Big Ten Mailbag: What's wrong with Illinois?

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Rex Burkhead Visits "BTN Live"

It’s that time of week again. You’ve been sending me your Big Ten questions all week, and now I offer my answers. On tap this week: What’s wrong with Illinois? How could I have two Big Ten teams headed to BCS bowls in my latest bowl projections? Find my answers inside.

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Remember this: Denicos Allen goes Bobby Boucher?

Saturday, Michigan State hosts Ohio State in one of the week’s top games. Remember what happened the last time these two teams met? Aside from the absolutely putrid offensive effort, that is. Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen provided one of the best highlights of the 2011 season, when he went all “Waterboy” on a sack of Joe Bauserman, pictured above.

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Video Archive: Watch Tom Osborne videos

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Big Ten Icons: Tom Osborne

While Nebraska has only been a member of the Big Ten Conference for a short time, we’ve built up a nice archive of videos that featured Nebraska’s Tom Osborne. Watch a handful of them in this post, including a clip from our show “Big Ten Icons” that profiled Osborne’s coaching days.

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Big Ten links: Quick spin around the headlines

Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) runs for a touchdown on a 45 yard pass completion by Nittany Lions quarterback Matthew McGloin (not shown) in the first quarter at Beaver Stadium.

Big Ten Blast: Sept. 26th Morning Edition


Are the scheduling gods against Penn State? Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror thinks that may be the case. The Nittany Lions are starting Big Ten play on the road for the third consecutive years and seventh time in nine years. Conversely, Ohio State has started Big Ten play with a home game 14 times in the last 20 years.

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Lande's Big Board: William Gholston no longer No. 1

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Russ Lande's Big Board (9/25/2012)

There’s a new No. 1 player on BTN NFL draft expert Russ Lande’s weekly Big Board. Fresh off a 10-tackle performance versus UAB, Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins flipped spots with Michigan State defensive end William Gholston, who held the top spot for the season’s first three installments. Watch Lande explain his reasoning for the switch at No. 1 and break down his latest Big Board now.

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