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2:00 PMMichigan St. at NebraskaWatch
2:30 PMSeattle at MinnesotaWatch
3:00 PMBest of Minnesota at MinnesotaWatch
3:00 PMWisconsin at IowaWatch
4:00 PMMinnesota St. at WisconsinWatch
5:07 PMBemidji St. at MinnesotaWatch
Tuesday Feb 28
7:00 PMN. Dakota St. at MinnesotaWatch
Wednesday Mar 1
4:00 PMJames Madison at MarylandWatch

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Spartans & Badgers Spring Game Preview

The Big Ten wraps up spring drills this Saturday with Michigan State and Wisconsin being the last two schools to finish. And, in some ways, it’s fitting they punctuate spring practices in the Big Ten Conference. The Spartans and Badgers met last season in the inaugural Big Ten title game, with Wisconsin pulling an exhilarating 42-39 victory. Earlier in the season the teams played perhaps the game of the year in the Big Ten, with Michigan State claiming a 37-31 win in East Lansing on a last-second Hail Mary pass from Kirk Cousins to Keith Nichol that forever will be

Tonight on BTN2Go: Wisconsin Spring Game

At 5 p.m. ET Saturday, it’s Wisconsin’s spring game live on  BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. The Wisconsin game will debut on BTN at 8 p.m. ET Sunday. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart delivers three things to watch for during each of these two game. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from the day’s Big Ten spring games at 8 p.m. ET on the “B1G Tonight: Spring Football Edition” with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. This week’s episode will also include an NFL Draft feature on Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus, profiling his rise to excellence from his beginnings

BCS Takes Step Toward Football Final Four

Be prepared to say good-bye to the old Bowl Championship Series system. Or, perhaps you feel more like uttering “good riddance.” Either way, get ready to say “hello” to a college football playoff. That’s correct—a playoff. No, you haven’t died and gone to heaven. It’s true. College football could be crowning its national champion with a playoff as soon as the 2014 season, although there is plenty of work to do before that. The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame have emerged from three days of meetings in Hollywood, Fla., with a plan that will forever change the sport. It won’t

Draft Predictions: Who May Get Picked?

The NFL draft starts at 8 p.m. ET Thursday with the first round, continues Friday with rounds two and three before finishing Saturday with the final four rounds. For Big Ten players, questions linger. Which one will be the first off the board? Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff? Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus? Someone else? Earlier I talked to some experts about a few bigger Big Ten names and you can find links to draft histories for all Big Ten teams over here. Following is a look at which Big Ten players may get drafted and where. TOP PROSPECTS BY

Delany: Rose Bowl not blocking BCS change

(AP) Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says BCS officials are narrowing the field of possible changes to college football’s postseason and the Rose Bowl is not standing in the way of progress. Delany has been meeting with his fellow commissioners, Notre Dame’s athletic director and other college football officials working on overhauling the Bowl Championship Series. Among the options being discussed Wednesday is a four-team playoff that could be held separate from the bowls. Delany says there is “pretty high expectation that there’s going to be change.” He also says he wants the group to proceed with caution. He says:

Bielema makes donation at charity event

We’d like to thank Jeff Potrykus, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for alerting us to this great Bret Bielema story. Evidently, Bielema made an impromptu appearance at the annual Wine & Roses fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin on Saturday at Nakoma Country Club in Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin football coach didn’t only attend the event – he stepped up to the mic, played auctioneer and raised $3,000 for two tickets to his private suite, as well as a pair of sideline passes, at Camp Randall Stadium. How did Bielema end up at the auction, you ask? Consult

Dienhart: NFL Experts on Big Ten Talents

If NFL teams are looking for linemen, they may look to the Big Ten often when the draft kicks off with the first round at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. The Big Ten’s top prospects with the best chance to hear their names called on Thursday are linemen: Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff; Wisconsin center Peter Konz; Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler; Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy; Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus. “It’s a good collection of players,” said NFL Network analyst Charles Davis. In fact, most analyst feel Reiff—who is coming out early–will be the first Big Ten player pick,

NFL.com: All-time Big Ten NFL Draft Picks

The 2012 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night and runs through Saturday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall in New York. To get our readers excited for the three-day marathon of analysis and predictions, we’re taking you on a trip down memory lane. With the help of NFL.com, we’ve linked to the site’s school-specific all-time draft results. Wondering which Illinois players have been selected since the draft’s inception? Find the answer for every Big Ten school in this post. Also, watch our Russ Lunde talk about the NFL draft now. See your team’s all-time NFL draft selections by clicking on

Closer Look At Big Ten Prime Time Games

The news came down today: The Big Ten features 14 home football prime time games that will appear on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or BTN during the 2012 season.Wisconsin at Nebraska, Penn State at Iowa, and Michigan at Nebraska highlight the conference night schedule. Earlier this spring BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart ranked his top 15 Big Ten games for next fall as well as his Top 15 non-conference games. Now read in this post Dienhart’s take on each of the prime time games once Big Ten Conference play begins Sept. 29. Sept. 29 : Wisconsin at Nebraska – 8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Dienhart: Tuesday's Best Big Ten Links

The Big Ten grid links that matter are right here. Come inside and get the latest headlines, from Matt McGloin to the YouTube videos John L. Smith doesn’t want any of us to remember to Michigan and Michigan State’s challenging schedules, among other things. TALKING WITH McGLOIN: Stefanie Loh has a nice Q&A with Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin. Among the interesting questions, McGloin is asked how the new offensive system is better than the old one. His response: “In a lot of ways. I’m not trying to say anything bad about the offense that was here before, because I