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Twitter: 2013 Big Ten football breakout players?

The topic of breakout players can be an ambiguous one. For example, some people view Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah as a 2013 breakout player. Others, meanwhile, feel that with 1,315 total yards and 10 scores a season ago, he’s well past “breakout” territory. I tend to side with the latter. Either way, I went to Twitter and asked Big Ten fans for their 2013 breakout candidates. Before we move on to the fans’ picks, here are my top candidates: Devin Funchess and Melvin Gordon on offense and Adolphus Washington and Shilique Calhoun on defense. To be fair, my offensive picks had

Video: Purdue players show off diving 'skills'

David Boudia the Purdue football players are not. This comes as no surprise, but it’s even more evident after the team hit up the pool following Tuesday’s two-a-day. There, players took turns jumping off the diving boards, some taking it semi-seriously and others going for the best belly flop. Hilarity ensued, and the PurdueSports YouTube page has the video of it. This is great stuff. Want to see a good dive, one that Boudia would be proud of? Find it here, courtesy Brandon Cottom. How about arguably the worst dive? Right here, from Cody Webster. And then, there’s Johnny Daniels’

Dienhart: In Hazell, Purdue has bright future

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue ran a spirited practice Monday that moved in a well-organized fashion. Darrell Hazell is strong presence who floated from group to group, but he tends to gravitate to the offense—his background. There was more hitting in the Boilermakers’ camp this season than last under Danny Hope. I came away impressed with a lot for a program that seemingly has a bright future. [ PROGRAM ALERT: Watch the Purdue Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Aug. 19 on BTN/BTN2Go ] The quarterback derby continues. Rob Henry ran with the “ones.” He’s a senior with starting experience who

BTN Football Tour: Relive all of our 2013 coverage

It’s one of our favorite annual traditions. Every summer, after each practice on our 12-stop trek across Big Ten country, the player represented on our tour bus signs his likeness. It makes for a tremendous photo op – not to mention a really cool memento from our travels. See a photo of all the players signing their likeness and relive all of our tour coverage right here. Stop No. 1: Indiana ( RECAP | TWEETS | PICS | VIDEO ) [ VIDEO: Watch our football tour impressions, interviews ] Stop No. 2: Ohio State ( RECAP | TWEETS | PICS | VIDEO

Twitter: Our guys' tweets from Purdue practice

Monday brought the BTN Football Tour to West Lafayette, Ind., which gave us the opportunity to visit with new head coach Darrell Hazell and take in Purdue camp. Our guys live tweeted from the practice, and we posted some of the best tweets in this post. Reminder: Watch the Purdue Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Monday, Aug. 19 on BTN/BTN2Go. [ RELATED: Dienhart: In Hazell, Purdue has bright future ] TOM DIENHART Love seeing and talking to #Purdue DC Greg Hudson. Great fire and intensity. Smart, too. Plus, he is a fellow baldy! — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 12,

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. [ PhilSteele.com: 2013 Initial Power Ratings ] Before you get too upset, understand that this is just one of Steele’s nine sets of power ratings. He refers to

'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. Breaking the news: Uh-oh: BTN bus has encountered mechanical issues along I-99 minutes outside of State College. Driver is furiously working his cell phone. — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) August 9, 2013 Spot-on analysis: BTN bus was coughing smoke. Small section

Q&A: Thanks for joining us on the bus, commish!

When it comes to traveling, Jim Delany is the best. The Big Ten commissioner hitched a ride on the BTN bus during the first three stops—Indiana, Ohio State and Penn State–of our tour of training camps. He sat quietly on the back of the bus, surfing his iPad, reading, relaxing. And thinking. I’m sure the most powerful man in college sports is always thinking. It’s one of the things that makes Delany a collegiate icon who has been at the forefront of reshaping and transforming collegiate sports in his 25 years as Big Ten commissioner. His list of accomplishments is

Best Case/Worst Case: New-look Purdue

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. [ RELATED: Visit Dienhart’s Best Case/Worst Case archive ] PURDUE Best case: It’s a battle of debuts in the opener, with Darrell Hazell taking on new Cincinnati boss Tommy Tuberville. The Boilermakers find a way to win late on

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. Throughout the tour, track all the action with our guys on Twitter (@BTNDaveRevsine, @gerrydinardo, @howardgriffith & @BTNTomDienhart). We’ll also be posting the best photos on Instagram. Have a question for our guys?