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2:00 PMPittsburgh at Penn St.Watch
3:00 PMC. Michigan at IllinoisWatch
7:30 PMWisconsin at MichiganWatch
8:00 PMIowa St. at IowaWatch
9:00 PMSIUE at NorthwesternWatch
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1:00 PMN. Iowa at WisconsinWatch
1:00 PMN. Carolina Central at PurdueWatch
2:00 PMCanisius at Ohio St.Watch

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Best of Week 5: How does Big Ten play sound?

Every school is in action this Saturday, with a mix of Big Ten and non-conference action. There are five league games and four non-league clashes. None of the games stand out or look all that notable, but there could be some hidden gems. Here’s a look at the Best of Week 5. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 5 Best storyline: We have a trophy battle, as Minnesota travels to Ann Arbor to play for the Little Brown Jug. Is there a cooler trophy in all of sports? Game of the week: Minnesota

Phil Steele's 2014 Preseason All-Big Ten Team

Rejoice, Big Ten football fans. Phil Steele has released his much-anticipated 2014 Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Steele compiles four teams on offense and defense, two more than the official All-Big Ten teams released at the end of the year. See who made Steele’s preseason teams in this post. Here’s his All-America team, too. [ MORE: Need a Father’s Day present? Here’s a great idea! ] First reaction: Big Ten newbies Maryland and Rutgers add some quality top-end talent, what with three first-teamers and one second-teamer. Most players: 6 – Ohio State, Northwestern Biggest surprise: Kyle Prater, a second-team receiver. Look,

Dienhart: Big Ten's marquee events to stay put

While the Big Ten’s borders stretch from the plains of Nebraska to the shadow of New York City, the iconic conference still remains anchored in the heartland of America. And, that’s the way it should be. Today’s announcement quelled any fears to the contrary, as the conference is committed to Chicago and Indianapolis as anchor cities for its marquee events. [ MORE: Read the official BigTen.org release ] News that the Big Ten football championship game will remain anchored in Indianapolis through 2021 and that the hoops tourney will rotate between Chicago (2019 and 2021) and Indianapolis (2020 and 2022)

Dienhart: Your team's best chance to pull an upset

We continue our football schedule preview series to help pass some of the time before the 2014 season kicks off. Today, it’s time for Tom Dienhart to offer his super-early upset pick for all 14 Big Ten teams. See your team’s upset prediction in this post. [ MORE: Toughest non-con games | Toughest B1G games | Rugged stretches ] ILLINOIS Hard to say what teams will look like by November, but Illinois could have a shot to dump visiting Penn State on Nov. 22. The Nittany Lions’ thin roster could be depleted for a squad that possibly may be playing out

Big Ten Experience museum opens Saturday

The Big Ten Experience, an interactive digital museum located at the conference’s headquarters in Rosemont, Ill., will open to the public on Saturday, June 7.  The new museum brings the conference’s storied academic and athletic history to life and places it at fans’ fingertips. Located at the conference’s headquarters at 5440 Park Place in Rosemont, the museum will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to the Big Ten Experience is free‎. The Big Ten Experience features a collection of 13 interactive exhibits showcasing conference notables

Best of Week 4: Rematch! Miami vs. Nebraska

This will mark the last Saturday of full-blown non-conference action. And there are a handful of interesting clashes, highlighted by Miami (Fla.) visiting Nebraska. But most of this week’s games are tune-ups for the Big Ten action that kickoffs off the next weekend. Here’s a look at the Best of Week 4. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 4 Best storyline: All eyes will be on Lincoln, Neb., with Miami coming to town. The Hurricanes haven’t been to Nebraska since making back-to-back trips in 1975-76, games the Huskers won. In fact, this will

Dienhart: Your team's 2014 rugged stretch

We’ve reached the right side of 100 when it comes to the countdown to the college football season. In less than three months, there will be football. Get excited! Until then, we’re previewing the season. Today, it’s time for Tom Dienhart to analyze your team’s most rugged stretch. See your team’s gauntlet in this post. [ MORE: Toughest non-con games | Toughest B1G games | Rugged stretches ] ILLINOIS November. All of it. The month starts with a cold, three-arm shiver of games at Ohio State, vs. Iowa and vs. Penn State. This will be the first time Illinois has

Best of Week 3: Rutgers makes Big Ten debut

Week 3 isn’t filled with a plethora of sexy matchups, but there is no lack of intrigue. A big highlight is the first Big Ten game of the season, as Penn State visits Rutgers. In fact, it will be the Scarlet Knights’ first Big Ten game and the first time the Nittany Lions have been on Rutgers’ campus since 1955. See my Best of Week 3 in this post. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 3 Best storyline: We have a rivalry game, people! Iowa State at Iowa! The Cyclones have been a

Purdue to put student photos on helmet vs. Iowa

Hey, Purdue fans, want to see your face on the Purdue helmet this year? You can make it happen. Really. Purdue announced Wednesday that students who buy a VIP card (PDF) by June 10 will have their face featured in a collage inside the “P” logo for the “Social Media Game” on Sept. 27 vs. Iowa. [ MORE: Check out our uniform-centric Clothes Call section ] This is a creative idea, one that can only increase student ticket sales and student interest. It’s a win-win. Only question is, will other teams copy the idea? Or, maybe, do the same with

Dienhart: High cost of non-con games is vexing

Here’s a very nice story by Jesse Temple of FOXSportsWisconsin.com that takes an exhaustive look at the rising cost of payouts to non-conference opponents visiting Big Ten schools. Nothing overly shocking in the piece, but the detail of what schools are paying is interesting. Temple writes that “Big Ten teams will shell out $22,868,246 for 38 home games in 2014 (Temple couldn’t get the Temple-Penn State contract) — an average of roughly $601,796 per game. The cost for the type of guarantees against Football Bowl Subdivision mid-major teams that don’t require a return visit is significantly higher, with Big Ten