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Debate it: 2012 Big Ten scoring leader

In the coming days, senior writer Tom Dienhart and web editor Brent Yarina will tackle all the important football statistical categories and offer their predictions for the 2012 Big Ten leader. Up first: Scoring. See Tom and Brent’s email thread in this post and vote for your winner, too. SCORING 2011 leader: Montee Ball, 236 points (39 TDs, 1 2-pt. conversion) Returning leaders: Montee Ball, 236 points; Rex Burkhead, 102; Brett Maher, 100; Dan Conroy 99; Denard Robinson 96. [2011 Big Ten rushing TD leaders; 2011 Big Ten receiving TD leaders] Brent: When it comes to scoring, no

BTN Rolls Out School News Pages on Facebook

Our social media efforts here at BTN are always evolving. You probably know by now that is a good place to go for general updates and features on that social network while is an excellent way to get every video to show up in your timeline. And is where the work of senior writer Tom Dienhart appears, too. Now, we’re rolling out school-specific Facebook page so that you can drill down and get the news you want. Initially powered by news, TV programming alerts, and BTN video feeds, they also include news feeds from the

Monday's Web Links: There's more playoff talk!

Playoff talk dominates the headlines on this Monday, as we move closer to a June 20 meeting when all the leagues will convene to hammer out details of a likely four-team playoff to begin in 2014. The Big Ten-SEC rivalry on the field is intense. And it seems to be getting even fiercer off the field, as bold statements—particularly by the SEC–have been flying in the press during the debate on details of how to form a playoff. ONE SOLUTION: Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune offers his solution on the key nitty-gritty details of which: 1. teams to pick,

Retweet This: Top 6/3/12 Tweets

Like many of us, Big Ten products are all over Twitter. They let us into their lives and put their personalities on display in 140 characters or less, and they often delight and enlighten in the process. See some of our favorite Big Ten-centric tweets from Sunday in this post. Jordan Taylor is working out for the Bucks today and I'm heading over to St. Francis to speak with him afterward. I'll tweet some quotes. — Jim Polzin (@JimPolzinWSJ) June 3, 2012 Good. I was surprised to hear he wasn’t invited to the NBA Combine. Maybe this is his chance.

Mailbag: Are Buckeyes worthy of all the praise?

You have questions, and I have answers. With the calendar turning to June, the focus is on football, as you can see from the questions below. Answering these queries got me thinking: Are Michigan State and Ohio State the best teams in the Big Ten? Find out in this post. Also, have you checked out my 2012 weekly schedule analysis series, which just reached Week 13 yesterday, or my archive of Big Ten rankings? Do you believe Ohio State and Michigan will ever be realigned into the same division (how it should be)? Alabama-Auburn are in the same division in

Retweet This: Top 6/2/12 Tweets

Like many of us, Big Ten products are all over Twitter. They let us into their lives in 140 characters or less, and they often delight and entertain us in a way that wouldn’t be possible without the service. See some of our favorite Big Ten-centric tweets from Saturday in this post. Why are bathroom attendants so awkward? I would love to wash my hands with out you standing behind me please. — Mitch king (@Mitchking47) June 2, 2012 So true. I think I can reach for that paper towel myself, too. I'm getting dating advice from my grandpa today.

Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 13

We’ve reached the end of the road with my super-early schedule analysis for every week of the 2012 college football season. The last week of the Big Ten Football season is, more times than not, dominanted by one thing: Michigan vs. Ohio State. Read the rest of this post for my top expected storylines, my game of the week, the best quarterback and coordinator matchups, as well as my upset alert and game rankings. Look back at my reviews of weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 right now. Storylines: Welcome to the

Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten Running Backs

When Montee Ball opted to return for his senior season, he solidified Wisconsin as a Big Ten favorite and himself as a Heisman Trophy front-runner. Ball also cemented the Badgers’ status as having the Big Ten’s top collection of running backs. And perhaps the best collection in the nation. Here is how I rate the Big Ten running back units, which are a strong collection of talent with 12 of last season’s top 14 rushers back. Only Iowa’s Marcus Coker and Ohio State’s Dan Herron are gone. Here is an interesting twist: The leader rushing for four teams last season

Look ahead to 2012 season: Best of Week 11

The more I really dig into each week of the 2012 Big Ten college football season with my schedule analysis, the more excited I get about football. In this post I look at Week 11 with my usual categories: top expected stories, my game of the week (hint: it involves the two teams in the video in this post), best quarterback and coordinator matchups, my upset alert, and my game rankings. What came before Week 11? Oh, maybe Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Read on. Storylines: This Saturday lacks a marquee clash. And

Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten Quarterbacks

Every championship team needs a good quarterback. And it’s also helpful to have a decent backup, as injury often is commonplace in this era of running signal-callers. Knowing that, which Big Ten team has the best quarterback situation? I rank the Big Ten quarterback situations, from 1 to 12, in my first installment of Big Ten unit rankings. Tell me what you think by posting your thoughts in the comment box at the bottom of the post. 1. Michigan – It begins with senior Denard Robinson, perhaps the most dangerous quarterback in college football and a legit Heisman contender. In