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Clothes Call: Northwestern to sport new helmets vs. Duke

One week after we saw Northwestern break out some American Flag-themed helmets, it looks like the Wildcats will have a new look in Saturday’s matchup against Duke. [ MORE: It’s time to select your Week 3 Big Ten football winners ] Northwestern’s official Twitter account, @NU_Sports, tweeted out a GIF of the new-look helmets, which can be seen at the top of this post. From the looks of it, the Wildcats will go with their all white uniforms in a game many are referring to as the “Brain Bowl.” The Wildcats and Blue Devils are set to kickoff at 12:30

Debate it: How many wins to consider 2015 a 'successful' year for Michigan?

Jim Harbaugh is off to a 1-1 start in his first season as Michigan’s head football coach. After a hard-fought 24-17 loss at Utah in Harbaugh’s debut, the Wolverines bounced back with an impressive 35-7 blowout victory over Oregon State in Week 2. UNLV comes to Ann Arbor this weekend. A win would put the Wolverines above .500 for the first time since Sept. 23, 2014, nearly a full year ago. With that said, I proposed the following question to BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart: How many wins would it take to consider 2015 a “successful” year for Michigan? We

Tom Dienhart's Week 3 opinions, observations and hard takes

Penn State needs to get Christian Hackenberg on track. Don’t you wonder when Michigan State will start to get more props? Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong deserves more credit. These are just three of the ten thioughts BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on the day before Week 3 football games kick off.

B1G Beat Writers: Top Big Ten football players to follow on Twitter

When it comes to sports, Twitter is the ultimate breaking news source. It also serves as an outlet for great individual personalities, including Big Ten football players. [ MORE: Week 3 schedule | Week 3 previews | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Player Rankings | Latest polls | Big Ten Mailbag | Like GIFs? Click here! | Check out these Nebraska cleats | Pick your Week 3 winners | Get all of our Week 3 coverage ] But, which players are the best follows on Twitter? I asked one media member from every Big Ten school to give me

Big Ten links: Catch up on Friday's Big Ten football headlines

Wisconsin RB Corey Clement could be out until the Badgers open their Big Ten season. Ohio State left a school's name off their trophy. A detailed look at Braxton Miller's transition. And no football ticket price increases any time soon for at least one Big Ten school. We touch on these stories and more in Friday's Big Ten links.

Ohio State national championship trophy leaves off Michigan

The Woody Hayes Athletic Center, on the campus of Ohio State, features an incredible new trophy display. Included in the display is the must-see 2014 National Championship Trophy, which features a list of all 15 games from the Buckeyes’ 2014 title run. However, the trophy happens to be missing the name “Michigan” on it. If you take a look at the photo above, OSU’s opponent on Nov. 29 is listed as “TUN,” which of course stands for “Team Up North.” That is the term the Buckeyes use to refer to their Big Ten rival school. Should Michigan fans be surprised

Best of Week 3: Nebraska's trip to Miami earns top billing

Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs battled for the national title three times, after the 1983, 1994 and 2001 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams. Still, it will be a fun trip to south Florida for the Cornhuskers, who can send a message with a convincing win under first-year coach Mike Riley. Pitt’s trip to Iowa will be a good measuring stick for Kirk Ferentz’s crew, which

Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott asks Taylor Swift out on a date

It was just two months ago when Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones set the social media world on fire after asking UFC star Ronda Rousey out on a date via Twitter during the ESPY Awards. Now, it looks like teammate Ezekiel Elliott is stealing a page out of Jones’ book. Elliott took to Twitter on Thursday morning, asking pop star Taylor Swift if she wanted to “grab something to eat” following her concerts at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday and Friday night. Check out the tweet at the top of this post. In just over two hours of

Which first-year Big Ten coach wins the most games in 2015?

Which first-year Big Ten coach will win the most games in 2015: Nebraska’s Mike Riley, Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst or Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh? Each is off to a 1-1 start this season. And each coach teems with promise and potential. I asked some leading college football media members what they thought. Read what they told me. Bill Bender, Sporting News: Paul Chryst. Look at the schedule. No Ohio State, Michigan State or even Michigan. The Badgers’ schedule is set up for at least nine wins; maybe more if they can win at Nebraska and Minnesota. [ MORE: Week 3 schedule |