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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

NFL.com puts 4 B1G stars on Heisman candidates list

NFL.com continues to churn out its 14 for ’14 lists, and it was the nation’s top 14 Heisman Trophy candidates turn Monday. Braxton Miller led a quartet of Big Ten representatives, at No. 3, behind reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. See NFL.com’s Big Ten Heisman contenders list in this post. [ MORE: NFL.com: Top Heisman Trophy candidates for 2014 ] No. 3 Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State “Miller performed at a high level in the second half of the season, showing he completely had adapted to the version of the spread offense favored by coach Urban

Best of Week 11: Urban Meyer vs. Mark Dantonio Part III

Ohio State’s trip to Michigan State could be the game of the year in the Big Ten, as both schools look like the favorites to win the conference crown. They met in the Big Ten title game last season, with the Spartans dumping the Buckeyes to earn their first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1987 season and end OSU’s 24-game winning streak and national championship hopes. Here’s a breakdown of the best of Week 11. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 11 Interesting factoid: In a bit of scheduling quirk, this

Athlon Sports preseason 2014 All-Big Ten teams

Can you smell it in the air Big Ten fans? The 2014 college football season is just around the corner. Our friends over at Athlon Sports recently released their 2014 Big Ten Football All-Conference teams. Big-time names such as Braxton Miller, Melvin Gordon and Shilique Calhoun highlight the list, which consists of first, second, third and fourth All-Big Ten teams, as well as a team-by-team breakdown of players selected. Without further ado, here is a look at the teams and some instant thoughts on the picks. [ MORE: Dienhart: Your team’s 2014 must-win game ] First-Team Offense QB Braxton Miller,

Best of Week 10: Calendar flips to November

The calendar now says “November.” And, as coaches are known to say: “November is when they play the games to remember.” But this Saturday lacks any apparent marquee games, although that could change depending on how things unfold. Looking at you, Northwestern at Iowa. Here’s a look at the best of Week 10. [ MORE: Get all of Dienhart’s preseason schedule analysis ] BEST OF WEEK 10 Best storyline: Purdue will be making its first trip to Lincoln, Nebraska—and one of Bo Perini’s best teams will be waiting. The Cornhuskers smashed Purdue last season in West Lafayette, taking a 44-7