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Dienhart: Get Ready To Embrace Football Playoff

It’s so close, you can see it. There’s one last hurdle to clear. And then, the holy grail of college football will be reached: a playoff. I still can’t believe it. After years of wanting, wondering and dreaming about a college football playoff, it could become a reality as soon as today, when the BCS commissioners will present their playoff proposal to the 12-member presidential oversight committee in Washington. If the guys wearing the mortar boards who sit behind massive mahogany desks in ivy covered ivory towers rubber stamp the idea, it will be full steam ahead to a playoff

After the Fall: Who's Coming Back From Injuries?

Injuries can have a cruel way of twisting the fate of team. Lose a key player and a team’s season can take an entirely different direction. Just ask Purdue, which has had more than its share of key players injured in recent seasons, or Penn State, which saw several key players go down in 2011. As the summer progresses and we get closer to the fall, here’s my look at the top players who are battling back from injuries that cost them some or all of last season. It includes looks at Purdue’s Ralph Bolden and Rob Henry, Wisconsin’s David

Catch Up With Monday's Big Ten Links

It’s Monday. And I have all the top Big Ten grid links right here, including some news on rankings. Who doesn’t love rankings? Am I right, people? Of course I am. The Lincoln Journal Star has assembled a 1-12 ordering of its “dandy dozen” Big Ten players for 2012. What do you think? Having Wisconsin running back Montee Ball No. 1 is what they call in the biz a “no brainer.” But Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead at No. 2? Hmmmm. I’m not so sure about that. Nothing against Rexy. He’s a great back. But I would put Michigan State

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. 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. 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,

Greatest Games: 1998 Purdue at Wisconsin

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