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ESPN lists 3 B1G teams as playoff 'contenders'

ESPN.com compiled a list of the 16 teams that have what it takes to make the inaugural College Football Playoff — and win it. Three of the teams reside in the Big Ten: Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. No real surprises there, unless maybe you’re an Iowa or Nebraska fan. [ MORE: Dienhart: How about a 10-game Big Ten schedule? ] The Big Ten team with the best shot at making the playoff? That’s to be determined, as ESPN.com listed the teams in alphabetical order and will whittle them down throughout the week. It’ll probably be between Michigan State

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How about a 10-game Big Ten football schedule?

You may have read recently about the Big Ten considering scheduling its own league schools as “non-conference” games as a way to fill out schedules in the future. I don’t know about you, but I was a bit surprised to hear that. And, I don’t like the idea. Instead, why not just have a 10-game Big Ten schedule? It’s a notion I made reference to in a recent story. The coaches may groan about it. But who else would? No one. Fans and TV would love it, because it results in an extra quality game every year and shortens the

Video: Time-lapse video of UW commencement

Wisconsin held its commencement Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Even cooler: Wisconsin has posted a time-lapse video of the preparations, event and clean up. See the video in this post. There was a cool scene at the commencement, too, as the students did “Jump Around.” Just like the fans do every home Saturday football game. Read more here, and watch it below.

Wisconsin students 'Jump Around' at commencement

Big Ten fans all have their own favorite traditions and rituals during college football games. However, there is one particular tradition at Wisconsin football games that really seems to stick out more than the others: Jump Around. Between the third and fourth quarters at Wisconsin home football games, the popular House of Pain song blares throughout the speakers at Camp Randall Stadium as fans jump up and down throughout the stands. It looks like a home football game isn’t the only time Wisconsin breaks out the popular song. @BadgerFootball, the official Twitter account for Wisconsin football, tweeted out the following

Jerry Palm lists Ohio State in inaugural playoff

It’s mid-May, so why not consider some ridiculously super-early bowl projections? That’s what CBSSports.com and BTN contributor Jerry Palm decided to do. Palm released his bowl projections Friday, and he has Ohio State in the inaugural College Football Playoff, playing reigning national champ Florida State. In all, Palm forecasts seven Big Ten bowl teams. See his projections in this post. [ MORE: Ohio State releases renderings of new locker room ] Rose (national semifinal): Ohio State vs. Florida State Fiesta: Wisconsin vs. Oregon TaxSlayer: Iowa vs. Ole Miss Outback: Michigan vs. Georgia Capital One: Michigan State vs. LSU Holiday: Nebraska

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What number will Big Ten NFL rookies wear?

Thirty Big Ten players were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, including a quartet in the first round, headlined by Michigan’s Taylor Lewan. The players have visited their new teams and picked out their new numbers. See which number the Big Ten NFL rookies will wear this season in this post. [ MORE: View all of our 2014 NFL Draft coverage ] Taylor Lewan (Michigan), Tennessee – 77 Ryan Shazier (Ohio State), Pittsburgh – 50 Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), Cincinnati – 21 Bradley Roby (Ohio State), Denver – 29 Ra’Shede Hageman (Minnesota), Atlanta – 77 Cody Latimer (Indiana), Denver –

ESPN: Big Ten approves 8-member officiating crews

According to ESPN.com, the Big Ten has agreed to increase its football officiating crews from seven officials to eight for all home games starting this fall. The added official, the center judge, will line up in the offensive backfield opposite the head referee. The Big 12 used eight officials last season and will do so again in 2014. Recently, the SEC and ACC have announced they will add an eighth official this fall. The last time the Big Ten increased its number of officials — six to seven —  was in 1983. “We’re looking for improved officiating — that’s the

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Dienhart: Morgan Burke's right, it's time for stipends

Earlier this week, at the annual Big Ten spring meetings, Purdue AD Morgan Burke had some interesting—and refreshing–comments on the subject of the cost of attendance and player stipends. “It’s fundamentally the right thing to do,” Burke told reporters during the meetings at Big Ten headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. “It’s got to be done for men and women, it’s got to be done for Olympic sports and non-revenue sports. It’s the right thing to do. “The reality is, this is fundamentally fair. And so we’d better find the money. We find the money for lots of other things, we’d better

NCAA APR scores: Big Ten teams continue to shine

The NCAA released Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and all Big Ten teams avoided penalties. Northwestern led the Big Ten in football (991), while Indiana men’s basketball was perfect for the fourth straight year (1,000). The APR, which debuted in 2005, attempts to measure how teams perform in the classroom by using academic eligibility and retention and graduation rates to yield the four-year figure. [ MORE: NCAA.org: Find APR scores for every school in every sport ] Big Ten APR Scores (football; basketball) Illinois: 957; 957 Indiana: 972; 1,000 Iowa: 969; 971 Michigan: 975; 990 Michigan State: 962; 980

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Mel Kiper lists six Big Ten early-impact rookies

ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. recently posted three pieces on potential early-impact rookies. His first piece focused on rookies drafted in the first round, the second on rounds 2 and 3, and the third on those drafted in rounds 4-7. There were a total of six Big Ten players listed in the three articles. Here is a look at those six Big Ten prospects and what Kiper Jr. had to say about each of them. [ MORE: Replacements for every Big Ten draft pick | Which player landed in best situation? ] No. 57: Ohio State RB Carlos