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7:00 PMMichigan at Rutgers Watch
7:03 PMMinnesota at IndianaWatch
7:05 PMMichigan St. at Penn St.Watch
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8:00 PMMaryland at NorthwesternWatch
8:00 PMPurdue at IowaWatch
8:05 PMLindenwood at MinnesotaWatch
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3:05 PMLindenwood at MinnesotaWatch

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Dienhart: Week 1 To Answer My Big Ten Questions

This is the first edition of a new weekly post where I will look at one key question for each team in a piece called: 12 Teams, 12 Questions. I’ll roll these out every Tuesday and look forward to hearing what you think about your team and your team’s games. Remember: Minnesota plays Thursday, Michigan State plays Friday, and the rest play Saturday. Our Big Ten football scoreboard will be a handy bookmark, but also stay in touch with me on Twitter all week and during games. I’m @BTNTomDienhart and I love to hear from readers. Illinois: The Western Michigan

Before we get started: 2012 B1G football predictions

With the 2012 college football season kicking off Thursday, it’s time to offer my quick predictions. Where will each team finish in the Big Ten standings? I offer my best guesses. Who are some likely breakout players? I mention a few candidates. And who will hoist the hardware at the second annual Big Ten title game? I see history repeating itself. See all my predictions in this post. LEGENDS DIVISION Michigan State 10-2, 6-2 Michigan 9-3, 6-2 Nebraska 9-3, 5-3 Iowa 7-5, 3-5 Northwestern 7-5, 3-5 Minnesota 5-7, 2-6 Champ: Michigan State Best Offensive Player: Denard Robinson, Michigan Best Defensive

Dienhart: My preseason Big Ten bowl projections

The first week of the season is here! Optimism runs high across the nation, as bowl dreams dance in the minds of fans and coaches from across the Big Ten. The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has just 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are banned from the postseason in 2011. So, filling all of those spots may be troublesome, especially if the Big Ten gets two teams into BCS bowls. And the Big Ten has had two teams in the BCS 11 times in the 14-year BCS system including last season with Wisconsin

Yes, that's Wisconsin RB Montee Ball on a Madison Bus

Montee Ball isn’t nicknamed The Bus, but he’s on one in Madison, Wis. Take that, Jerome Bettis. The Wisconsin athletic department put Ball on one Madison bus that will travel throughout the city through the end of September. It’s all part of Wisconsin’s “This Fall Belongs to Ball” campaign that promotes its 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist. [BTN.com: Ball, Big Ten stars sign the BTN tour bus] Ball is fresh off a season in which he tied Barry Sanders’ single-season record for touchdowns (39), and he’ll attempt to chase history again this year, his final in Madison. It should be a

Penn State Practice

Dienhart: A fun look back at the BTN bus tour

The BTN crew spent almost three weeks on the road travelling over 3,000 miles on visits to every Big Ten training camp. We saw a lot of football, talked to a lot of coaches and ate a lot of bananas and beef jerky on our super-deluxe tour bus that was tricked out with two color TVs, two fridges and Wi-Fi that sometimes worked and sometimes didn’t work. Two cases of Red Bull and a box of Twizzlers later, I put a punctuation mark on the 2012 BTN bus tour with a fun look at our circuitous journey from Lincoln to

The Week That Was: Last week's top 10 stories

The wait is over, Big Ten fans. Starting Thursday night, the Big Ten football season is here. The Gophers kick of the 2012 schedule late Thursday night at UNLV, Michigan State hosts Boise State on Friday night, and the conference’s 10 other teams get underway Saturday. Before the games kick off, read last week’s top 10 BTN.com stories. 10. Top 5 individual seasons of BTN era BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. The big day is Aug. 30, to be exact. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks

Track Big Ten News As Football Games Near

We’ve done it all spring and summer, but now that the first week of football is here, it gets even better. Every morning Monday through Friday BTN.com offers up a quick take on the headlines from around the Big Ten. You can find my Big Ten Daily Links them here in case you miss them, or get them via RSS over here. Today: Is Urban Meyer more mellow? Will Fitz Toussaint play against Alabama? What’s ahead for Penn State? How will the new faces at Iowa fare? Can Purdue take it to the next level? Plus, my take on the

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Sign Here: Big Ten stars autograph BTN tour bus

Another BTN summer football tour is in the books. On this year’s trek across the Big Ten landscape, we logged 3,035 miles in the span of 17 days, according to the always accurate @BTNStatsGuy. And at each of the 12 stops, the exterior of our tour bus received a significant upgrade, in the form of 12 autographs – one from each of the players spotlighted on the sides of the bus. See a picture of your team’s representative signing his likeness in this post, plus watch our tour interview with him. ILLINOIS QB NATHAN SCHEELHAASE INDIANA RB STEPHEN HOUSTON [BTN.com:

Wisconsin busts out alternate helmet at practice

Quick, which Big Ten practice is featured in the shot above? You may want to say Indiana – especially if you don’t look at the headline or photo credit – but it’s Wisconsin. On Wednesday, the Badgers practiced in the new red helmets they’ll wear in the Big Ten opener Sept. 29 at Nebraska, and the Wisconsin Football Facebook page snapped this photo. It’s definitely a different look. We’re so used to seeing Wisconsin in its white helmet and red facemask, so this is something that makes you do a double-take. What do Badgers fans think of the look? Read

Web Links: A list of things to watch in Big Ten in 2012

Two stops remain on BTN’s annual summer bus tour. Today, we’re at Michigan State, the reigning Legends Division champ, and then we head to instate rival Michigan before heading back to Chicago. It’s been a fun journey across the Big Ten landscape. Read all my tour coverage here and check out Wednesday’s web links in this post. HUSKER TAKING ADVANTAGE: Brent Qvale has gone from reserve to starting left offensive tackle with the unexpected departure of Tyler Moore. And Qvale looks good. And, it’s better late than never for the fourth-year junior, who will be protecting Taylor Martinez’s blind side.