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Dienhart: Check out Iowa's 10-year NFL draft snapshot

Iowa has seen a lot of success in the last 10 NFL drafts—especially along the trenches. And that success should continue in this year’s draft, set for April 30-May 2 in Chicago. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s team-by-team NFL draft snapshots ] Offensive tackle Brandon Scherff looks like a top-10 pick, joining fellow ex-Hawkeye blockers Riley Reiff and Bryan Bulaga as first-round picks in the last 10 years. (Robert Gallery was a first-rounder in 2004.) Defensive tackle Carl Davis also should be a hot commodity. And look for offensive tackle Andrew Donnal and defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat likely to go

Big Ten links: Final Four analysis, Big Ten transfers, football & more

Final Four analyses is flying off Internet browsers faster than I can type this. You name it, it has been or will be analyzed in coming days. … Frank Kaminsky’s jumper … Branden Dawson’s attitude … Tom Izzo’s facial expressions. Here is a nice video from FOX Sports Live along those lines that looks at how the Badgers can be mighty Kentucky. The key Badger? It’s not Frank Kaminsky, so this video says. It’s Sam Dekker, right? Right. *** Michigan State has a tall task in its semifinal game vs. Duke. I think Branden Dawson hit it on the head

Photo: Check out this cool tribute to Ezekiel Elliott's historic postseason

Ezekiel Elliott produced one of the finest postseasons we’ll ever see en route to helping lead Ohio State to the inaugural College Football Playoff national title. In three games (Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon), all against very strong defenses, the Ohio State running back produced a silly 696 yards and eight touchdowns on his way to claiming Offensive Player of the Game in the national semifinal and final. That’s an average of 232 yards and 2.7 touchdowns per game, and just as amazing was his consistency and durability, going for 220 yards vs. Wisconsin, 230 vs. Alabama, and, saving the best for

Big Ten links: Final Four berths, spring football updates & more

Big Monday for the Big Ten. When commish Jim Delany went to bed last night, his league had two Final Four teams for the first time since 2005. (This after Ohio State won the football national title.) Wisconsin punched its second ticket in a row to the Final Four on Saturday with a win vs. Arizona. Up next: No. 1 Kentucky, which is chasing history with a 38-0 mark. The Wildcats beat the Badgers by one point in the Final Four last year. But Wisconsin could upset Kentucky this time around. How? Two reasons: Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky. ***

Dienhart: Check out Illinois' 10-year NFL draft snapshot

The NFL Draft is just over a month away, running from April 30-May 2 in Chicago. So, let’s take a look at how Big Ten teams have fared in the last 10 drafts, from 2005-2014. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s team-by-team NFL draft snapshots ] First up is Illinois, which may not have any selections in this year’s draft. The best bet to be picked figures to be safety Zane Petty. And he looks like a long shot. The Fighting Illini have produced some top talent in the last decade—thank you, Ron Zook—with five first-round selections. But Illinois had no

Video: Former Michigan QB Tom Brady jumps off cliff on vacation

While a majority of us are still dealing with winter-like conditions, Tom Brady and family are enjoying a tropical vacation. [ MORE: Watch Michigan’s spring game at noon ET April 4 on BTN2Go ] The former Michigan quarterback and four-time Super Bowl winner isn’t just resting up and relaxing in the sun, though. No, he posted a video to Facebook that shows him jumping off a cliff and into a pool of water. Brady, probably realizing this wasn’t the smartest thing for a franchise player to do, included “Never doing that again! #AirBrady” in the text of the post. It’s

Video: Michigan gets fans ready for spring game April 4 on BTN/BTN2Go

The college football world will get their first look at Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines during the team’s spring game at noon ET Saturday, April 4. The game will air live on BTN/BTN2Go. Here’s the link to watch it on BTN2Go. Until next Saturday, there is the video in tweet above to get Michigan fans excited for some football. Michigan, which finished 5-7 in its final year under Brady Hoke in 2014, officially opens the 2015 season Thursday, Sept. 3 at Utah.  

Photos: Ohio State receives national championship rings

They’ve arrived! The Ohio State football team received its national championship rings Friday. [ MORE: Watch the Ohio State spring game April 18 on BTN2Go ] And yes, as expected, they’re very impressive. Check out the ring design in the tweet above, courtesy of Ohio State wide receiver coach Zach Smith. The Buckeyes won the inaugural College Football Playoff title in January, this after dispatching No. 1 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and No. 2 Oregon in the title game. Ohio State, which hosts its spring game Saturday, April 18, opens its national title defense on Monday, Sept. 7 at