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Phil Steele releases 2013 Initial Power Ratings

The highly respected Phil Steele released his 2013 Initial Power Ratings on Friday, and the list is certain to get the attention of Big Ten fans. For starters, Big Ten preseason favorite Ohio State lands at No. 4, behind reigning national champ Alabama, Oregon and Texas A&M. Ohio State fans won’t like that. Nebraska? The reigning Legends Division champ comes in at No. 27, and is the fifth (!) Big Ten team.

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'Johnson Rod' reference? Dienhart wins Twitter

We sent BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart on the BTN Football Tour to provide analysis from every Big Ten camp. He’s done so through the first three stops. With a day of travel planned Friday, well, he couldn’t stop the analysis. This time, Dienhart provided witty and entertaining play-by-play of the tour bus’ mechanical troubles, right outside State College, Pa.

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Best Case/Worst Case: New-look Purdue

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Purdue Season Preview - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

The arrival of Darrell Hazell from Kent State has energized Purdue and given fans hope for the future. He inherits a team that went to a bowl last season under Danny Hope, but the roster is still a bit talent poor. Regardless, Hazell has a nice plan and a strong staff. Here is my best- and worst-case scenarios for the Boilermakers.

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Did You See This? Check out the 2013 BTN tour bus

The 2013 BTN football tour has hit the road. Our team left our Chicago studio today for Bloomington, Ind, the first of its 12 stops across Big Ten country. The trip runs through Aug. 20, ending in Iowa City, Iowa. Which Big Ten stars are featured on the bus this year? Check out the Vine video in this post for the answer. As expected, there’s some solid talent.

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Photos: Look at what NIU sent to opponents' media

The words “Heisman” and “Candidate” are nowhere to be found, but Northern Illinois sure seems to be promoting dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch as such. In fact, the school recently sent out “Jordan Lynch for 6″ lunch bags to opposing media that includes everything one wants to know about the QB.

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