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March Madness: B1G Football Uniform Bracket III

We’re off to the semifinals of BTN.com’s Big Ten football uniform bracket, and the upsets continue. No. 5 Iowa stunned No. 2 Penn State and Cinderella No. 9 Purdue is one win away from playing for it all after downing No. 10 Illinois. Also, No. 1 Michigan drilled No. 6 Michigan State to advance to the title matchup, by virtue of amassing the most quarterfinal votes. See the quarterfinal results and first-round votes. And don’t forget to cast your semifinal vote in this post. The winner plays Michigan. Why the automatic berth for the Wolverines? With 12 teams in the

Get Wednesday's Big Ten web links

In Wednesday’s web links, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart sends you to some of the best Big Ten spring football stories and offers his perspective on each one. Among the topics: Kirk Ferentz and his offense in need of a fix, a pair of receivers who need to prove something and an update on Maryland transfer QB Danny O’Brien, among other things. See the links, plus Dienhart’s take, in this post. Kirk Ferentz admits that the Iowa offense needs to be fixed. This is an offense that has gone in fits and starts in recent years under Ken O’Keefe, who

Dienhart: Top Spring Questions

Spring football is in full swing across the Big Ten. And each day, BTN.com will be the place to stop by for your daily gridiron fix as we roll toward spring games in April. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart will provide analysis, previews, videos and Q&As—among other things. So be sure to stop by each day. To kick things off, here are 27 key questions that must be answered. 1. How will Penn State respond to a new coach in Bill O’Brien and his new schemes? 2. Who will catch passes for Ohio State? 3. Can Wisconsin find an answer

March Madness: B1G Football Uniform Bracket II

The votes are in, and we’ve reached the second round of BTN.com’s 2012 Big Ten football uniform bracket. Much like the NCAA tourney, there were a couple early upsets, including No. 10 Illinois taking down No. 3 Ohio State. Not to be outdone, No. 9 Purdue also stunned No. 4 Nebraska. Check out all the first-round decisions. Also, cast your Round 2 votes in this post. Remember, because the second round features an odd number of matchups (3), the uniform with the highest number of Round 2 votes will get an automatic berth into the championship, while the other two

March Madness: B1G Football Uniform Bracket

The word bracket overtakes our vocabulary every March — much to the delight of sports fans across the nation. Brackets don’t begin and end with the NCAA tournament, though. Every year around this time, people create brackets for pretty much everything, including coolest name. Here, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina decided to put together a Big Ten football uniform bracket. Cast your votes in this post. Here’s how it works: Vote for the winner of the six first-round matchups, and I’ll advance the winners Sunday night. Next week, I’ll post the next three matchups, let you all vote, and then

Spring Football: What's On The Horizon

Big Ten football is almost back. Spring practices are set to begin with Northwestern kicking off on March 3 and most sessions culminate with a spring game of sorts. Three schools have new head coaches (Illinois, Ohio State, and Penn State) and the usual roster turnover hits every squad, too. In anticipation of these practices, I took a quick look at three primary areas of development for each school. And here’s the list of spring dates I posted a while back. And I’m experimenting with a new kind of Q&A where readers submit questions directly to me and I deliver

Big Ten products make CFB Hall of Fame ballot

The 2012 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame was released Tuesday, and the list features 15 former Big Ten players, one former coach, in addition to three Nebraska players and two Penn State players who competed before their schools were a Big Ten member. Here’s the prestigious list: Trev Alberts, LB, Nebraska – 1990-93* Erick Anderson, LB, Michigan – 1988-91 Otis Armstrong, RB, Purdue – 1970-72 Larry Burton, SE, Purdue – 1973-74 Dave Butz, DT, Purdue – 1970-72 Marv Cook, TE, Iowa – 1985-88 Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska – 1998-2001* D.J. Dozier, RB,

Football Report: Dienhart joins the show

Tuesday on Big Ten Football Report, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart joined Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith on the weekly show. The crew tackled plenty of topics, including the NCAA Rules Committee proposing to move kickoffs to the 35-yard line and the Football Bowl Association considering increasing the number of wins for bowl eligibility, from six to seven. Watch the video now to see what our guys think about the issues and cast your vote on both in this post. Also, watch DiNardo’s interview with new Illinois coach Tim Beckman inside. Check out DiNardo’s interview with Tim Beckman:

Dienhart: Big Ten recruiting notebook

The calendar says 2012, but it may as well be 1975. The Big Ten is all about Michigan and Ohio State on this Signing Day, hearkening to days of the “Big Two and the Little Eight.” Only in today’s world, it’s the “Big Two and the Little 10.” According to Scout.com, Ohio State and Michigan dominated the Big Ten in recruiting. And, it really wasn’t close. The Buckeyes singed seven Top 100 recruits, with four five-star signees and 11 four-star recruits. The Wolverines inked six of Scout.com’s Top 100 players, including one five-star recruit and 14 four-star recruits. Scout.com’s Allen

Designer's Big Ten helmet ideas hit Web

There’s a designer out there, Charles Sollars, who is designing FAUX Nike Pro Combat helmets for BCS conference schools. While the helmets are just concepts and something he does as a hobby, I assume, they’re still really fun for all of us to consider and critique. Many of the lids are pretty cool, too. He has a design for every Big Ten school — some good, some ridiculous — and you can see them in this post. Again, these are not real — just something fun to consider. Read more about the helmets over at LostLettermen.com. Click the links below