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Big Ten names on Butkus & Lombardi watch lists

It’s mid-July, and that means it’s preseason college football awards watch lists season. See which Big Ten players were named to the Butkus Award and Lomardi Award watch lists in this post. Butkus Award (Linebacker): Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, Maryland; Curtis Grant, Ohio State; Mike Hull, Penn State; Taiwan Jones, Michigan State; Mason Monheim, Illinois; Jake Ryan, Michigan Lombardi Award (Lineman/Linebacker): Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB, Northwestern; Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State; Austin Blythe, C, Iowa; Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State; Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State; Carl Davis, DT, Iowa; Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska; Ron Havenstein, T, Wisconsin; Kaleb Johnson, G, Rutgers; Jake Ryan,

Wisconsin Fans

Poll: 'Jump Around' named best tradition

Forget the Big Ten, Wisconsin’s “Jump Around” is the nation’s best tradition, according to SiriusXM College Sports Nation Traditions Tournament. The Camp Randall Stadium staple, which has been conducted between the third and fourth quarters since 1998, beat out Big Ten rival Ohio State’s “Script Ohio” in the tournament’s final. [ MORE: Bo Ryan joins “Jump Around” | UW graduates “Jump Around” at commencement ] This is a tradition every Big Ten fan should experience at least once. Madison is a great college town, and it doesn’t get much more electric than when the House of Pain song blares on fall

Bo Pelini

Top Big Ten 'Decisions' of past sports year

LeBron James is heading home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. This will go down as the biggest decision of the 2014 sports year. This got us thinking, what were the biggest decisions made in the Big Ten this past year? Here is a list of our top Big Ten decisions of the past year. Adding Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten Just 11 days ago, Maryland and Rutgers officially became the 13th and 14th members of the Big Ten conference. It marked a historic day for the nation’s oldest conference. Check out all of our Maryland and

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Four B1G teams land in ESPN's Top 25 future rankings

Who will be the most dominant college football team in the Big Ten over the next three seasons? Our friends over at ESPN recently took an in-depth look at that in their latest Future Power Rankings. A five-man panel, which consisted of Travis Haney, Brad Edwards, Brock Huard, Tom Luginbill and Mark Schlabach, provided 1-10 ratings in five different categories, including coaching, talent, recruiting, title and power. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s preseason positions rankings ] Here is a look at what Big Ten teams appear on the list. 3. OHIO STATE Coaching: 9.2/10 Talent: 8.6/10 Recruiting: 9.2/10 Title: 8.2/10

Reilly O'Toole

Backup QB rankings: Illini in good hands

He’s often one of the most popular men on campus. Fans often clamor to see him buckle his chinstrap and trot onto the field: He’s the backup quarterback. When an offense is struggling, the No. 2 signal-caller is a favorite. Who is your school’s backup quarterback? How confident should you be in him? Get my ranking in this post. [ MORE: View all of Tom Dienhart’s preseason position rankings ] 1. Illinois. With Nathan Scheelhaase gone, the starting job is up for grabs in Champaign. Oklahoma State sophomore transfer Wes Lunt, senior Reilly O’Toole and athletic sophomore Aaron Bailey are

Oct 20, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Ibraheim Campbell (24) breaks up a pass intended for Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Jamal Turner (10) in the end zone during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten names on Jim Thorpe Award watch list

It’s early July, and that means it’s preseason college football awards watch lists season. See which Big Ten players were named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list in this post. Jim Thorpe Award: Ibraheim Campbell, Northwestern; Blake Countess, Michigan; Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State; Jordan Lucas, Penn State; Trae Waynes, Michigan State Here’s a look at the full schedule of preseason watch lists: Monday, July 14 – Butkus Award, presented to the nation’s best linebacker by the Butkus Foundation. – Rotary Lombardi Award, presented to the college lineman of the year by the Rotary Club of Houston. Tuesday, July 15

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Spartans to host Buckeyes under the lights Nov. 8

If you enjoyed last season’s Big Ten title game – who didn’t?! – you’ll want to leave the night of Nov. 8 open. That’s because the Big Ten announced Thursday that Michigan State will host Ohio State under the lights (8 ET) for the first time in a rematch of last season’s memorable clash at Lucas Oil Stadium. [ MORE: View our Michigan State homepage | Ohio State homepage ] The Spartans won the game, 34-24, on their way to claiming the Rose Bowl title, the program’s first since taking the 1988 game. As a result of Thursday’s announcement, Michigan


Which stars are attending 2014 B1G Media Days?

The Big Ten announced Thursday the 42 student-athletes scheduled to attend the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Allstate and BMW, July 28-29 at the Hilton Chicago. The 43rd annual event will mark the first official appearance of Maryland and Rutgers as members of the Big Ten and will feature 20 returning all-conference selections and all 14 head coaches. Nebraska star running back Ameer Abdullah will speak on behalf of the players at the Kickoff Luncheon. EAST DIVISION INDIANA David Cooper, Sr., LB Nate Sudfeld, Jr., QB Shane Wynn, Sr., WR* *** MARYLAND C.J. Brown,


Big Ten players on Nagurski & Outland watch lists

It’s early July, and that means it’s preseason college football awards watch lists season. See which Big Ten players were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy watch lists in this post. [ MORE: Tom Dienhart ranks Big Ten special teams units ] Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Defensive Player): Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State; Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State; Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State; Frank Clark, DE, Michigan; Blake Countess, DB, Michigan; Carl Davis, DT, Iowa; Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State; Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska; Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan; Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State Outland Trophy (Interior lineman): Jack

Macgarrett Kings Jr.

Spartans rule special teams unit rankings

Specials teams are often the overlooked area of teams, but they’re the essential third component that can make or break a game or a season. That big return, booming punt that flips the field or clutch last-second field goal often looms large in any game. Here’s a look at the Big Ten special teams units. [ MORE: Five B1G stars named to Lou Groza or Ray Award watch lists ] 1. Michigan State. The Spartans are sitting pretty with punter Mike Sadler and kicker Michael Geiger. Sadler has deft touch, pacing the nation in punts downed inside the 10-yard line.