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BTN School Days: Wisconsin Badgers

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Big Ten Icons: Barry Alvarez

No disrespect to the Wisconsin football team, which advanced to its second consecutive Rose Bowl, but the Badger men’s cross country team highlighted the school’s 2011-12 athletic year. The Badgers took their 13th consecutive Big Ten title, posting the second-lowest team score in history (17), and won the NCAA crown, the Big Ten’s first since 2005. Along the way, Mohammed Ahmed set a Big Ten record 8K time (23:18) at Big Ten Championship and won Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Mick Byrne won Big Ten Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year.

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Listen Up: Send Us Your Big Ten Questions

Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) celebrates after scoring a touchdown with center Travis Jackson (63) during the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Game of the Year: Wisconsin vs. Michigan - 2012 Football Championship

It may only be the beginning of July, but Big Ten fans are craving football. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart answers all of your college football questions and others in his regular Big Ten reader mailbags. Wondering about 2012 season predictions? Or players to watch? Use the submission form in this post to pepper our expert with your football questions and comments.

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Denard Robinson hangs with MLB star David Wright

What happens when one of the best college football players and one of the best MLB players meet in front of cameras? They swap jerseys and create a photo op, of course. Michigan QB Denard Robinson and New York Mets 3B David Wright donned each other’s jersey in the Mets clubhouse prior to Friday night’s game vs. the Yankees. Robinson, it would seem, was in New York because Mets owner Fred Wilpon is a Michigan graduate (1958) and a big-time Wolverine fan. See the @Mets picture of Robinson and Wright in this post.

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Kirk Ferentz buys "Stanzi" print, complete with quote

It’s been a few years since Ricky Stanzi became a cult hero. If you don’t remember the exact moment, it happened when the former Iowa QB gave Fox’s Chris Meyers this quote following the 2010 Orange Bowl: “There is nothing better than being American. This is the greatest feeling. If you don’t love it, leave it. USA, No. 1.” The quote reads great, but it’s even better when you hear it.

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Athlon Sports ranks top 25 Big Ten Heisman Candidates

Coming up with 25 national candidates for the Heisman Trophy is difficult enough, so it’s easy to understand what Athlon Sports must have gone through while compiling its Big Ten’s 25 Heisman Trophy Contenders. Twenty-five, really?! Let’s focus on the top 5, what do you say? Here it is: 1. Denard Robinson; 2. Montee Ball; 3. Rex Burkhead; 4. Braxton Miller; 5. Taylor Martinez.

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Suggestion Box: Nominate Your Big Ten Greatest Game

Greatest Games: 1998 Purdue at Wisconsin

I Hit It To Win It: Nick Anderson

“The Big Ten’s Greatest Games” for football and basketball is a popular program for our TV viewers and online readers. Each year we dig through the archives and roll out new episodes featuring games from the past. For example, that classic 1989 Big Ten basketball finish between Illinois and Indiana featured in our ongoing series “I Hit It To Win It” (watch the video in this post).

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