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Three Takes: Jess Settles on Big Ten big men & Illinois' big issue

This week, in my “Three Takes,” I take a trip back to the 1991-92 season, consider the Big Ten’s top big men and look at Illinois’ recurring issue inside. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Get my latest thoughts below: So much to like about this year’s group of true freshmen bigs This is the best group of big men the Big Ten has witnessed since the decorated 1991-92 class. That was the season McDonald’s All-Americans

BTN LiveBIG: Boiler up, up and away at the Hangar of the Future

During football and basketball games, BTN LiveBIG will spotlight notable examples of research, innovation and community service from around the conference. In-Game stories will provide more background on these features, and the opportunity to view the videos again. For most people, having airplanes constantly taking off and landing close by wouldn’t make for ideal learning conditions. But for Purdue University grad student Amadou Anne, it’s heaven. “It’s just great to just be in this environment, especially if you like planes, like I do,” said Anne, who’s studying aerospace and aviation management at Purdue’s Hangar of the Future. “I mean, not

Report: Michigan football leads nation in attendance this year

Michigan football’s 16-year run of leading the nation in attendance was ended by Ohio State last season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Now, it looks like the Wolverines have returned atop the leader board. According to CBSSports.com, Michigan was the leader in attendance this season, averaging 110,168 fans per game in 2015, a five-percent increase from 2014. Ohio State ranked second in the nation in attendance this season with an

Big Ten links: How would this 68-team football playoff shake out?

What if college football had a 68-team tourney like basketball? Ah, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Well, Athlon Sports has put together a bracket if we all lived in Fantasy Land. I don’t need a full-blown fantasy 68-team tourney. Still, Look at what the four-team playoff has done to drive weekly debate. Have a look at one publication's projections, the catch up on the rest today's news from around the Big Ten.

How successors to legendary Big Ten coaches have fared

After flirting with retirement in the offseason, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan made it official tonight: He’s retiring with long-time assistant Greg Gard taking over as interim head coach. [ MORE: Top Twitter reactions to Bo Ryan’s retirement announcement ] “After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin,” Ryan said in a statement. “This was a decision months in the making. I brought this up to Barry back in April. He advised me

Photos: Take a look at Big Ten football uniforms debuted in 2015

The Big Ten introduced/reintroduced several alternate uniform designs during the 2015 football season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Several of the designs were of the new-school variety (Indiana helmets, Minnesota going all gray or Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State going all-black), while others were nods to history (Northwestern’s Rose Bowl throwback and Michigan’s all-white road uniform). Here’s a look at my top 5 2015 Big Ten designs (Yes, I’m a

Player Rankings: Purdue puts three guys on Jess Settles' list

Purdue is rolling. Anyone who has seen the Boilermakers play or has taken a look at the Big Ten standings knows it. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten award winners | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] The Boilermakers are 11-0, all 11 wins coming by double digits, good enough to match No. 1 Michigan State’s perfect start. Why all this talk about a team in a post all about players? Because the undefeated Boilermakers place three players on my latest Big Ten Player Rankings.