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Dienhart's best of the 2014 BTN bus tour

The BTN bus traveled almost 4,000 miles, beginning in Bloomington, Ind., on Aug. 4 and ending in Champaign, Ill., on Aug. 20. We have kicked the tires on all 14 teams one last time—watching practice, talking to players, talking to coaches–before the season kicks off next week. Deep breath! Here is my best of the 2014 BTN bus tour. Get our football tour coverage: [ MORE: Get all of our tour coverage | See all of Dienhart’s Instagram videos ] BEST CAMPUSES 1. Penn State. You just can’t beat the backdrop of Mount Nittany on this hilly, bucolic campus. If

Video: Jim Delany does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

What’s the best way to cool off on a hot summer day? How about having a freezing cold bucket of water dumped over your head, while also donating to a good cause? Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany did just that as he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday outside of the conference office. Delany was challenged by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. [ MORE: Watch Big Ten personalities take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ] Before having buckets of ice water poured over his head, Delany challenged BTN president Mark Silverman, as well as ESPN’s Burke Magnus. Watch’s Delany’s ALS

Photo: ND to wear new Shamrock Series uni vs. Purdue

Notre Dame will wear its latest Shamrock Series alternate uniform Sept. 13 vs. Purdue, and Under Armour and the team unveiled the design Tuesday afternoon. See the new uniform the Fighting Irish will wear vs. the Boilermakers at Lucas Oil Stadium in this post. Our Shamrock Series game uniform for 2014 is here! pic.twitter.com/lfP7ZZrSQC — Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 19, 2014 Here they are: #NotreDame's Shamrock Series Under Armour uniforms for 9/13 vs. #Purdue pic.twitter.com/UCCVY4c1zy — Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) August 19, 2014

Purdue names Danny Etling as starting QB

Darrell Hazell announced Monday that sophomore Danny Etling will be Purdue’s starting quarterback. Etling, the incumbent after starting seven games in 2013, battled fellow sophomore Austin Appleby for the starting gig in training camp. Coach Hazell has announced that Danny Etling will be Purdue's starting quarterback. #BoilerUp — Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) August 18, 2014 Etling completed 149-of-267 passes (56 percent) for 1,690 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Appleby talks about losing QB battle: Here are some tweets about Etling being named starter: No shock to see Danny Etling named #Purdue QB. Redshirting David Blough will be good, too. —

Dienhart's Diary: Next best thing to being on the bus

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is trying something new this year on our annual football tour. At each of the 14 practices across Big Ten country, Dienhart will pen a quick diary post. From Indiana, the first stop, to Illinois, the 14th and final stop, our expert will provide plenty of fun behind-the-scenes updates. Get our latest football tour coverage: AUG. 18: NEBRASKA Bus tracker: Minneapolis to Lincoln – 430 miles (2,923) Lincoln, Neb., is one of my top stops. I love the passion of the community. In fact, I don’t think any Big Ten school can top the fevered mania

Ranking the top Big Ten running back duos

Our BTN tour bus stopped in Madison, Wis., Friday to take in Wisconsin camp. While watching practice, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart sent out the following tweet about Wisconsin’s talented running back duo. It doesn't get much better than Corey Clement and Melvin Gordon, the best RB duo in the #B1G. #Badgers pic.twitter.com/0OnS9pFFbP — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 15, 2014 This got me thinking about the best duos in the conference. Are Gordon and Clement indeed the top duo? Get all of our latest rankings posts: Here are my rankings. 1. Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement, Wisconsin: Dienhart got it

Video: B1G names accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

There’s nothing wrong with an ice cold shower in the summer, right? Forget that, no matter the temperature, freezing cold water is going to shock the body. But, when it’s for a great cause, it’s more than worth the discomfort. Like so many others across the nation, Big Ten personalities are accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Watch a sampling in this post. BTN host Dave Revsine BTN host Mike Hall BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo Illinois AD Mike Thomas and men’s basketball coach John Groce Indiana AD Fred Glass Indiana men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley Indiana softball team Indiana women’s

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, bestcollegereviews.org 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 bestcollegereviews.org 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