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Dienhart: "The Game" in the spring, too?

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is a genius–at least when it comes to spicing up spring football games. Let’s face it: These spring “games” often are little more than glorified scrimmages to appease and tease fans. The interest? Minimal—aside from the true cognoscenti. Many coaches don’t like them, preferring to run a scrimmage or just conduct another practice for fear of injury. Lack of depth is another reason many coaches don’t like intrasquad scrimmages, as it often makes it difficult to split teams into even squads. So, how can we spice these spring games up? Well, Swinney proposes to have the NCAA

Rank It: Is It Football Season Yet?

One of the best things about college football bowl games is the inter-sectional matchups we typically never get to see. Well, it’s only April but the Big Ten features some non-conference games that already have the look and feel of bowl games. So I compiled my top 15 non-conference football games coming our way next fall, the first in a series of occasional off-season “Rank It” posts. But what fun are rankings if we don’t get some other points of view? So take a look at the upcoming football schedules for all 12 football teams inside and then tell the

Indiana, Purdue spring football video

Like much of the Midwest, Indiana experienced terrible weather Saturday. In fact, it got so bad in the Hoosier State that both Indiana and Purdue were forced to cancel their spring game and scrimmage indoors. The weather affected our broadcasts of the events, to the point where we can’t re-air the games on BTN tonight, as originally scheduled. Instead, we’ll show Purdue’s 2011 win over Ohio State at 7 p.m. ET and Indiana’s 2007 bowl-clinching win over Purdue at 9. Watch our Indiana video now and get a handful of Purdue packages in this post. Here’s to hoping the weather

Dienhart: What I learned Saturday

Spring football games broke out across Big Ten territory Saturday afternoon, with Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue all in action. Weather played a big role all day, forcing the Hoosiers and Boilermakers inside and resulting in Nebraska canceling its game. Find out what I learned from Saturday’s action in this post. Also, don’t forget to check out our Big Ten spring roundup. 1. Indiana may have found a big-play maker in sophomore running back Isaiah Roundtree, a Morehead State transfer who has a different gear than guys like Stephen Houston and D’Angelo Roberts. Look for all of these

Spring game Central: Purdue

The Purdue football had its annual spring game canceled due to inclement weather Saturday afternoon. The Boilermakers moved the festivities indoors and practiced in front of former players and media. As a result, BTN’s live steam of the event also was canceled. Watch our Purdue highlights now, and see tweets and get all your Purdue spring coverage in this post. Spring Game Home Unofficial stats from #Purdue scrimmage kept by media: TerBush 8-20, 109, 2 TDs; Marve 14-24-1 INT, 2 TDs, 134. — mike carmin (@carminjc) April 14, 2012 Both teams showing great teamwork. High fives after every point

Dienhart: Ten Spring Things To Watch For

Spring games offer fans that first opportunity to sneak a peek at their team. What are the key areas of concern? And are they being filled? Or will a lot of work remain in the fall? Don’t expect any big resolutions, as coaches typically play things very pedestrian and vanilla so as not to show opponents anything new they are working on that could be compromising down the road. Nonetheless, in no particular order I present ten things to watch for during the seven Big Ten spring games taking place his Saturday at Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana and

Last-minute links for Saturday's Spring Games

As with my Daily Big Ten Links, here are some of the bigger items buzzing in Big Ten territory with spring exhibitions looming this Saturday at Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. Want to know how to watch any of the seven Spring Football exhibitions? A full and detailed rundown is right here. Need a list of fan events or rosters for Saturday’s seven events? Got it here. Got a burning question for me, BTN’s very own Tom Dienhart? Fire away. Buckle your seatbelts, Iowa fans: Your offense is about to take off . No, the new coordinator isn’t

Ask the Expert: Send Your Questions In senior writer Tom Dienhart files Big Ten reader mailbags with answers to your questions and comments. Find all of his mailbags in Dienhart’s Q&A section. Now that Spring Football games are Saturday, it’s time for you to pepper our expert with any football questions and comments about your Big Ten team. He’ll use the best questions in his next mailbag posts. In addition to filing regular football fix posts, writer roundtables, and one-on-one interviews, Dienhart is monitoring the news around Big Ten practices. Stay in touch with Dienhart on his Twitter page (@BTNTomDienhart) and Facebook page (, too. Use

How To Watch Saturday's Spring Football

This Saturday the Big Ten Network offers up an unprecedented amount of Spring Football coverage on TV and online as fans can watch all six Saturday events live. In action on Saturday: Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. Find out how to watch each event in this post and listen to your Big Ten coach speak on this week’s Big Ten teleconference. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from the entire Saturday of action at 9:30 p.m. ET on the “B1G Tonight: Spring Football Edition” with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Also, senior writer

Hear coaches, players talk spring football

The Big Ten held spring football teleconferences this week, featuring the head coach and a player from all 12 teams. Listen to all the teleconferences in this post and don’t forget that all of our audio can be found in the audio archive. Legends Division Hear from Michigan coach Brady Hoke and safety Jordan Kovacs: Hear from Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and quarterback James Vandenberg: Hear from Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald and quarterback Kain Colter: Hear from Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and quarterback Andrew Maxwell: Hear from Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and quarterback MarQueis Gray: Hear from Nebraska