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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten football all year. Check out these links:

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Big Ten football players offer freshmen to watch this season

Late last week, I asked seven Big Ten players to give me a true freshman who has stood out to them thus far, and who could potentially make an impact in the upcoming 2015 season. Here is part two of the piece, featuring the picks for Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers. Jehu Chesson, Michigan: Alex Malzone, QB. He’s a cool kid. When he first came on campus, he already possessed a lot of things I personally look for in a freshman, especially when it’s a guy who’s going to be throwing me the ball. I look

Big Ten Mailbag: Most important Minnesota unit vs. TCU?

Digging around my email on a hot summer night, enjoying some of the correspondence from devoted visitors to BTN.com. I have gotten a lot of negative responses for a recent story I penned about Connor Cook being the best player in the Big Ten. Cook isn’t even the best player on his own team. Other than your obvious disdain for Ohio State, how can you be thinking this? – Nathan Point taken. The Big Ten has several good candidates for “best player.” Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, any Buckeye quarterback, OSU defensive end Joey Bosa. Maybe Wisconsin running back Corey

Big Ten links: Big Ten media days recap, Riley's good-guy image & more

That concussion incident involving Michigan QB Shane Morris last season vs. Minnesota has resulted in the Big Ten implementing a new protocol in handling injuries. “This has been a work in progress for a couple years,” Big Ten coordinator of football officials Bill Carollo said Friday at the conference’s football media day. “Maybe the situation at Michigan accelerated it, but player safety is paramount as far as we’re concerned. I think this is a step in the right direction.” The step will allow a certified athletic trainer — positioned in the replay booth with personal replay equipment — to have

A.J. Taylor uses 'Monopoly' board to verbally commit to Wisconsin

A.J. Taylor, a four-star 2016 athlete out of Kansas City, Missouri, announced his verbal commitment to Wisconsin on Saturday in a creative way. [ MORE: Like this story? Check out our full Gone Viral section ] Using a large Monopoly game board, appropriately called “Collegeopoly: A.J. Taylor Edition,” Taylor, in front of family and friends, announced his choice. Taylor verbally committed to the Badgers over several other schools, including Big Ten foes Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska and Northwestern. Randy Withers, publisher of KansasGridiron.com, shared Taylor’s announcement via Twitter (@RandyWithersKC). Follow him to see how it all went down. Taylor can’t

Eastern Michigan at Michigan State

Predict It: Who will be 2015 Big Ten passing yards leader?

The Big Ten welcomes back five of its six top passing yards leaders, including last year's winner (Michigan State's Connor Cook). Will a new name finish atop the leaderboard. See our panel's picks.

Reserve your 2015 Big Ten Football Championship ticket with TeamTix

Big Ten TeamTix is back, and if you’re a Big Ten football fan, you must check it out. Team Tix is a way to reserve a ticket for the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship in Indianapolis for as little as $10 today. If your team makes it, you are obligated to purchase each face-value priced ticket associated with each of your reservations. But if your team doesn’t make it, you only forfeit your reservation fee. Tickets can be reserved right here right now using the ticket reservation system launched by the Big Ten in partnership with Forward Market Media (FMM) and BTN. Powered