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Big Ten fans, plan ahead with our TV GameFinder

With so much football happening across the Big Ten Conference in the early weeks of the season, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and find out where your game will appear on TV. So allow us to introduce you once again to the BTN TV GameFinder.  Avoid the rush and panic on Saturday. Use GameFinder below in this post, but if you prefer to bookmark it for future weeks, you can do that, too. These “extra” channels are part-time channels that the Big Ten Network provides to cable, satellite and telco systems which allow the network to offer multiple

Leaders Division: Can Badgers Pull Off Repeat?

Earlier I presented my look at the Legends Division. Now, I roll out my look at the Leaders Division as well my overall picks for awards across both divisions. Agree? Disagree? Tell me what you think on Twitter and via my mailbox. BTN airs the second of two hour-long football preview shows Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET as Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith present “Big Ten Football Preview: Leaders Division.” On Tuesday BTN aired “Big Ten Football Preview: Legends Division.” Now, let’s get to how I see this Leaders Division race shaping up. LEADERS OVERALL BIG TEN

Listen to your Big Ten football coach

Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season the 12 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio Tuesday afternoon for each segment of the call, and we do this every week.  Also @B1Gfootball spotlights a tweet or three from each coach on the call live on Twitter in case you want to follow along online Tuesday mornings. Listen to Coach Brady Hoke: Listen to Coach Bo Pelini: Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio: Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz: Listen to Coach Jerry Kill: Listen to Coach Tim Beckman:

Dienhart: Week 1 To Answer My Big Ten Questions

This is the first edition of a new weekly post where I will look at one key question for each team in a piece called: 12 Teams, 12 Questions. I’ll roll these out every Tuesday and look forward to hearing what you think about your team and your team’s games. Remember: Minnesota plays Thursday, Michigan State plays Friday, and the rest play Saturday. Our Big Ten football scoreboard will be a handy bookmark, but also stay in touch with me on Twitter all week and during games. I’m @BTNTomDienhart and I love to hear from readers. Illinois: The Western Michigan

Before we get started: 2012 B1G football predictions

With the 2012 college football season kicking off Thursday, it’s time to offer my quick predictions. Where will each team finish in the Big Ten standings? I offer my best guesses. Who are some likely breakout players? I mention a few candidates. And who will hoist the hardware at the second annual Big Ten title game? I see history repeating itself. See all my predictions in this post. LEGENDS DIVISION Michigan State 10-2, 6-2 Michigan 9-3, 6-2 Nebraska 9-3, 5-3 Iowa 7-5, 3-5 Northwestern 7-5, 3-5 Minnesota 5-7, 2-6 Champ: Michigan State Best Offensive Player: Denard Robinson, Michigan Best Defensive

Dienhart: My preseason Big Ten bowl projections

The first week of the season is here! Optimism runs high across the nation, as bowl dreams dance in the minds of fans and coaches from across the Big Ten. The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has just 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are banned from the postseason in 2011. So, filling all of those spots may be troublesome, especially if the Big Ten gets two teams into BCS bowls. And the Big Ten has had two teams in the BCS 11 times in the 14-year BCS system including last season with Wisconsin

Dienhart: A fun look back at the BTN bus tour

The BTN crew spent almost three weeks on the road travelling over 3,000 miles on visits to every Big Ten training camp. We saw a lot of football, talked to a lot of coaches and ate a lot of bananas and beef jerky on our super-deluxe tour bus that was tricked out with two color TVs, two fridges and Wi-Fi that sometimes worked and sometimes didn’t work. Two cases of Red Bull and a box of Twizzlers later, I put a punctuation mark on the 2012 BTN bus tour with a fun look at our circuitous journey from Lincoln to

The Week That Was: Last week's top 10 stories

The wait is over, Big Ten fans. Starting Thursday night, the Big Ten football season is here. The Gophers kick of the 2012 schedule late Thursday night at UNLV, Michigan State hosts Boise State on Friday night, and the conference’s 10 other teams get underway Saturday. Before the games kick off, read last week’s top 10 BTN.com stories. 10. Top 5 individual seasons 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

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: