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Unit Rankings: Nebraska highlights Big Ten West special teams

A look at the special teams units in the Big Ten West begins in Lincoln, where the Cornhuskers boast a boffo punter (Sam Foltz), a deadly return man (De’Mornay Pierson-El) and an emerging kicker (Drew Brown).

Video: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh takes to streets of Ann Arbor

It’s been a few days, it seems, since Jim Harbaugh has done something that gets people talking on social media. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our Gone Viral section ] He did something about that Thursday, taking to the Ann Arbor streets with several recruits. There’s proof of it in the four-second video above, courtesy of 2016 recruit Naseir Upshur. Harbaugh is only on camera for about a second, but he doesn’t disappoint. In fact, one Michigan writer has already changed his Twitter icon to commemorate the video.

Big Ten links: Iowa football ticket sales, FOX dream draft & more

Yes, football ticket sales are down at Iowa. But A.D. Gary Barta stands by Kirk Ferentz, the Big Ten’s longest-tenured coach. “My response to you is, Kirk Ferentz is a proven and terrific leader, and he’s won at Iowa,” Barta said in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “I’ve made it clear that I’m 100 percent behind him and I’m 100 percent behind his staff.“ *** Count Lloyd Carr among the growing legion of Jim Harbaugh fans. Mlive.com notes that schools like OSU, Michigan State and Notre Dame continue to establish strong recruiting roots in the Midwest, but Carr

Tonight on BTN/BTN2Go: Iowa's 2007 2OT victory vs. Michigan State

BTN is airing 18 different classic games, ranging from 2007-2014, as part of our new “Big Ten Classics” series. Tonight’s game, which will air at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, is Iowa football’s 2007 double-overtime victory over Michigan State. This game went down as one of the most entertaining contests of the Big Ten season. Trailing 17-3 at halftime, Iowa came storming back behind a dominant running game and defeated Michigan State, 34-31, in a double-overtime thriller. Albert Young led the Hawkeyes’ rushing attack with 179 yards and two touchdowns, while backup RB Jevon Pugh punched in a one-yard TD

'The Victors' No. 2 on ranking of college football's best fight songs

Which Big Ten team has the best fight song? It’s Michigan’s “The Victors,” according to a recent NFL.com ranking, part of its daily 15 for ’15 series. “The Victors” took the publication’s No. 2 spot, behind only Notre Dame’s “Victory March.” Two other Big Ten fight songs made the cut, with “On Wisconsin!” and “Buckeye Battle Cry” opening the ranking at No. 15 and No. 14, respectively. See what NFL.com said about the Big Ten’s fight songs below: No. 15: “On Wisconsin!” A mighty interesting back story, as it was written in 1909 as “Minnesota, Minnesota” because that school was

Unit Rankings: Maryland highlights Big Ten East special teams

There’s offense, defense … and special teams, the often overlooked aspect of football. But, special teams can be the narrow difference between winning and losing. Here's a look at the Big Ten East units.

Big Ten links: Branden Dawson's stock, Danny Etling's new home & more

The NBA draft is Thursday. And Jay Bilas thinks Branden Dawson is a second-round pick. Sounds about right. But I wonder: What position will he play? What offensive skills does he possess aside from grabbing rebounds and scoring on putbacks? *** Sporting News has seven reasons why Michigan-Ohio State meets the hype in 2015—as if you really needed seven reasons. No need to call in Don King. Here is all you need: Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer. Done. I just hope Meyer and Harbaugh stick around for 10 more years. Please, football gods. Let it happen. *** It didn’t take

Ohio State accounts for 7 of 10 Big Ten picks in FOX Sports' fantasy draft

Tuesday brought the second and final day of Fox Sports’ draft of the best players in college football. If you missed it Monday, Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman decided to draft mythical teams, consisting of 25 players (11 offensive starters, 11 defensive starters, backup quarterback, kicker & punter), and put the final rosters to a vote. Michigan State center Jack Allen and Ohio State safety Vonn Bell and guard Pat Elflein were taken on Day 2, after seven Big Ten players were selected on Day 1. This draft, from a Big Ten perspective, was all about Big Ten East powers