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NFL Draft: Where could Big Ten prospects land?

As dominant as both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos were last season, no team in the NFL is perfect. Every organization has a need somewhere, and that is where the NFL Draft comes into play. Some of those needs will be filled by former Big Ten standouts such as Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard and Ryan Shazier. But where will these budding stars call home? Here is a look at the top 10 Big Ten draft prospects and where they could land in next month’s NFL Draft. [ MORE: How this year’s Big Ten draft class stacks up to others

B1G offensive players who deserve more fanfare

Spring football is nearing a close. There are three more spring games Saturday (Iowa, Michigan State, Rutgers), and that will mark the end of the Big Ten’s spring season. With most eyes already on the 2014 season, I decided to rank my top five offensive players (I took some liberties with that number) who should be receiving more attention entering the season. 1. Indiana quarterbacks. Whether it’s Tre Roberson or Nate Sudfeld, or a mixture of the two, under center, the Hoosiers figure to feature the Big Ten’s elite offense. The two signal-callers combined for 3,651 passing yards, 36 TD

College sports could step into future on Thursday

On Thursday, the NCAA Board of Directors is expected to OK a new model of how its organization is run. Bottom line: major changes appear to be coming, as it appears the NCAA is trying to get a lot of this done to thwart multiple lawsuits vs. the Indianapolis institution and also to unplug the union movement. A big anticipated change: The five power conferences are expected to be given autonomy from other leagues. [ MORE: BTN/BTN2Go announces 2014 prime-time football schedule ] What’s it mean? The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac 12 would basically be able

Dienhart: My top 10 Big Ten NFL draft prospects

We are inching closer to the NFL draft. And the Big Ten can only hope the 2014 draft is more fruitful than the 2013 draft. The Big Ten had just one first-round pick in 2013—and it didn’t come until No. 31 overall, when the Cowboys tabbed Wisconsin center Travis Frederick. And there were just four second-round selections: Purdue DT Kawann Short; Michigan State RB Le’Veon Bell; Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins; Wisconsin RB Montee Ball. In all, the Big Ten produced only 22 draft picks, its lowest total since 1994, when it had 21 (and 11 teams, not 12). The prospects

Dienhart: A look at Big Ten's first 11 spring games

Only three Big Ten spring games remain, as Iowa, reigning Big Ten and Rose Bowl champ Michigan State and Rutgers are still conducting spring practices. That means 11 teams have wrapped up spring drills and have their eyes set on the 2014 season. What did Tom Dienhart learn from the spring sessions? Find out in this post. ILLINOIS There are nice options at quarterback. The candidates include Aaron Bailey, Oklahoma State transfer Wes Lunt and experienced backup Reilly O’Toole. But in the end, it will be a shock if Lunt isn’t the starter. He has the look of a big-time

Six B1G players in first round of ESPN Mock Draft

The snow has melted. Spring is here. And that means the much-anticipated NFL draft is just around the corner. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. released his most recent NFL Mock Draft 4.0 this week, and there is plenty of Big Ten love. Six Big Ten players appear in the first round of the mock draft, led by Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who he has going No. 6 overall to the Atlanta Falcons. “While (Greg) Robinson and Jake Matthews are both very good players and should be at the next level, there’s a case to be made that

#BTNLive asks: How many bowl games should there be?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: How many college football bowl games should there be? The choices: #Lessthan20, #21to30, #31to40,  or #AsManyAsPossible How do you vote via social media? It’s simple. On Twitter, just use any of the above hashtags and we will tabulate them. On Facebook, go to BTN’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/BTN) and post your chosen hashtag there. There’s another very easy way to vote via Twitter

Video: J.J. Watt proves he's friends with young fan

We all have professional athletes who we have looked up to at one point or another. Well, former Wisconsin star J.J. Watt took that to a whole new level by posting the following video to his Instagram account. The kids at Trey's school didn't believe that we were friends… A video posted by JJ Watt (@justinjames99) on Apr 15, 2014 at 5:05pm PDT The video shows Watt catching a deep pass from a friend named Trey, whose fellow classmates didn’t believe that he was friends with the Houston Texans standout. “I’m J.J. Watt, and this is my buddy, Trey,” he

If B1G basketball players formed a football team ...

Here’s a question that college basketball fans have probably asked themselves at one point or another: How good would that guy be if he played football? The which-basketball-players-would-be-great-at-football topic always makes for a great conversation point, but rather than pointlessly flirting with the idea, let’s go ahead and actually put it into action. With both the college football and basketball seasons now in the books, I went ahead and put together a 22-man football lineup made up of all Big Ten hoops players from the 2013-14 season. Did I miss someone? If so, tweet me @BTNSean. OFFENSE Quarterback: Josh Gasser,

SportingNews: Meyer, Dantonio Big Ten's best

SportingNews.com decided to rank the Big Ten’s football coaches, and there’s no surprise at the top of the list. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, he of two national titles at Florida, is No. 1, and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, fresh off a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl Game win, is No. 2. [ MORE: SportingNews.com: Big Ten coach rankings ] After the top two, though, the site’s ranking is certain to elicit its share of debate. Pat Fitzgerald is No. 3, even after a 5-7 season, James Franklin is No. 4, despite never coaching a Big Ten game, and Gary