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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

#BTNLive poll: Who's headed back to B1G title game?

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: Which previous Big Ten Football Championship Game participant has the best chance to get the title game back next fall? 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

BTN LiveBIG: Monday Download

Recently, football players from the University of Iowa shared the importance of reading with local students. A sea turtle and snowy owl are getting much-needed care at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. Northwestern University medical students are helping the homeless in Chicago. Problem behavior and school performance are being studied by an innovative new program at the University of Nebraska. Two Rutgers graduates won prestigious Soros Fellowships for New Americans. A University of Maryland professor’s remarkable impact on computer sciences was recognized recently. Finally, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne was honored at the annual Wooden Award Gala last week. 

Dienhart: Wisconsin spring football wrap

Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen inherited some good talent from Bret Bielema, riding that skill to a nine-win season in 2013 that would have culminated with a BCS bowl if not for that Senior Day loss to Penn State. But now, Andersen faces some big voids—especially on defense. That side of the ball was a major emphasis for the Badgers this spring. And, the unit showed some spark during last Saturday’s spring game. Here’s what I learned about that and other aspects of this Badger team as it heads to the offseason. [ MORE: Watch a replay of the Wisconsin spring game