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Big Ten recognizes 28 Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners

The Big Ten announced on Thursday the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2015-16 academic year. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.

Best of Week 9: It's Michigan vs. Michigan State week!

Welcome to Week 9, which has a couple of hefty matchups with Michigan at Michigan State and Nebraska at Wisconsin. And, Northwestern’s trip to Ohio State could be compelling, too. This could be a season-defining Saturday, which features six games. Two schools are off: Iowa and Rutgers. Here is a look at the Best of Week 9. Game of the week: It doesn’t get much better than Michigan-Michigan State. If the Spartans want to repeat as East champs, they need to dispatch hated rival (and fast-rising) Michigan when the Wolverines visit East Lansing. The Spartans are 7-1 in the last

Big Ten links: Recruiting dollars, Brock Lesnar news & much more

When it comes to spending money for recruiting, Nebraska does a pretty good job. Check it out, as Omaha.com lays it out. Nebraska once again outpaced the rest of the Big Ten in recruiting expenditures, spending $3,467,277 from 2012-2015 and $991,818 in the 2015 according to a league-wide analysis by the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette’s Scott Dochterman. Penn State was only other Big Ten team to spend over $3 million in the last four years. *** No shock here: Denzel Valentine was named Michigan State’s male athlete of the year. In my mind, the guy is one of the all-time

Clothes Call: Ohio State to wear 1916 throwbacks for one game

Today, Ohio State announced it will wear an alternate uniform during a game this season in honor of its first three-time All-American, who led the school to its first football conference championship in 1916.

Ranking 2016 Big Ten East non-conference schedules

With the Big Ten playing nine league games for the first time since 1984, there are fewer non-conference tilts with each school playing just three. So, the number of marquee out-of-conference games has been trimmed. Still, there are some intriguing matchups. Here is a ranking of the non-league schedules of the Big Ten East schools, from toughest to easiest. 1. Ohio State. The game at Oklahoma on Sept. 17 should be a doozy and one of the best non-con games in the nation. Each school has national title hopes. And each school has a Heisman-contending QB, with J.T. Barrett facing

Best of Week 8: Ohio State at Penn State highlights full slate

Week 8 features all 14 teams in action in seven games. All eyes will be on two games, one from each division that will go a long way in shaping the races: Ohio State at Penn State and Wisconsin at Iowa. Iowa is 3-5 in its last eight vs. Wisconsin but won last year in Madison to end a three-game slide vs. the Badgers. This will be a key clash to determine pecking order in the Big Ten West, which looks open. When Ohio State comes to Penn State, it will be the Nittany Lions’ annual White Out game. The

Best of Week 7: Buckeyes vs. Badgers headlines this Saturday

In his latest look at the 2016 Big Ten football season, BTN.com's Tom Dienhart dials in on Week 7. There are six league games highlighted by the Big Ten East's Ohio State hitting the road to play the Big Ten West's Wisconsin.

Big Ten links: Harbaugh, rankings & more in Friday's news digest

One writer says Jim Harbaugh calling Nick Saban a hypocrite is something the Big Ten should embrace. Speaking of Harbaugh, he met with baseball legend Hank Aaron recently. In other news, one publication says the nation's top linebacker is ... well, come read it for yourself. Another publication says Nebraska's has the best set of wide receivers in the Big Ten, and the use data to explain why. Friday's news digest is now available.