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Ohio State, Michigan highlight B1G Players to Watch

Before Big Ten media days kick off in a couple of hours in Chicago, the conference released its official Big Ten Players to Watch early Wednesday morning. The list includes 10 players – five from both divisions – and Michigan (Devin Gardner & Taylor Lewan) and Ohio State (Braxton Miller, Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier) account for half of the representatives. See the full list in this post. B1G Preseason Players to Watch–Leaders Div: Miller (QB, OSU), Roby (CB, OSU), Shazier (LB, OSU), Robinson (WR, PSU), Borland (LB, Wisc) — Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) July 24, 2013 B1G Preseason Players

Athlon Sports ranks top 300 fantasy college players

BTN.com just conducted a very brief 2013 Big Ten football mock draft. Tuesday, Athlon Sports released it top 300 college fantasy football players. As expected, there are plenty of Big Ten players listed, headlined by Ohio State QB Braxton Miller (No. 4). See the full Big Ten list in this post. [ AthlonSports.com: College Fantasy Football: Top 300 for 2013 ] 4. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State 17. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska 26. Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern 45. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska 46. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin 74. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State 88. Donnell Kirkwood, RB, Minnesota 93. Jeremy

Here's the 2013 Big Ten media days schedule

Ready for Big Ten media days? The festivities start Wednesday morning at the Hilton Chicago, so it’s time to post the two-day schedule of events again for Big Ten fans. See Wednesday’s full schedule of press conferences and view the list of standout players who are attending the event in this post. BTN/BTN2Go will provide live coverage from the event at 11 a.m. ET Wednesday. Mike Hall and Derek Rackley host the coverage that will include all the day’s press conferences. Fans can track each day’s activities by following BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) on Twitter. Both also

Dienhart: 101 Big Ten media day questions - Part II

Big Ten media days kick off Wednesday at the Hilton Chicago. There will be no shortage of questions, but not all of them will be posed or answered. I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we await the 2013 season. So, for a little fun, I shared my questions with colleague Brent Yarina to see his answers. We broke the activity into two parts, and here’s the second installment. Have any other questions you want me to ask a player or coach? Send it to me in the comment section at the bottom of this post or

Badgers' McEvoy victim of 'strong armed robbery'

Tanner McEvoy, a member of the Wisconsin football team, was the victim of what Madison police are calling a “strong armed robbery” early Sunday morning in Madison. He suffered minor injuries and had his wallet, watch, and iPhone stolen. He resumed team activities on Monday. Here is the incident report for the Madison Police Department. The police are investigating the incident and believe it was a random occurrence. “First and foremost, we are happy that Tanner is physically OK after this attack,” Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. “It’s terrible to get a call about something like this but we are

Dienhart: 101 Big Ten media day questions - Part I

Big Ten media days kick off on Wednesday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2013 season. So, for a little fun, I shared my questions with colleague Brent Yarina to see his answers. We broke the activity into two parts, and you can see the first installment here. Have any other questions you want me to ask a player or coach? Send it to me in the comment section

Best Case/Worst Case: 3-time reigning champ UW

The Badgers have become the bellwether for the Big Ten, advancing to the last three Rose Bowls. Their quest to make it four in a row is complicated by Leaders Division rival Ohio State being eligible to win the Big Ten and play in a bowl after being on probation last season. Another potential hurdle: Wisconsin must adapt to a new coach in Gary Andersen. Still, there is a lot to like about this team. Here is my best- and worst-case scenarios for the Badgers in 2013. [ RELATED: Visit Dienhart’s Best Case/Worst Case archive ] Best-case: The Badgers cruise

2013 Big Ten title game tickets go on sale Saturday

Tickets for the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. ET Saturday. The third annual Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played on Saturday, December 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with kick-off set for 8:17 p.m. ET. The Championship Game will be broadcast nationally on FOX. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets will range from $50 to $90, depending on the seat location and each order will be limited to eight tickets. In addition, every Big Ten Football Championship

Did You See This? Watt shows off unreal athleticism

J.J. Watt is a freak. There’s really no other way to describe the former Wisconsin standout defensive lineman. The guy is as athletic as they come – yes, even with a 6-5, 289-pound frame – and the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year proved it in a quick YouTube video that captures him nailing a 59.5-inch box jump. Yes, 59.5 inches. That’s one-half inch short of five feet, for the non-math majors, and it means he can practically jump on your shoulders – from a STANDING position. Incredible. Scary thing is, Watt’s flying higher and higher the older he gets.

Video: Which B1G jersey has changed most in BTN era?

Believe it or not, BTN is about to cover its seventh Big Ten football season. That’s a good chunk of time. It’s an eternity nowadays, as far as uniforms are concerned. Home to some of college football’s most iconic looks (Michigan and Penn State, to name a couple), the Big Ten has experienced its share of aesthetic changes since 2007. This is hardly hard-hitting material, I know. But it’s the middle of July, football is a month-plus away, and football posts are better than no football posts. Right? I hope that’s a “right.” No school has changed more than Northwestern.