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BTN.com's All-Leaders Defensive Team

Legends and Leaders are no more. It was a fun three seasons, but now we turn the page to the East and West. In remembrance of the Legends and Leaders, which formed with Nebraska’s arrival prior to 2011, we’re highlighting our top players from the period (2011-13). Up next: BTN.com’s All-Leaders Defensive Team. As a refresher, the Leaders featured Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. View our team in the photo gallery below and see player stats at the bottom of this post. [ MORE: All-Leaders Offense | All-Legends Offense | All-Legends Defense ] BTN.com’s All-Leaders Defensive

BTN.com's All-Leaders Offensive Team

Legends and Leaders are no more. It was a fun three seasons, but now we turn the page to the East and West. In remembrance of the Legends and Leaders, which formed with Nebraska’s arrival prior to 2011, we’re highlighting our top players from the period (2011-13). First up: BTN.com’s All-Leaders Offensive Team. As a refresher, the Leaders featured Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. View our team in the photo gallery below and see player stats at the bottom of this post. BTN.com’s All-Leaders Offensive Team QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State (2011-13). 395-666, 5,292 yards, 52

Ranking all the Big Ten games, from Week 1 to 14

I’ve spent the last few weeks offering my super-early thoughts on the  2014 football schedule. You can catch up here. Today, it’s time to compile my game rankings for all 14 weeks in one post. What’s the one game you won’t want to miss each week? Hop inside to find out. WEEK 1 1. Wisconsin vs. LSU (in Houston) 2. Cal at Northwestern 3. Penn State vs. UCF (in Dublin, Ireland) 4. Ohio State at Navy (in Baltimore) 5. Rutgers at Washington State (Thursday in Seattle) 6. Appalachian State at Michigan 7. Northern Iowa at Iowa 8. Youngstown State at

Ohio Stadium ranked No. 1 B1G venue in Athlon Sports poll

Athlon Sports is doing a series of college football stadium rankings, and it was time to consider the Big Ten homes Friday. Ohio Stadium took the top spot, garnering nine of 12 first-place votes, while Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) came in second. The voters included 10 Big Ten personalities, including BTN’s Gerry DiNardo, Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina, and a pair of Athlon experts. See the full results in this post. [ MORE: athlonsports.com: Ranking the Big Ten Stadiums ] FINAL POLL (highest vote; lowest vote) 1. Ohio Stadium – 1; 2 2. Memorial Stadium (Nebraska) – 1; 5 3. Camp

Best of Week 14: Got to love rivalry week!

The Big Ten has saved the best for last, as the Week 14 lineup features seven games that all are enticing for one reason or another. In fact, titles in both divisions may be on the line. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 14. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 14 Interesting factoid: While Ohio State has won 11 of the last 13 meetings vs. heated rival Michigan, the Wolverines have trashed perfect Buckeye seasons in 1993, 1995 and 1996. That could be something to keep your eye on. Game of

Big Ten teams celebrate Twitter allowing GIFs

Twitter users, rejoice! As of today, the site now allows users to tweet animated GIFs. You aren’t the only one excited about this. Several Big Ten basketball and football teams celebrated the news by tweeting GIFs of memorable 2013-14 moments. Check out our favorite examples in this post. [ MORE: @umichbball retweets Michigan fans’ favorite GIFs ] About Brent Yarina BTN.com senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here.

Big Ten question stumps 'Jeopardy' contestants

“Jeopardy” has been around for more than 50 years now. However, it’s not every day that Alex Trebek runs off a Big Ten-related question. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday, when this question was asked: “Now that Rutgers and Maryland are joining the party, the Big Ten Football Conference has X football members?” The result? None of the contestants had the answer. Andrea, the show’s returning champion, took a stab at it, guessing 12, which of course would have been the correct answer before Maryland and Rutgers joined. Once the buzzer sounds, Trebek responds: “I know, it sounds weird.” The

Best of Week 13: A couple big-time West battles

The penultimate Saturday brings us seven Big Ten games for the first time in 2014. The Big Ten West must be watched, as Minnesota plays at Nebraska and Wisconsin travels to Iowa in two division-defining games. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 13. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 13 Interesting factoid: Since carding back-to-back wins over Ohio State in 1987 and 1988, Indiana is 0-20-1 in the series, with the tie coming in 1990. So, yeah, it’s been a while since the Hoosiers were competitive against one of the Big

Best of Week 12: Rematch of 2012 Big Ten title game

There are two non-conference games tucked into this mid-November Saturday, which rarely happens this late in the season in the Big Ten. Northwestern’s trip to Notre Dame could be interesting. But a division title could be center stage: Nebraska at Wisconsin. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 12. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 12 Best storyline: Northwestern travels to Notre Dame. The teams haven’t met since the Wildcats famously went to South Bend in 1995 and stunned the Fighting Irish, 17-15, behind Pat Fitzgerald. That was an opening salvo in

Dienhart: Your team's 2014 cupcake game

Pretty much every team has one game on its schedule that can be viewed as a “cupcake.” Now, that doesn’t mean the team is guaranteed to roll to victory – or even win the game. There’s always the chance a team pulls an upset. That said, here is my easiest game for every Big Ten team. [ MORE: Must-win games | Best chance to pull upset | Rugged stretches ] ILLINOIS A season-opening visit from FCS Youngstown State should offer the chance to shake those orange and blue pom-pons fast and furiously. But don’t take the Penguins too lightly. This