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Can Ohio State run table to national title? We asked beat writers

All eyes are on Ohio State as it opens the 2015 season as the first-ever unanimous preseason No. 1 team in the AP poll. [ MORE: Polls: Who wins Week 1 games? | Week 1 Big Ten previews ] The Buckeyes are coming off a 14-1 season, winning their last 13 games en route to claiming the national championship. Can the Buckeyes, who open at Virginia Tech on Monday, run the table this year and win it all once again? I asked some leading Big Ten writers for their opinion on if they think Ohio State can go unbeaten. Ryan

Big Ten links: Ohio State QB, Illinois assistant shakeup & more

If you are waiting on Ohio State to name a starter, you’ll need to wait longer. It won’t happen until the opener on Monday at Virginia Tech. And when game time rolls around, both Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett could see action. In the end, it seems most pundits think Barrett will get the call. But, I don’t think the offense will look much different regardless of who takes snaps, right? *** Mitch Leidner is the starting QB for Minnesota. But the rise of true freshman Demry Croft has some fans eager to see what he’s all about. Croft is

Watch Nebraska defensive players receive Blackshirts on Monday

Few things are more sacred to the Nebraska football program and it fans than the Blackshirts. [ MORE: Get our Big Ten West Division preview ] That was evident in several of the Huskers’ reactions to receiving their iconic Blackshirts in the team locker room Monday. Watch it all in the video above. The player at the end of the video showing all of the emotion, that’s former walk-on and current captain Jack Gangwish. The Blackshirts nickname dates back to the Bob Devaney era and describes the black jersey the defense wears during practice. Read more about the Blackshirts tradition

Watch Rutgers football team dance it off for ice cream

We all scream for ice cream, the saying goes. The Rutgers football team dances for ice cream, too. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our full Gone Viral section! ] The Scarlet Knights held a dance-off at the end of a recent practice, with the winning team earning the right to eat ice cream first. It was a heated competition – even though everyone was guaranteed to get ice cream. The star of the dance-off? That had to be when redshirt freshman defensive lineman Kevin Wilkins and his 6-foot-3, 295-pound body were called to the inside of the circle.

Virginia Tech to wear helmet decal to honor shooting victims vs. Ohio State

The Virginia Tech football team will wear a helmet decal to honor Alison Parker and Adam Ward, the two WDBJ7 employees killed in last week’s on-air shootings, vs. No. 1 Ohio State on Labor Day. The decal features maroon and turquoise ribbons, with Ward’s initials “AW” and Parker’s initials “AP” under each, respectively, placed on each side of a number 7, which represents the station’s channel. The maroon ribbon is for Adam, a Virginia Tech graduate and Hokies fan, and the turquoise signifies Alison’s favorite color. “It’s extremely important that the families and loved ones of Allison Parker, Adam Ward,

Big Ten links: Anthony Zettel, Nebraska season predictions & more

Fun story from Bob Flounders of Pennlive.com on Penn State DT Anthony Zettel. Is there anything he won’t try? He can whip Christian Hackenberg in golf. What else? “I am a better golfer,” Zettel told Flounders.”I beat [Hackenberg] by two strokes. We both didn’t play that great. He’s very competitive. He’s got a big ego and he loves golf, he enjoys it. We both do. But it’s just how it is.” *** Hey, looky here: Ex-Michigan Heisman winner Desmond Howard has picked Michigan State to win the Big Ten. *** How about this: Illinois football games now will be broadcast