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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

The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

Another week before the college football season kicks off is in the books. Now, it’s less than two weeks before Minnesota travels to UNLV for the Big Ten’s first game Thursday, Aug. 30. What happened in the last week? Check out BTN.com’s top 10 stories from the week that was in this post. 10. Celebrating 5 years: Top 5 wide receivers of BTN era Believe it or not, BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the

Web Links: Another setback for Iowa's backfield

The BTN bus tour has entered the final stretch, with three stops remaining. Today, we’re at Penn State to get our first look at the Nittany Lions under Bill O’Brien. 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 Monday links. NO BIG SURPRISE: The fact Wisconsin named Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien the starting quarterback isn’t a shock. When I watched Badger practice last week, O’Brien looked the best of the three competitors with

BTN Tour Mailbag: Ohio State & much more

Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. During the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We saw Ohio State practice Saturday (recap), and excited Buckeye fans sent me their questions. Read all of my answers to your latest Big Ten questions in this post. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart). We’re at Penn State practice Monday (preview). Does it look like a

Celebrating 5 years: Top 5 QBs 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 football 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 fourth list ranks the top five quarterbacks of the last five seasons, aka the BTN era.

Celebrating 5 years: Top 5 Tight Ends 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 football 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 third list ranks the top five tight ends of the last five seasons, aka the BTN era. Editor’s note: This

Athlon: Michigan, Nebraska headed to BCS bowls

Michigan and Nebraska are headed to BCS bowls this season, according to AthlonSports.com’s 2012-2013 college football bowl projections, released Thursday. The publication puts the Wolverines in the Rose Bowl, versus Oregon, and the Huskers in the Fiesta Bowl, versus Oklahoma. In all, Athlon has eight Big Ten teams bowling. See all the matchups in this post. [AhtlonSports.com: 2012-2013 College Football Bowl Projections] Meineke Car Care Bowl: Purdue vs. Baylor Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Northwestern vs. TCU TicketCity Bowl: Illinois vs. Texas Tech TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl: Iowa vs. Auburn Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Georgia Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. South Carolina

Web Links: Who's Ramping Up The Deuce Formation?

I’m still on the road with the Big Ten Football Preview Tour and we’re in Indiana today. Tonight at 10 p.m. ET you can catch our preview show on Purdue. This tour is keeping me busy as I preview each stop and recap each practice – it’s all over here. I’m also providing updates and photos via Twitter. Don’t forget to check out my colleagues @BTNDaveRevsine, @GerryDiNardo, and @HowardGriffith, too. Now, let’s get to my Thursday links. Two-fer: Michigan used a “deuce” formation that included Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner in concert from time to time last season. Expect more of

Dienhart: What I learned at Purdue practice

There was a lot to watch at Purdue’s practice Wednesdat as Danny Hope prepares his fourth Boilermaker squad. It was a warm, sunny day in West Lafayette, testing everyone’s resolve. My eyes first went to the quarterback situation. Getting reps for three guys is tough. (Purdue had eight QBs dressed out.) The staff has sat out a quarterback from practice so the others could get reps. Robert Marve moved well, which was good to see after some of his previous health issues. Ditto for Rob Henry, who missed last season with a knee injury suffered in camp in 2011. I