Dienhart: What makes Michigan-Alabama even bigger

How big is Michigan’s season-opening game vs. Alabama in Arlington, Texas? It’s huge. It’s gargantuan. It’s Titanic. It’s epic. It’s a monstrosity. Not just for the Wolverines, but for the Big Ten and its image.

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All Gophers: It's Minnesota Day on BTN

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Tailgate 48: MInnesota Women's Hockey

As BTN’s Rick Pizzo says, “Hockey! Hockey! Hockey!” For Minnesota, during the 2011-12 athletic year, it was all about the school’s success on the ice. The women’s team won the national title, its first since 2005, with a victory over rival Wisconsin in the championship game, while the men advanced to the Frozen Four, also its first since 2005, losing to eventual national champ Boston College in the semifinals. The two teams combined to go 62-19-3, with the women carding an impressive 34-5-2 ledger.

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Northwestern adds Stanford transfer Quinn Evans

Northwestern announced Monday the commitment of defensive back Quinn Evans, a 2012 Stanford graduate who will pursue a master’s degree and be eligible to compete in the 2012 season. A valuable contributor on special teams as well as at cornerback for the Cardinal, Evans will provide depth in Northwestern’s secondary.

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Unit Rankings: 2012 Big Ten secondaries

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Christian Bryant Interception - Ohio State Spring Football Game

Big Ten defensive backfields are loaded with talent, including cornerbacks like Michigan State’s Johnny Adams, Iowa’s Micah Hyde and Purdue’s Ricardo Allen, along with safeties like Ohio State’s C.J. Barnett, Michigan State’s Isaiah Lewis and Michigan’s Jordan Kovacs. And some of the units figure to rank among the best in the nation, including those at Ohio State, Michigan State and Nebraska.

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