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Countdown to kickoff: Big Ten East top newcomer

Our countdown to kickoff series continues, and today it’s all about Big Ten East top newcomers. [ MORE: Top non-conference game | Top under-the-radar game | East must-see game | West must-see game | East most underrated player | West most underrated player | East surprise team | West surprise team | East breakout player | West breakout player | East most exciting player | West most exciting player ] This is always a fun category to consider, because everyone gets excited about the new guys, the players we’ve heard so much about. Who is your leading candidate for Big

What Tom Dienhart will be watching at Indiana football practice

Kevin Wilson has made Indiana a better program in his four seasons. But, he has no bowl appearance to show for it. That may change in 2015. The talent level is at an all-time high under Wilson, who has a good offensive system and an idea of how to win in Bloomington. The offense looks good once again. But, success may come down to an often maligned defense delivering the goods. Here are three things I’ll be watching at Indiana practice. 1. Is the o-line dominating? This has a chance to be a very good front. Maybe even (gasp!) one

Watch the FOX Sports 1 bus arrive at Big Ten Network

Chances are, you’ve heard about the Jim Harbaugh-inspired FOX Sports 1 bus that is traveling from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Salt Lake City, Utah. The bus, decked out in Harbaugh’s go-to outfit, visited Big Ten Network studios Monday morning. Analyst Dave Wannstedt, Cleatus, the FOX robot, and several guys dressed as Harbaugh, among others, filled the bus. Watch the bus’ arrival at Big Ten Network in the video above. Michigan opens the 2015 season at Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Here are a few more shots of the bus:    

Twitter: Get our team's tweets from Rutgers football scrimmage

Saturday night marked the 11th stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | Rutgers scrimmage notes ] Stop No. 11 of 14 had us visiting Rutgers to watch Kyle Flood’s Scarlet Knights scrimmage at High Point Solutions Stadium. After the scrimmage, our bus traveled west toward Columbus, Ohio, where we will watch the defending national champs practice Monday night. Get host Dave Revsine, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo and BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s tweets from the Rutgers scrimmage below. @BTNDAVEREVSINE *** @GERRYDINARDO *** @BTNTOMDIENHART

Football tour notebook: Quick takes from Rutgers practice

The BTN bus has left Rutgers , and now it’s time to share some news, notes and nuggets I gathered while watching the Scarlet Knights. This is a roster that looks more Big Ten-caliber than last year. Even better: Rutgers seems to understand what it is: a tough, physical team that will have to out work and out hit teams to win. On offense, the Scarlet Knights want to go downhill and wear down foes. They have the line and backs to do it. Kyle Flood has his players buying into that mentality. This looks like another bowl team if

5 things Tom Dienhart learned at Rutgers football scrimmage

The annual summer trek through Big Ten country continues as the 11th stop on our tour brought us to Rutgers where we watched the Scarlet Knights scrimmage Saturday night. Here are the fives things I learned at Rutgers. 1. The defensive line should be good. End Kemoko Turay was a revelation last season in his debut, but he missed Saturday’s scrimmage with injury. Senior Darius Hamilton, who could be one of the best tackles in the Big Ten, also didn’t play Saturday. He lacks great bulk but is quick off the ball. RU needs both of these guys 100 percent.

Buckeyes voted first unanimous preseason No. 1 in AP poll history

Defending champs Ohio State is the first unanimous preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll in the history of the poll, which dates back to 1950. The Buckeyes got 61 first-place votes from the media panel in the rankings released Sunday. Michigan State is ranked No. 5 in the AP poll, one spot up from the Spartans’ No. 6 ranking in the Coaches’ poll. Wisconsin rounds out the Big Ten teams in the AP poll at No. 20. The full poll is here. Our Summer Football Tour stops in Columbus on Monday with full coverage on BTN

What Tom Dienhart will be watching at Ohio State practice

So, what does Ohio State do for an encore coming off a stunning 14-1 national championship season? How about winning another crown? The reigning kings of college football have it all going on, as Urban Meyer features a loaded roster. Will this team lose a game this season? Hmmmm. Some issues may arise to derail the mighty Buckeyes. Here are three things I’ll be watching Monday at practice. 1. How do the quarterbacks look? This is obvious, right? I mean, no position in America has been scrutinized more that the Ohio State quarterback spot. Junior Cardale Jones and sophomore J.T.

Football tour notebook: Quick takes from Maryland scrimmage

The BTN bus has left Maryland, and now it’s time to share some nuggets I gathered while watching the Terrapins scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Byrd Stadium. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Maryland tweets ] Senior Brandon Ross and junior Wes Brown are battling to see who will be the No. 1 running back. Each took turns rotating today. Ross limits mistakes, which is a trait the staff likes. Brown is a physical specimen who is still looking to hit his stride. Is either a top back? Depth was hurt when Jacquille Veii and Albert Reid