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Watch our pregame feature on Iowa Kid Captain Lincoln Ortman

Since 2009, 13 of the toughest patients at the Iowa Children's Hospital have participated in Iowa's Kid Captain program. Each young fan is treated to a unique Iowa football experience, and this year, Lincoln Ortman, 5, was first in line.

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett cited for OVI, suspended one game

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett has been suspended for one game after being cited with a misdemeanor offense of operating a vehicle under the influence. A statement from the school says Barrett was stopped at a Columbus police check point early Saturday morning.

Former Michigan State RB Eric Allen, 66, passes away

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Former Michigan State All-American and Big Ten MVP Eric Allen, who set then-NCAA single-game records for rushing yards (350) and all-purpose yards (397) against Purdue in 1971, died Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Tidelands Hospice in Georgetown, South Carolina. He was 66. A three-year letterman (1969-71) and two-time team MVP (1970-71) for legendary head coach Duffy Daugherty, Allen accounted for 4,446 career all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns. He led the Spartans in rushing and all-purpose yards as both a junior and senior. The 5-foot-9, 161-pound Allen made significant contributions as a sophomore in 1969, finishing second on

Purdue football player buys girl surprise birthday present

This is a feel-good story that all Big Ten fans can appreciate. [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Megan Shufflebarger was shopping at Target with her daughter Kinley, looking at toys for her upcoming third birthday. Purdue freshman running back Tario Fuller came over and asked Kinley what her favorite doll was. She showed him the doll

Northwestern players practice in full Halloween costumes

Northwestern’s football team is on a bye week, which means players get a small break from the usual weekly grind. [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule | Polls: Pick Week 9 winners | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | Hear your coach’s teleconference | Big Ten paces Power 5 in bowl teams | Latest polls | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats ] Well, the Wildcats took advantage of their Friday bye week practice, having a little bit of Halloween fun. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald and the players got together to plan a surprise

Field Pass: Watch Rutgers, Wisconsin warm up before kickoff

What do coaches talk to their players about before a big game? Now you can find out! Thanks to our exclusive Field Pass cameras only available with BTN2Go or via our YouTube page, Big Ten fans will get an early live look at both Wisconsin and Rutgers players and coaches before Saturday’s game at noon ET on BTN. This Field Pass link is also the same link you can use to watch the game live on BTN2Go. The YouTube stream will expire before the game and will only show the pregame activities. Here’s how you can see the action! One hour before noon

Four Big Ten stars featured in new 'Nike Snow' commercial

Nike released a new two-minute commercial on Thursday, which features numerous professional athletes going up against each other in a snow football game. Four of those athletes have Big Ten ties: Draymond Green (Michigan State), Le’Veon Bell (Michigan State), Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska), and Carli Lloyd (Rutgers). Watch the incredible commercial at the top of this post. Nike also released a “Behind The Scenes” feature from the commercial. In one segment, they ask Green if he could hit one person with a snowball, who would it be? Green’s response: “It would definitely be a Michigan fan.” Check it out at the

Friday's Hard Takes: A closer look at the Big Ten coaching changes

It’s the last Saturday in October tomorrow. That means it’s time to take one last deep breath as we point toward the finish line. And, already, before the first Thanksgiving turkey is cooked, the Big Ten has three job openings. I look at coaching tumult and other topics in my Hard Takes. It has been a strange year for coaches in the Big Ten. Three schools have seen coaching changes before Halloween. It began with the stunning firing of Illinois’ Tim Beckman a week before the season started, and then Maryland canned Randy Edsall following the Oct. 10 game at

Big Ten links: 1 QB out, 1 WR questionable & a great Jerry Kill story

Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. is out for Saturday, so who steps in? What does Northwestern need to do in the bye week? Tom Izzo has high praise for a new big man - high, high praise. And did you read this story about how Jerry Kill's generosity with children suffering from seizures changed one boy's life? Tom Dienhart gives you one more spin around the Big Ten headlines on this Friday before Week 9 games kick off Saturday.

Five Facts heading into Week 9 of the Big Ten football season

Last weekend finally provided a moment where both Ohio State and Michigan State could exhale. The Buckeyes, behind J.T. Barrett’s five total touchdowns in his first start of the season, took care of Rutgers in New Jersey, narrowly missing a shutout. Meanwhile in East Lansing, Connor Cook finished two yards shy of 400 yards passing as the Spartans rolled to a 26-point victory against Indiana. Both teams head into their bye week’s with the conference’s only 8-0 marks (Iowa will look to join them this week when they host Maryland). [ MORE: Week 9 previews | Week 9 schedule |