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Breaking down reigning national champ Ohio State's QB options

Turns out, Urban Meyer isn’t ready to call Braxton Miller a receiver. “I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told the Columbus Dispatch. “It seems like it’s a little bit jumping the gun. Braxton came to see me. … He’s been talking to me about it. We’ve been working at it. But I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.” Thursday night, SI’s Pete Thamel had an exclusive interview with Miller, who said he will be approaching this season as primarily a receiver/H-Back. It would make sense. After all, Miller is recovering from a surgically

Nov 8, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) makes a catch while being defended by Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darian Hicks (2) and runs to the end zone for a touchdown during the second quarter at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking 2015 Big Ten league games: Tom Dienhart’s list, 10-1

It’s time for my top 10 Big Ten league games. [ MORE: Get all of our preseason Big Ten football coverage ] Did you miss the first two installments of this three-part series? If so, here’s 56-31 and 30-11. Now for those top 10 games: 10. Minnesota at Ohio State, Nov. 7. A Big Ten title game preview? Perhaps. Since 1969, Ohio State has lost just twice to Minnesota (1981 and 2000). The Buckeyes won, 31-24, in the Twin Cities last season. 9. Iowa at Wisconsin, Oct. 3. The Hawkeyes have lost the last three games—and five of the last

Watch runners cross Saturday's BTN Big 10K finish line live with BTN2Go

It’s almost time for BTN’s annual Big 10K race in Chicago, and once again you can watch thousands of runners cross the finish line live on Saturday morning. Here’s the link to the live camera page on Details of the Chicago race course for the 10K and 5K are here, but it all starts on the Soldier Field/Museum Campus in front of the BTN Big 10K Fan Fest. The BTN2Go camera will go live at approximately 8 a.m. ET and run through approximately 10:30 a.m. ET. If you want to watch live on your mobile device, make sure you have

Iowa at Minnesota

Beat writers select 2015 Big Ten West sleeper teams

On Wednesday, we took a look at potential sleepers in the Big Ten East. Now, let’s take a look at the Big Ten West. I asked writers from the division who they felt could be a sleeper in the West.

Big Ten links: 'Excuses' out of SEC, Braxton Miller reaction & more

If you have a TV or check the internet, you’ve likely heard at least one SEC coach spew some kind of excuse the last week or so. Well, FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel has a great piece on it, one in which he says this about the conference that hasn’t won the national title in either of the last two seasons after wining the previous seven crowns: “So you’ll have to forgive us if we’re not exactly spilling tears over all the apparent slights that are keeping down the S-E-C, where the “E” apparently now stands for “Excuses.” Thought Big Ten

Michigan State Keith Nichol

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Spartans stun Badgers on 'Rocket' in 2011

At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Michigan State’s memorable 37-31 win over Wisconsin in the 2011 Big Ten football season. This game will be remembered by one simple word: “Rocket.” That is the name Mark Dantonio tabbed Keith Nichol’s game-winning Hail Mary catch to top Wisconsin and knock the Badgers off from the ranks of the unbeaten. After Montee Ball punched in a game-tying touchdown run with 1:26 remaining in the contest, Michigan State got the ball back and had one last shot to win it. With four seconds left, MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins heaved a

If current Big Ten football players formed a basketball team

How good would that guy be at basketball? If you’re an avid sports fan, chances are you’ve probably asked yourself that very question when watching a college football game, or vice versa. Last year, around this time, I wrote a story about if Big Ten basketball players could form a football team. Now, let’s flip the switch. I went ahead and put together a starting five and a sixth man made up of current Big Ten football players. There are so many good choices, so if I missed one, tweet me @BTNSean. Here we go! PG: Drake Harris, Michigan Harris

Mike Phair Q&A: 'We have a ways to go, but there is some young talent'

Illinois has made steady progress under Tim Beckman, going from two victories his first season in 2012, to four in 2013 to six wins last season along with a bowl bid. Now, to take the proverbial next step, the Illini need to improve on defense. That’s why Mike Phair is in town. Beckman tabbed Phair from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to coach the defensive line and serve as co-defensive coordinator alongside coordinator Tim Banks. Phair spent the last 13 seasons in the NFL. He was with the Buccaneers the last three seasons, where he helped coach a front that notched