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Track Big Ten News As Football Games Near

We’ve done it all spring and summer, but now that the first week of football is here, it gets even better. Every morning Monday through Friday BTN.com offers up a quick take on the headlines from around the Big Ten. You can find my Big Ten Daily Links them here in case you miss them, or get them via RSS over here. Today: Is Urban Meyer more mellow? Will Fitz Toussaint play against Alabama? What’s ahead for Penn State? How will the new faces at Iowa fare? Can Purdue take it to the next level? Plus, my take on the

Sign Here: Big Ten stars autograph BTN tour bus

Another BTN summer football tour is in the books. On this year’s trek across the Big Ten landscape, we logged 3,035 miles in the span of 17 days, according to the always accurate @BTNStatsGuy. And at each of the 12 stops, the exterior of our tour bus received a significant upgrade, in the form of 12 autographs – one from each of the players spotlighted on the sides of the bus. See a picture of your team’s representative signing his likeness in this post, plus watch our tour interview with him. ILLINOIS QB NATHAN SCHEELHAASE INDIANA RB STEPHEN HOUSTON [BTN.com:

Did You See This? Ryan Kerrigan ad

Purdue product Ryan Kerrigan spent four seasons terrorizing Big Ten quarterbacks, and now he’s trying to sack another thorn in his side: high utility bills. At least that’s the case in a new Thompson Creek Window Company ad that features Kerrigan, a rising second-year star on the Washington Redskins, as the spokesperson. The company is based in Lanham, Md., and it played to Kerrigan’s strengths in the commercial, having the former Boiler tackle a man dressed as a utility bill. No joke. It’s not meant to be funny, but it’s hard not to get a little bit of a chuckle

Web Links: A list of college football's powerful people

We’re down to the final stop of the annual BTN summer football tour. Today, we’re taking in Michigan practice, and then we’re headed back home. It’s been an incredible trip across the Big Ten footprint, and it’s been great to see all the teams, all the coaches and all the campuses. Read all my tour coverage here and check out Thursday’s web links in this post. RUSSELL’S NEXT: The next great Purdue defensive end could be Ryan Russell. He turned heads as a redshirt freshman and looks primed to join the likes of Ryan Kerrigan, Shaun Phillips, Chike Okeafor, Rosevelt

Top 5 Big Ten defensive players of BTN era

BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. The big day is Aug. 30, to be exact. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the great careers during our time on the air. I’ll do it in the mold of “Big Ten’s Best,” our popular countdown show that returns this fall for another season of ranking the best in Big Ten history. My sixth and final list ranks the top five defensive careers of the BTN era. Editor’s note: This list only includes football

Big Ten stars all over 12th annual Herbie Awards

Former Ohio State quarterback and current ESPN lead football analyst Kirk Herbstreit released his 12th annual Herbie Awards on Tuesday morning. The Big Ten, as expected, is well-represented in the popular piece. Herbstreit ranks the nation’s top 5 players/coaches/teams in 25 categories, and the Big Ten received four No. 1 selections. See all of Herbie’s Big Ten honorees in this post. [ESPN.com: 12th annual Herbie Awards] Best Running Backs 2. Montee Ball, Wisconsin Quarterbacks: Dual Threat 3. Denard Robinson, Michigan 5. Braxton Miller, Ohio State Tight Ends: Best In The Biz 2. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State End Game: Defensive Ends

Web Links: What about those Michigan receivers?

After taking in Penn State practice Monday, we’re headed back west. To East Lansing, Mich., to be exact. We have two stops remaining on our annual tour, and it will be great to see Michigan State and Michigan. You can find all of my tour previews and recaps over here. I’m also providing updates via Twitter. Don’t forget to check out my colleagues @BTNDaveRevsine, @GerryDiNardo, and @HowardGriffith, too. Now, let’s get to my Tuesday links. HIGH HOPES FOR BOILERS: Purdue is finished with camp and brims with optimism. Some questions have been answered. Others still loom. Mike Carmin of the

If you like Purdue and social media, this is for you

Are you a Purdue fan, perhaps one who also dabbles in social media? If so, the Purdue athletic department has a cool new feature. It’s called Boilermaker Social Rewards, and as the title indicates, it rewards Purdue fans for being social. The more Purdue fans use social media, the more points they earn and the more cool prizes they receive. If interested, sign up now; it’s fast and easy. [BTN.com: Tom Dienhart’s thoughts from Purdue practice] Speaking of Purdue and social media, we highly recommend you follow @PurdueSports, @BoilerFootball and @BoilerBall on Twitter and like Purdue Athletics on Facebook. The

Top 5 individual seasons of BTN era

Believe it or not, BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. The big day is Aug. 30, to be exact. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the great careers during our time on the air. I’ll do it in the mold of “Big Ten’s Best,” our popular countdown show that returns this fall for another season of ranking the best in Big Ten history. My fifth list ranks the top five individual seasons of the BTN era. Editor’s note: This list only

SI.com's Andy Staples previews 2012 Big Ten season

SI.com’s Andy Staples knows the Big Ten. Not only does he cover the beat for SI.com, he is a frequent guest of ours on “Big Ten Football & Beyond.” Staples posted his Big Ten 2012 Conference Report on Monday, and it’s a great read. The biggest thing that stands out has to be Staples’ prediction for Purdue: 5-7, 2-6. [SI.com: Big Ten 2012 Conference Report] Here are some of the highlights from Staples’ preview: They’ll be a rematch of the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, with Wisconsin meeting Michigan State on Dec. 1, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium. Wisconsin