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Week 1 Polls: Before the 2016 season kicks off Thursday night, pick your Week 1 Big Ten winners.

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Friday Sep 2
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3:00 PMLSU at IndianaWatch
4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
7:00 PMGeorgetown at Rutgers Watch
7:00 PMIowa St. at NebraskaWatch
7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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Oct 17, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Akrum Wadley (25) runs the ball during the second half of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field.

Dienhart: Big Ten West offensive backfield unit rankings

This time last year, few could have envisioned the historic season Iowa was about to enjoy. The Hawkeyes started the season 12-0, a first, and went to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1990 season after playing in their first Big Ten title game. This season shapes up well, too, beginning with a loaded backfield. [ MORE: West offensive lines | West pass-catchers | 2016 Big Ten West predictions ] Here’s my ranking of the offensive backfields in the Big Ten West. 1. Iowa. Things are looking good with QB C.J. Beathard back. The senior is coming

BTN LiveBIG: Inspiring commencements around the conference

Doffing cap and gown, thousands of Big Ten students recently made one of the biggest transitions of their lives. These newly-minted college graduates are poised to face the challenges of an ever-changing world beyond campus. If an education from one of the best universities in the nation wasn’t enough, they also received valued advice from that bastion of the baccalaureate — the commencement speaker — as a parting gift. And this year’s speakers brought both gravitas and levity to graduation days around the Big Ten. From a crusading clinician to the leader of the free world, these addresses are filled

Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Caris Levert (Michigan) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number twenty overall pick to the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Six Big Ten players selected in Thursday's NBA Draft

The 2016 NBA Draft is officially in the books. A total of six Big Ten players heard their name called on Thursday night. See where every Big Ten player was selected.

Athlon: Madison, Ann Arbor land in experts' top college towns

People love to debate top college towns. That being the case, they also love reading stories that rank the top college towns. Athlon Sports knows this, and it recently released its experts’ top 10 college towns. Two Big Ten towns made the cut, with Madison, Wisconsin, coming in at No. 2, behind Athens, Georgia, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, landing at No. 5. State College, Pennsylvania, finished outside the top 10, at No. 13, and Columbus, Ohio, received votes. Anything stand out as unusual? See the full list at AthlonSports.com.

NBA Draft 2015

The best Big Ten draft pick at every NBA Draft position

The Big Ten saw six players get drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Two of the former standouts (Denzel Valentine – No. 14 to Chicago & Caris LeVert – No. 20 to Indiana; traded to Brooklyn) were selected in the first round. With the draft in the books, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the best Big Ten player taken in every spot of the first round, 1-30. Did I miss one? Tweet me your opinions (@BTNSean). 1. Magic Johnson, Michigan State NBA team: Los Angeles Lakers Year: 1979 College stats:

Oct 10, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp (1) leads the offense onto the field against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium. Wisconsin defeated Nebraska 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: Big Ten West receiving corps unit rankings

When you think of Nebraska, you think of ground-pounding offenses. Mike Riley wants to commit to the rush game in 2016. But, he’ll surely also want to take advantage of what looks like the top set of pass catchers in the West Division. [ MORE: Ranking Big Ten West offensive lines | 2016 Big Ten West predictions ] Here is my ranking of the Big Ten West pass-catchers. 1. Nebraska. No shortage of options for QB Tommy Armstrong with seniors Brandon Reilly, Jordan Westerkamp and Alonzo Moore leading the way. And speedy junior De’Mornay Pierson-El is back from injury. He

Take a look at each Big Ten hoops team's 2016-17 conference slate

Earlier this week, the Big Ten released the 2016-17 men’s basketball league schedule. And, as usual, some teams have more challenging draws than others. And that could impact the league race. Most early forecasts have Indiana, Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top. After that, Purdue and Michigan look primed to make a push. And Maryland, Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Northwestern and Ohio State could make moves. Still, the Hoosiers, Spartans and Badgers are the teams to beat … at least in late June. Indiana, the defending Big Ten champ, lost Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams, but Thomas Bryant, James

BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Wisconsin

“On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin, Fight on for her fame…” The University of Wisconsin has an iconic fight song, one that fits nicely with the state’s single-word motto: Forward. And whether it’s the Badgers’ bulwark offensive line or vast ranks of Peace Corps volunteers, you can be sure that they’re moving things forward in Madison. Here are BTN LiveBIG stories that show how students, faculty and staff, and alumni continue to “fight on for her fame” in a variety of fields: The ‘historic’ life of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Wisconsin leads the way in the art of glass   Wisconsin’s Biotron

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Happy Father's Day! Now, let's honor all of those Big Ten dads

It's Father's Day, and that means it's time to honor all of the dads in our lives. The editors of The Journey, our award-winning series, dug through their archives to compile a father-child montage.