown to Michigan Avenue, State Street, and Lake Shore Drive around lunch hour on Thursday and then out to U.S. Cellular Field on Friday during the evening. If you’re in Chicago and see it, take a photo and send it to us via our Twitter page or our Facebook page. You’re new to

Dienhart: My analysis of Sporting News preseason poll

The Sporting News released its preseason college football poll. LSU is No. 1. No big shock there. But, let’s get to the important stuff: How does the Big Ten stack up? Michigan is No. 8. Wisconsin is No. 12. Michigan State is No. 13. Nebraska is No. 17. Ohio State is No. 22. My two cents: – Look, I love Michigan, but that schedule scares the bejeezus out of me. And the defense? It isn’t ready-made to dominate, especially up front. – I have said time and again that I feel Ohio State has the most talented team. Couple that

Ready, set, click Wednesday's top Big Ten web links

Hope your week is going well. If not, here are some of the best Big Ten links that I found from around the web. Get to reading! RALLYING AROUND TEAM: If there’s any doubt that the NCAA sanctions have not galvanized the Penn State Nation, they likely were erased during a recent “Rise and Rally” event in State College. While I admire the spirit, I still think people are missing the point why Penn State is being penalized. To me, it sends the wrong message to rally and act vengeful in response to the Penn State sanctions. Don’t forget: The

Dienhart: Penn State will miss RB Silas Redd

News of star running back Silas Redd leaving Penn State for USC isn’t a shock, but it will be a blow to a Nittany Lion offense that already figured to be challenged even with Redd. The 5-10, 200-pound Redd—who is on the Doak Walker watch list–was primed to be the team’s top offensive playmaker this fall for an offense that again figured to struggle, especially through the air. [Read Redd’s statement to the media] Redd ranked fourth in the Big Ten last season in rushing, averaging 95.5 yards per game after carrying 244 times for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns.

Silas Redd looks on during warmups prior to the game against Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Silas Redd makes it official, transfers to USC

Star tailback Silas Redd is bolting Penn State for Southern California. The 1,200-yard rusher opted Tuesday to leave a Nittany Lions program facing stiff sanctions handed down by the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Among the penalties was a four-year postseason ban. The NCAA gave Penn State players the option to transfer immediately and play for another school this year. Redd visited USC over the weekend and heard coach Lane Kiffin’s pitch to be a key cog for a Trojans team expected to be highly ranked and contend for the Pac-12 title. USC