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Video: Ohio State pulls off dummy prank to amazing success

Some things just don’t get old. Like, for example, the classic uniform dummy pranks. [ MORE: You have to see this Urban Meyer sculpture made out of butter ] Never seen one before? Watch Ohio State’s quarterback intern coach Mike Hartline, the brother of former Ohio State wide receiver Brian Hartline, execute it perfectly above. If you remember, Michigan State did something similar two years ago. Basically, the prank consists of someone dressing up in full uniform, standing still – resembling one of the mannequins showing off the team’s several uniform combinations – and scaring anyone who approaches. Cardale Jones

Big Ten East sweeps SI.com's list of top Big Ten 2016 NFL Draft prospects

It was the Big Ten’s turn Monday in SI.com’s conference-by-conference look at the top 2016 NFL Draft prospects. The publication ranked the Big Ten’s top 10 pro prospects, and all 10 play in the Big Ten East – more specifically, Ohio State (4), Michigan State (3), Penn State (2) and Rutgers (1). Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott top the list. Not surprisingly, those two claimed defensive and offensive player of the year, respectively, in cleveland.com’s annual preseason Big Ten poll. Here’s a snippet of what SI.com said about Bosa: The NFL will have to

50 questions to ponder in advance of 2015 Big Ten media days

Every media day, writers arrive in Chicago with no shortage of questions. For fun, and in anticipation of the event Thursday and Friday, I sat down and jotted down some of the first queries that came to mind. Here are 50 vexing questions to ponder at Big Ten media days: 1. How will the Buckeyes deal with being the hunted?2. Is Michigan’s offensive finally good? 3. Who will emerge at receiver for Maryland? 4. Who will start under center for Ohio State? 5. Can Northwestern reverse a disturbing two-year 5-7 funk? 6. Is the Indiana defense ready to show some

Watch Ohio State QB Cardale Jones playfully toss young boy in pool

When it comes to social media stars in the Big Ten this summer, it doesn’t get much bigger than Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones. [ MORE: Like this post! Check out our Gone Viral section ] He’s right up there with new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who has received non-stop attention for his activity on Twitter, and that says a lot. Jones, a third-string quarterback just a year ago, is about to hit 230,000 followers. He’s so popular on the platform, tweets about him often become a big deal, too. For example, the videos above and below, tweeted by teammate

Ohio State dominates annual Big Ten football media preseason poll

Cleveland.com released its fifth annual Big Ten preseason football poll Monday, and it was all about reigning national champion Ohio State. All 40 voters from around the league picked the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten, while they also tabbed RB Ezekiel Elliott and DE Joey Bosa as offensive and defensive player of the year, respectively, in landslide decisions. Bosa garnered 37 of 38 first-place votes, with Maryland’s William Likely taking the only other top vote, and Elliott took 31 of 39. The West champion was a runaway winner, too, as Wisconsin tallied 32 first-place votes, to Nebraska’s five and

Big Ten links: Michigan State tickets, Kirk Ferentz feature & more

The great Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a nice piece on Paul Chryst, who is in good hands with Barry Alvarez. Alvarez explained why he believes Chryst, who will turn 50 in November, is better prepared to run UW’s program than he was before he left Madison. “I like what I’ve seen,” Alvarez told Potrykus. “How he manages his vision for a program, how he deals with his assistant coaches and how he delegates. “I love my conversations with him about his vision, what he sees with the players and how he wants to bring them along.”

Keith Nichol Q&A: Looking back at the play known as 'Rocket'

It was nearly four years ago that Keith Nichol was part of what will be remembered as one of the greatest plays in Michigan State football history. With MSU and Wisconsin tied at 31 in a late October Big Ten clash, Kirk Cousins heaved up a last-second Hail Mary pass that went off the facemask of B.J. Cunningham and into the hands of Nichol, who fought off two Wisconsin defenders and pushed his way over the goal line. We’re re-airing the memorable 2011 game at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go, part of our Big Ten Classics series, and Nichol will

Breaking down reigning national champ Ohio State's QB options

Turns out, Urban Meyer isn’t ready to call Braxton Miller a receiver. “I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told the Columbus Dispatch. “It seems like it’s a little bit jumping the gun. Braxton came to see me. … He’s been talking to me about it. We’ve been working at it. But I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.” Thursday night, SI’s Pete Thamel had an exclusive interview with Miller, who said he will be approaching this season as primarily a receiver/H-Back. It would make sense. After all, Miller is recovering from a surgically

Ranking 2015 Big Ten league games: Tom Dienhart’s list, 10-1

It’s time for my top 10 Big Ten league games. [ MORE: Get all of our preseason Big Ten football coverage ] Did you miss the first two installments of this three-part series? If so, here’s 56-31 and 30-11. Now for those top 10 games: 10. Minnesota at Ohio State, Nov. 7. A Big Ten title game preview? Perhaps. Since 1969, Ohio State has lost just twice to Minnesota (1981 and 2000). The Buckeyes won, 31-24, in the Twin Cities last season. 9. Iowa at Wisconsin, Oct. 3. The Hawkeyes have lost the last three games—and five of the last

Watch runners cross Saturday's BTN Big 10K finish line live with BTN2Go

It’s almost time for BTN’s annual Big 10K race in Chicago, and once again you can watch thousands of runners cross the finish line live on Saturday morning. Here’s the link to the live camera page on BTN2Go.com. Details of the Chicago race course for the 10K and 5K are here, but it all starts on the Soldier Field/Museum Campus in front of the BTN Big 10K Fan Fest. The BTN2Go camera will go live at approximately 8 a.m. ET and run through approximately 10:30 a.m. ET. If you want to watch live on your mobile device, make sure you have