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Video: Purdue removes bleachers at Ross-Ade Stadium

Purdue removed the upper bleachers from the south end zone at Ross-Ade Stadium on Wednesday morning, and the team posted a short Instagram video of the demolition. Read more about the project here, and see the video in this post. [ MORE: Northwestern to add new videoboards at Ryan Field ] The team also tweeted this picture:

Best of Week 8: Huskers + Wildcats = fun

Another light Saturday, as there are just five games with four teams enjoying byes. But the weekend isn’t without a big game, as the Nebraska at Northwestern tilt could be another doozy in what has been an exciting series that has seen the Cornhuskers go 2-1 vs. the Wildcats since joining the Big Ten. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 8. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 8 Best storyline: It’s got to be Nebraska’s trip to Northwestern. This figures to be a key Big Ten West game, and the loser

Best of Week 7: PSU-Michigan, under the lights

This is a light week of action with just five games—all Big Ten affairs–as four schools are off. But there are several good games, headlined by Penn State’s trip to Michigan. And the winner of the Northwestern-Minnesota game figures to be set up for a run at the division title. Here’s a breakdown of the Best of Week 7. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 7 Best storyline: Penn State and Michigan headlines this Saturday, as they will engage in a key East Division clash. Neither is expected to win the division, but

Enter BTN's NY & NJ Big Ten Fans 'Selfie’ Contest

Tuesday, Big Ten Network starts a three-week search for Big Ten superfans from the New York tri-state area for the most creative and inspired “selfies” taken in front of iconic New York and New Jersey locations. The lucky winners will receive prize packages, including a trip to the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game or the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. The BTN selfie campaign celebrates the hundreds of thousands of Big Ten fans in the area who will welcome Rutgers and the University of Maryland into the Big Ten Conference on July 1. BTN will select winners by

Dienhart: Your team's 2014 must-win game

We continue our football schedule preview series to help pass some of the time before the 2014 season kicks off. Today, it’s time for Tom Dienhart to offer his super-early must-win game for all 14 Big Ten teams. This is the game your team needs to improve bowl eligibility, keep it in the divisional race or win the division. [ MORE: View all of Tom Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] ILLINOIS If this is a bowl team, Illinois must beat visiting Minnesota on Oct. 25. As a matter of fact, a loss here may kill the program’s bowl hopes. Yes,

Best of Week 6: Huskers at Spartans time

The first Saturday in October is a light one, as there are just six games. Five are conference games. But there is just one truly marquee game, with Nebraska playing at Michigan State. Could that be a preview of the Big Ten title game? Here’s a breakdown of Week 6. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ]  BEST OF WEEK 6 Best storyline: All eyes will be on East Lansing for a monster tilt between Nebraska and Michigan State. The Cornhuskers figure to be an underdog when they come to Spartan Stadium. But Nebraska could leave with

Best of Week 5: How does Big Ten play sound?

Every school is in action this Saturday, with a mix of Big Ten and non-conference action. There are five league games and four non-league clashes. None of the games stand out or look all that notable, but there could be some hidden gems. Here’s a look at the Best of Week 5. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 5 Best storyline: We have a trophy battle, as Minnesota travels to Ann Arbor to play for the Little Brown Jug. Is there a cooler trophy in all of sports? Game of the week: Minnesota

Phil Steele's 2014 Preseason All-Big Ten Team

Rejoice, Big Ten football fans. Phil Steele has released his much-anticipated 2014 Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Steele compiles four teams on offense and defense, two more than the official All-Big Ten teams released at the end of the year. See who made Steele’s preseason teams in this post. Here’s his All-America team, too. [ MORE: Need a Father’s Day present? Here’s a great idea! ] First reaction: Big Ten newbies Maryland and Rutgers add some quality top-end talent, what with three first-teamers and one second-teamer. Most players: 6 – Ohio State, Northwestern Biggest surprise: Kyle Prater, a second-team receiver. Look,

Dienhart: Big Ten's marquee events to stay put

While the Big Ten’s borders stretch from the plains of Nebraska to the shadow of New York City, the iconic conference still remains anchored in the heartland of America. And, that’s the way it should be. Today’s announcement quelled any fears to the contrary, as the conference is committed to Chicago and Indianapolis as anchor cities for its marquee events. [ MORE: Read the official BigTen.org release ] News that the Big Ten football championship game will remain anchored in Indianapolis through 2021 and that the hoops tourney will rotate between Chicago (2019 and 2021) and Indianapolis (2020 and 2022)

Dienhart: Your team's best chance to pull an upset

We continue our football schedule preview series to help pass some of the time before the 2014 season kicks off. Today, it’s time for Tom Dienhart to offer his super-early upset pick for all 14 Big Ten teams. See your team’s upset prediction in this post. [ MORE: Toughest non-con games | Toughest B1G games | Rugged stretches ] ILLINOIS Hard to say what teams will look like by November, but Illinois could have a shot to dump visiting Penn State on Nov. 22. The Nittany Lions’ thin roster could be depleted for a squad that possibly may be playing out