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Big Ten Football: Looking back at top prospects over past decade

The countdown to the start of the 2015 Big Ten football season is on. In 44 days, Minnesota will kick off the college football season with a primetime matchup against TCU. Big Ten fans can expect to see plenty of new faces on the gridiron this season. Last year, we saw the likes of Justin Jackson and DaeSean Hamilton have huge seasons as true freshman. But, did you know neither Jackson or Hamilton were ranked in the top 100 players in 2014 recruiting rankings? This got me thinking about how highly-ranked freshmen have performed since arriving in the Big Ten.

Tom Dienhart's five biggest additions to existing Big Ten football staffs

The Big Ten saw three potentially impactful coaching changes after 2014, with Michigan (Jim Harbaugh for Brady Hoke), Nebraska (Mike Riley for Bo Pelini) and Wisconsin (Paul Chryst for Gary Andersen) altering leadership. But other schools made more subtle changes to their staffs that could have big impacts on their fortunes this fall. Here are the five biggest additions–listed alphabetically–to existing Big Ten staffs. Tim Beck, Ohio State. He pushed the buttons on some good offenses at Nebraska before landing in Columbus as co-offensive coordinator. Beck will work with Ed Warinner, who assumes coordinator chores after Tom Herman left to become

Big Ten links: Saban responds to Plaxico Burress, NU reunion & more

Surely you saw Plaxico Burress blast Nick Saban last week. Quickie recap: Burress, the former Spartans All-Big Ten receiver, tweeted that Saban advised him to stay in school following his junior year because he was not projected to be a first-round draft pick. Plax didn’t stop there. He also tweeted that in his departure for LSU, Saban “committed to the program” in a meeting with players and then reversed course and “was gone the next day” It was delicious stuff. Well, Saban has responded in typical Saban fashion. *** Surely you noticed the barrage (avalanche?) of watch lists recently unfurled

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Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Maryland's 2014 road win at Michigan

At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Maryland’s 23-16 victory over Michigan in the 2014 Big Ten season. Maryland scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and locked up a spot in a bowl game with the win. C.J. Brown passed for 165 yards and added a team-high 87 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but the biggest score of the game came from running back Wes Brown, who plunged into the end zone for a go-ahead score with 5:59 left. Maryland kicker Brad Craddock was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals, all coming in the

Check out Tom Dienhart's 2015 Ultimate Big Ten Football Road Trip

We all have dream vacations. Some of us would like to go to Aruba. Others to Spain, Australia or perhaps Japan. All good choices. But no trip could possibly top this dream junket through the 2015 Big Ten schedule.

Hungry? Here's your Big Ten school's top game-day restaurant

The Big Ten doesn't just boast some of the top fan bases, stadiums and campuses in the nation. It's also home to some of the best college eateries. See our survey's pick for every school's top establishment.

Vote Ohio State vs. Alabama & Michigan State vs. Baylor as top game of 2014

ESPN is asking fans to rank their top games of the 2014 college football season. Two of the games involve Big Ten teams, and both happened during the conference’s successful bowl season. There is Ohio State’s victory over No. 1 seed Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl, part of the inaugural College Football Playoff, and there is Michigan State’s thrilling comeback win over Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl. Both games are extremely worthy of inclusion in this countdown. Go here to vote for Michigan State and Ohio State’s games.    

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Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Illinois' 2007 win vs. No. 1 Ohio State

At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Illinois’ memorable 28-21 win over Ohio State in the 2007 Big Ten football season. Juice Williams threw for 140 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 70 yards on the ground, as the Illini beat the top-ranked Buckeyes in Columbus. The triumph marked the program’s first road win over a No. 1 team and its first win over a top-ranked team in more than 50 years. Not only that, it snapped Ohio State Big Ten-record 20 game-winning streak. Illinois’ run game was near unstoppable, racking up 260 rushing yards against a