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The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to look back at the most popular stories from the week that was. Here are our top 10 most read posts from the past week. Enjoy, Big Ten fans. 10. Iowa’s new practice facility taking shape The Iowa football team will have a new indoor practice facility when it opens practice in August. The 100,000-square foot, fixed-roof facility is a vast improvement over “The Bubble” that the team has used the past 27 years. With August fast approaching, @HawkeyeFootball tweeted a few pictures of the facility. 9. CBSSports.com ranks BCS teams since 2007

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BTN School Days: Wisconsin Badgers

No disrespect to the Wisconsin football team, which advanced to its second consecutive Rose Bowl, but the Badger men’s cross country team highlighted the school’s 2011-12 athletic year. The Badgers took their 13th consecutive Big Ten title, posting the second-lowest team score in history (17), and won the NCAA crown, the Big Ten’s first since 2005. Along the way, Mohammed Ahmed set a Big Ten record 8K time (23:18) at Big Ten Championship and won Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Mick Byrne won Big Ten Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year. Catch Wisconsin Day

Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) celebrates after scoring a touchdown with center Travis Jackson (63) during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Listen Up: Send Us Your Big Ten Questions

It may only be the beginning of July, but Big Ten fans are craving football. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart answers all of your college football questions and others in his regular Big Ten reader mailbags. Wondering about 2012 season predictions? Or players to watch? Use the submission form in this post to pepper our expert with your football questions and comments. Dienhart uses the best notes in each mailbag, and he’s on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart) and Facebook, too. And don”t forget that we’re taking your nominations for future classic football games for “The Big Ten Greatest Games.” Those emails are rolling in,

Athlon Sports ranks top 25 Big Ten Heisman Candidates

Coming up with 25 national candidates for the Heisman Trophy is difficult enough, so it’s easy to understand what Athlon Sports must have gone through while compiling its Big Ten’s 25 Heisman Trophy Contenders. Twenty-five, really?! Let’s focus on the top 5, what do you say? Here it is: 1. Denard Robinson; 2. Montee Ball; 3. Rex Burkhead; 4. Braxton Miller; 5. Taylor Martinez. Not many surprises, although some would say Ball, a Heisman finalist a year ago, should be No. 1. The biggest eyebrow-raiser might be Miller at No. 4. The Ohio State sophomore QB has all the tools,

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Suggestion Box: Nominate Your Big Ten Greatest Game

“The Big Ten’s Greatest Games” for football and basketball is a popular program for our TV viewers and online readers. Each year we dig through the archives and roll out new episodes featuring games from the past. For example, that classic 1989 Big Ten basketball finish between Illinois and Indiana featured in our ongoing series “I Hit It To Win It” (watch the video in this post). We also like to hear suggestions from our Big Ten fans. Is there a game you’d like to see make it into the rotation? Let us know via the box in this post.

Commissioners reach consensus on playoff plan

(AP) The BCS commissioners reached a consensus Wednesday on a model for a four-team, seeded playoff that will be presented to the university presidents next week for approval. All that’s left is for the presidents to sign off and major college football’s champion will be decided by playoff come the 2014 season. The commissioners have been working on reshaping college football’s postseason since January. The meeting Wednesday was the sixth formal get-together of the year. They met for four hours and emerged together with a commitment to stand behind a plan. [AP: College football closes in on playoff — finally]

NCAA releases academic progress rate (APR) scores

The NCAA released its latest academic progress rate (APR) scores Wednesday, and the Big Ten received favorable results. Not only did all 12 Big Ten football and men’s basketball teams avoid penalty, Northwestern football compiled the highest score in the FBS. See how Big Ten football and men’s hoops teams did in this post. For a point of reference, any score of 930 or below results in penalty, ranging from scholarship reductions to a postseason ban. FOOTBALL Northwestern: 995 Ohio State: 988 Wisconsin: 975 Penn State: 971 Nebraska: 966 Indiana: 964 Purdue: 950 Illinois: 953 Iowa: 949 Michigan State: 943

CBSSports.com ranks BCS teams since 2007

It’s anyone’s guess what the future of college football’s postseason holds. Will there be a four-team playoff? A plus-one? Or will it be the status quo? Whatever it may be, CBSSports.com’s Brett McMurphy posted an interesting article that ranks the nation’s top teams using final BCS Standings since 2007. Where do Big Ten teams land over the last five seasons? Find out in this post. Big Ten – Since 2007 2. Ohio State 79 13. Wisconsin 46 20. Penn State 35 22. Michigan State 34 28. Nebraska 19 33. Iowa 17 38. Illinois 13 38. Michigan 13 52. Northwestern 3

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Debate It: Big Ten Fans Have Spoken

When BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and I decided to debate 2012 Big Ten football statistical leaders a couple months ago, we made it a point to let Big Ten fans have a say, as well. We did so by including a poll and incorporating relevant tweets in each statistical debate. The 11-series installment now complete, check out who Big Ten fans predict to lead the conference in categories ranging from scoring to sacks. Big Ten Fans’ 2012 Statistical Leaders SCORING: Wisconsin RB Montee Ball – 46 percent of votes My take: Easy choice. If anything, it’s a surprise Ball

Big Ten, Ivy League to study head injuries in sports

The Big Ten Conference and the Ivy League, in conjunction with the Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), have announced plans to engage in a co-sponsored, cross-institutional research collaboration to study the effects of head injuries in sports, continuing efforts dating back more than two years. This historic collaboration brings together two prestigious academic and athletic entities, and allows for the coordination of ongoing efforts by each conference to research and address various aspects of head injuries in athletics, including concussions. The world-class academic and research capabilities of the institutions will help to promote a collaborative and collegial atmosphere