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Six Big Ten stars land on Mel Kiper's NFL Mock Draft 1.0

When Mel Kiper Jr. releases an NFL Mock Draft, both college and NFL football fans take notice. [MORE: Top replacements for 2016 | What are J.T. Barrett’s Heisman outlook? | Big Ten’s 2015 football season stands out | Final 2015 football standings ] The ESPN NFL Draft guru released his initial first round mock draft today, and it features six Big Ten names. Check out his Kiper’s full 2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 here. Highlighting the list is Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, who Kiper has going No. 1 overall to the Tennessee Titans. “Every team wants great D-linemen, and Bosa has the

2016 Football Forecast: An early prediction in the Big Ten East

With the 2015 season officially in our rear-view mirror, we take an early peek into the fall of 2016 and how it may shape up. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart presents his premature forecast for the Big Ten East division, and we've included a link for the readers to contribute to the fans' overall prediction from No. 1 to No. 7.

Tom Dienhart's Top 5 players to replace: Minnesota Gophers

In the latest of my stories examining the key departures from each football team, I take a look at Minnesota. Under new coach Tracy Claeys, who took over last year after Jerry Kill abruptly retired due to health concerns, the program is on solid footing with a bowl appearance in each of the last four seasons. The staff has been altered with a new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach. Still, there is momentum coming off a bowl win that capped a disappointing 6-7 season. Claeys has talent to work with in players like QB Mitch Leidner, RBs Shannon Brooks

Dienhart: Vote lets 10-team leagues hold football title game

The Big 12 got its wish, as the NCAA voted to deregulate rules surrounding league championship games. The league can hold a league title game as soon as next season under its current 10-team, one-division configuration. Rules were in place that required conferences to have at least 12 teams and two divisions in order to have a league championship game. But the NCAA vote means that as long as the Big 12 continues to play a round-robin schedule, it can hold a title game. For the record: The vote by the NCAA Division I Council passed 7-2. The Atlantic Coast

Big Ten links: Coaching changes, a new deal and a recruiting analysis

There are some more coaching changes around the Big Ten, but Indiana's Kevin Wilson isn't one of them after landing a new contract. Can James Franklin and Penn State win more than seven games next year? And with football signing day coming up, One writer takes an interesting look at how this season’s final Top 25 actually fared in recruiting the past five years. These stories and more in today's Big Ten news digest.

First-year starting QBs have won 6 of last 7 national titles

Is your team breaking in a new starting quarterback next season? [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl results | View final 2015 polls | Way-too-early 2016 polls ] Don’t worry, it’s not all gloom and doom. In fact, there’s this amazing stat: Six of the last seven national championship teams have had a first-year starter under center. The streak started in 2009, when Greg McElroy helped lead Alabama to the title, and it’s happened every season since except for 2012, when A.J. McCarron and Alabama won its second consecutive crown. For what it’s worth, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin

Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Michigan State

The Michigan State machine rolls on. The 2015 season marked the fifth time in the last six years that the Spartans won double-digit games to go along with three Big Ten championships. And the program has played in major bowls each of the last three seasons, reaching the playoffs for the first time last season. [ MORE: Get all of Tom Dienhart’s players to replace posts ] Mark Dantonio has a strong foundation laid. Players come and go, but the Spartans always play well. That’s a credit to a strong coaching staff that has been marked by stability. Still, replicating

Big Ten Mailbag: J.T. Barrett's Heisman outlook, IU's D & more

It’s time to dig into my Mailbag. What are some of the big non-conference football games next season? Could J.T. Barrett win the Heisman? That and more. [ MORE: Relive all of the 2015-16 bowls on our official bowl page ] With Ohio State’s schedule next year, an early truth-teller will be the Oklahoma game in Norman, Okla. It is OSU’s third game, which may give all of the young Buckeyes a chance to gel before the trip. This will be an early hallmark tilt for the BIG and a chance to show the strength of conference vs. a Sooners

How good was 2015 Big Ten football season? Here are the numbers!

One year after Ohio State claimed the inaugural College Football Playoff national crown, the Big Ten compiled another successful season that saw Michigan State make the national semifinals. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl results | View final 2015 polls | Way-too-early 2016 polls ] A total of six Big Ten teams finished in the final AP poll, released Monday, including four in the top 12: No. 4 Ohio State; No. 6 Michigan State; No. 9 Iowa; No. 12 Michigan. No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 23 Northwestern round out the Big Ten contingent. Here are a couple more 2015 factoids: This is

Big Ten links: It's time to check out Wednesday's headlines

A new NCAA proposal could mean saying “good-bye” to satellite camps and “hello” to text messaging. But I am most bummed to hear there is no early-signing period on the horizon for football. I just don’t get it. Basketball has an early-signing period, but football doesn’t? I think we all know why there isn’t one in football: The big, elite schools don’t want it. *** On the subject of pushing the envelope with rules … if it is Wednesday, Jim Harbaugh must be making headlines. The latest: He plans to spend the night at the home of the nation’s top