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Braxton Miller writes incredible thank you letter to Buckeye fans

Braxton Miller will go down as one of the most liked players in Ohio State history, and that is an impressive list to be on. To thank all of his fans, Miller wrote a heartfelt thank you letter to Buckeye nation on the Players Tribune website. The star quarterback-turned-wide receiver spoke about everything from his upbringing to his favorite players ever to wear an Ohio State uniform. He also talks about his memorable play this season against Virginia Tech. Need a reminder? Here it is! The Braxton Miller spin move, in three beautiful @USATsportsImage shots. — Big Ten Network

Dienhart: My own memories of watching Rod Woodson at Purdue's Tom Dienhart attended Purdue at the same time as Rod Woodson, who was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame on Friday. As a student, Dienhart interviewed Woodson, who was a two-sport star in football and track and field. Read how Dienhart remembers it all in this post.

Three Big Ten stars elected to College Football Hall of Fame

Purdue's Rod Woodson, Wisconsin's Tim Krumrie, and Ohio State's Tom Cousineau were among the 14 players and two coaches announced as members of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame class on Friday. Come see a few video clips of each Big Ten legend.

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa has a tough act to follow. What will the Hawkeyes do for an encore to one of the greatest seasons in school history? Iowa went 12-0 in the regular season, won the Big Ten West and played in the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1990 season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Kirk Ferentz will have a lot of talent back for his 18th edition. The offense will have players like QB C.J. Beathard, RBs LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley, WR Matt VandeBerg, TE George Kittle and three linemen. The

Big Ten links: Football title game vote coming at NCAA Convention

The 2016 NCAA Convention is next week, and a vote will be taken on the Big 12 and ACC's proposal to deregulate rules surrounding league title football games. What exactly does that mean? Also in Friday's Big Ten headlines, two Big Ten football players wrote public letters to fans but for different reasons. Plus, Ohio State is dealing with seeing nine players entered the NFL Draft. Catch up in this post.

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois has to welcome putting 2015 in its rear-view mirror. It was a bizarre season that saw Tim Beckman fired a week before the season started for alleged mistreatment of players. Bill Cubit was appointed interim and then permanent head coach, going a disappointing 5-7 a year after the program made a bowl. Then, A.D. Mike Thomas was fired. The defense made strides, but the offense struggled. The run game was the worst in the Big Ten (129.3 ypg). Things have to improve, right? Cubit will have some talent to work with, as players like S Taylor Barton, E Dawuane

Ohio State voted 'best game day atmosphere' in college football

What is your favorite place to watch a college football game? According to a group of recruits taking part in this weekend’s U.S. Army All-American Game, Ohio State has the best game day atmosphere in college football. The popular recruiting website, 247, conducted a poll of recruits at the high school all-star game. A total of 40 recruits were asked to choose the best game day atmosphere, and 10 of them went with OSU. Alabama came in second with nine votes, while Clemson and Texas A&M each received six tallies. Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State each received

Dienhart: An early 2016 football Top 25? Yes, please! has a very early football Top 25 for 2016. Yes, you knew it was coming because they come every year and we roll our eyes at them and then read them anyway because they're fun to talk about. The national title game for this season hasn’t even been played and college players still can declare for the NFL draft until Jan. 18. Regardless, early, early, early Top 25 lists wait for no one.

Big Ten links: Take a spin through Thursday's headlines

In Thursday's roundup of Big Ten headlines, we've got a good look Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class - how did they turn out? Plus, Michigan State has some holes to fill on offense. Rutgers has a new offensive coordinator who had a near-death experience. And a story on the legacy of Penn State's Christian Hackenberg. Catch up in this post.

BTN LiveBIG: Living 'B1G' in 2015, Part II

Beyond athletics, 2015 was a big year for the Big Ten. On Monday, we looked back at several of the best stories from the previous year from universities in the East Division of the conference. Now, we turn our attention to the West Division. This roundup features Big Ten universities taking on issues that range from world hunger to apocalyptic asteroid strikes. Take a look below. ILLINOIS Illinois professor works to prevent asteroid armageddon Illinois’ Orange Krush drops dimes for team, local community IOWA Hawkeye homecoming queen takes on engineering, international aid and triathlons Hawkeyes get inspirational leadership from ‘Captains’