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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

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.

Big Ten stars all over 12th annual Herbie Awards

Former Ohio State quarterback and current ESPN lead football analyst Kirk Herbstreit released his 12th annual Herbie Awards on Tuesday morning. The Big Ten, as expected, is well-represented in the popular piece. Herbstreit ranks the nation’s top 5 players/coaches/teams in 25 categories, and the Big Ten received four No. 1 selections. See all of Herbie’s Big Ten honorees in this post. [ESPN.com: 12th annual Herbie Awards] Best Running Backs 2. Montee Ball, Wisconsin Quarterbacks: Dual Threat 3. Denard Robinson, Michigan 5. Braxton Miller, Ohio State Tight Ends: Best In The Biz 2. Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State End Game: Defensive Ends

Web Links: What about those Michigan receivers?

After taking in Penn State practice Monday, we’re headed back west. To East Lansing, Mich., to be exact. We have two stops remaining on our annual tour, and it will be great to see Michigan State and Michigan. You can find all of my tour previews and recaps over here. I’m also providing updates via Twitter. Don’t forget to check out my colleagues @BTNDaveRevsine, @GerryDiNardo, and @HowardGriffith, too. Now, let’s get to my Tuesday links. HIGH HOPES FOR BOILERS: Purdue is finished with camp and brims with optimism. Some questions have been answered. Others still loom. Mike Carmin of the

Top 5 individual seasons of BTN era

Believe it or not, 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 off – I’m spotlighting some of the great careers during our time on the air. I’ll do it in the mold of “Big Ten’s Best,” our popular countdown show that returns this fall for another season of ranking the best in Big Ten history. My fifth list ranks the top five individual seasons of the BTN era. Editor’s note: This list only

SI.com's Andy Staples previews 2012 Big Ten season

SI.com’s Andy Staples knows the Big Ten. Not only does he cover the beat for SI.com, he is a frequent guest of ours on “Big Ten Football & Beyond.” Staples posted his Big Ten 2012 Conference Report on Monday, and it’s a great read. The biggest thing that stands out has to be Staples’ prediction for Purdue: 5-7, 2-6. [SI.com: Big Ten 2012 Conference Report] Here are some of the highlights from Staples’ preview: They’ll be a rematch of the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, with Wisconsin meeting Michigan State on Dec. 1, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium. Wisconsin

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

Another week before the college football season kicks off is in the books. Now, it’s less than two weeks before Minnesota travels to UNLV for the Big Ten’s first game Thursday, Aug. 30. What happened in the last week? Check out BTN.com’s top 10 stories from the week that was in this post. 10. Celebrating 5 years: Top 5 wide receivers of BTN era Believe it or not, BTN will celebrate its fifth anniversary later this month. As a way to celebrate – not to mention kill time before the 2012 season kicks off – I’m spotlighting some of the