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BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten football all year. Check out these links:

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How Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio stack up to game's best coaches

Who is the best coach in college football today? It’s the million dollar question, one that doesn’t necessarily have one correct answer. But while numerous college football minds argue their points, I’m going to settle this the old-fashioned way and let the numbers do the talking. I considered a list of the guys who many believe to be the top coaches in college football and calculated numbers based on five important categories (1. winning percentage; 2. first-place finishes; 3. bowl record; 4. 10-plus win seasons; 5. national championships). I based those categories over the past FIVE seasons (2010-14), for the

Watch Iowa DE Drew Ott defend Solon hay bale toss crown

When it comes to the Solon hay bale toss, there’s no topping Iowa defensive end Drew Ott. [ WATCH: Click here to see Drew Ott defend hay bale toss ] Ott, the event’s reigning champ, recently cleared 13-feet, six-inches to defend his crown in the annual Solon, Iowa, event. Ott competed against Iowa wrestler Lance Evans and former Iowa and NFL defensive lineman Matt Kroul, among others. See Ott’s winning toss and celebration here.

Beat writers select 2015 Big Ten East sleeper teams

Sleepers. There is usually one every season in the Big Ten, a team that doesn’t necessarily win a division or league title but plays better than expected.

Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert shows off ups, dunking skills

Joe Schobert is one of the Big Ten's top returning linebackers. A season ago, the Wisconsin Badger tallied 69 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles. He can jump, too, if you were wondering.

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Penn State's 2014 victory over Rutgers

At 8 p.m. ET tonight on BTN/BTN2Go, we are replaying Penn State’s 13-10 victory over Rutgers in the 2014 Big Ten football season. In a game that was an old-fashion defensive slugfest, from start to finish, it was the Nittany Lions who came through in the clutch and spoiled Rutgers’ Big Ten debut. Bill Belton punched in the game-winning touchdown with 1:13 to play as Penn State erased a 10-point deficit and improved to 3-0 on the season. Christian Hackenberg completed 25-of-44 passes for 309 yards in this game, but it was Penn State’s defense that stole the show, picking

Big Ten links: Mark Hollis honor, QB battles & much more

Congrats to Michigan State A.D. Mark Hollis, who was named chair of the NCAA basketball committee for 2016-17. He will ride shotgun to 2015-16 chair/Oklahoma A.D. Joe Castiglione, one of America’s good guys. “I look forward to continuing the great work of those that preceded me as we look to make the future even brighter for student-athletes that have the desire and passion to earn a college degree while competing in sports,” Hollis said in a statement released by the school. *** Speaking of Michigan State, the Spartans have a revised deal with Nike. It doubles the money MSU will

Big Ten Football: Looking back at top prospects over past decade

The countdown to the start of the 2015 Big Ten football season is on. In 44 days, Minnesota will kick off the college football season with a primetime matchup against TCU. Big Ten fans can expect to see plenty of new faces on the gridiron this season. Last year, we saw the likes of Justin Jackson and DaeSean Hamilton have huge seasons as true freshman. But, did you know neither Jackson or Hamilton were ranked in the top 100 players in 2014 recruiting rankings? This got me thinking about how highly-ranked freshmen have performed since arriving in the Big Ten.

Tom Dienhart's five biggest additions to existing Big Ten football staffs

The Big Ten saw three potentially impactful coaching changes after 2014, with Michigan (Jim Harbaugh for Brady Hoke), Nebraska (Mike Riley for Bo Pelini) and Wisconsin (Paul Chryst for Gary Andersen) altering leadership. But other schools made more subtle changes to their staffs that could have big impacts on their fortunes this fall. Here are the five biggest additions–listed alphabetically–to existing Big Ten staffs. Tim Beck, Ohio State. He pushed the buttons on some good offenses at Nebraska before landing in Columbus as co-offensive coordinator. Beck will work with Ed Warinner, who assumes coordinator chores after Tom Herman left to become