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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.

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

Jerry Palm's 2012-13 college football bowl projections

Who’s going to win the Big Ten this football season? Not two-time reigning champ Wisconsin, according to’s Jerry Palm. Palm predicts Michigan in the Rose Bowl, the bowl reserved for the Big Ten champ, in his latest 2012-13 bowl projections. Fear not, Wisconsin fans: Palm has your Badgers playing in the Fiesta Bowl. [ 2012-13 bowl prjoections] Here’s Palm’s entire Big Ten bowl list: Rose Bowl: Michigan vs. Oregon Fiesta Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma Outback Bowl: Nebraska vs. Florida Gator Bowl: Iowa vs. Mississippi State Capital One Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia TicketCity Bowl: Purdue vs. Toledo Buffalo Wild

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

Big Ten writers' 2012 mock draft: Round 2

Our Big Ten writers’ 2012 Big Ten mock draft makes its way to Round 2. You can view Round 1 selections here. Here’s how this works: writers from all 12 Big Ten teams conduct the six-round draft, picking a QB, WR, RB, TE, Defensive player and K. We’re doing this because we thought it would provide a fun new way to showcase the Big Ten’s top statistical performers throughout the season. Plus, we hope it gets Big Ten fans debating the picks. We didn’t include offensive linemen because they don’t collect stats. To be clear, this is not a 2012

Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball (28) and tight end Jacob Pedersen (48) react after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon Ducks in the 2012 Rose Bowl game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten writers' 2012 mock draft: Round 1

Everyone, it seems, enjoys mock drafts. And it’s easy to see why. Not only do they create interest and offer predictions, but they often elicit passionate responses. You know the complaints and arguments: that guy’s too high, this guy’s better than that guy, etc. Well, we thought it would be fun to do a 2012 Big Ten football mock draft. How does it work? We invited a writer from all 12 Big Ten teams to conduct the six-round draft, consisting of QB, WR, RB, TE, Defensive player and K. We didn’t include offensive linemen (sorry!) because they aren’t stat-collectors, and

Reserve 2012 Football Title Game Tickets Now

We’re excited to announce a new way to reserve a ticket for the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship for your team for as little as $10 today. If your team makes it, you are obligated to purchase each face-value priced ticket associated with each of your reservations. But if your team doesn’t make it, you only forfeit your reservation fee. Tickets can be reserved at, a new ticket reservation system launched by the Big Ten in partnership with Forward Market Media (FMM) and BTN. Powered by FMM’s proprietary software platforms, fans can go to purchase, for as little as