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Countdown to kickoff: East top pro prospect?

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MSU's 3rd Defensive TD of the Season

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Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: East top pro prospect? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.

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Debate It: Who will be 2014 passing TD leader?

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Cook Evades Blitz, Hits Kings for 46-Yard TD

Think Braxton Miller is just a runner? Think again. The electric Ohio State quarterback tossed a Big Ten-leading 24 touchdowns last season. Will Miller, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, lead the Big Ten again? See Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.

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Three B1G schools in Athlon's best coach-QB tandems

Braxton Miller & Urban Meyer

Someone Get Mark Dantonio a Hat

Two of the most important keys to a successful college football team are a good quarterback and head coach. Our friends over at Athlon Sports recently compiled a list of the top head coach-quarterback combinations in college football this year. Three Big Ten coach-quarterback combos appear on the list, which consists of 20 spots, as well as a “5 we don’t know about yet” category.

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Dienhart: My 2013 All-Freshman Football Team

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2013 Freshman of the Year: Christian Hackenberg

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was Big Ten Freshman of the Year last week. And, he’s the headliner on the 2013 BTN.com All-Freshman Team. Led by Hackenberg, Penn State has five players on the squad, pacing all schools. Nebraska has four.

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Big Ten office hands out Week 13 individual honors

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Hull Scores Second TD of the Day

The Big Ten office released its Week 13 Big Ten Players of the Week on Monday morning. Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier took home defensive honors for the second time in as many weeks and the fifth time in his career, matching the Big Ten record. See all the honorees, plus watch their highlights, in this post.

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'Journey' profiles Dennard, Hackenberg

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The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013 Episode 7

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Tonight on “The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013″ presented by Best Buy we learn how Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard went from unknown recruit to one of the Big Ten’s best defensive players. We also track how Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has quickly learned the intricacies of Bill O’Brien’s system, and how Ohio State defensive back Christian Bryant has remained a contributor despite being sidelined by injury. The show airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Big Ten office hands out Week 7 individual honors

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Allen Robinson Hauls in Big Pass at Michigan 1-Yard Line

The Big Ten Conference released its Week 7 Players of the Week on Monday. A pair of Nittany Lions took home superlative honors following their thrilling 4OT victory over previously unbeaten Michigan. See all the honorees in this post, plus watch their highlights.

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Dienhart: My best of 2013 Big Ten noncon season

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Shilique Calhoun Interception Touchdown

We have reached the one-third mark of the 2013 season. Where has the time gone? Last time I looked up from my keyboard, the kids still were splashing in the neighborhood swimming pool and the Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention. Wait, that last item happened back in June. Forget it. You get the point.

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Big Ten hands out Week 3 football honors

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Ohio State at Cal - Top Plays

The Big Ten office released its Week 3 Players of the Week on Monday morning, and Ohio State won two of the four awards. Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton won Offensive Player of the Week and star linebacker Ryan Shazier took home Defensive Player of the Week. See all the honorees in this post.

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Big Ten office hands out Week 1 Players of the Week

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Scheelhaase Finds Davis, Illini Get 2-Pt Conversion

The Big Ten office released its Week 1 Players of the Week on Monday, and it was Nathan Scheelhaase (Offense), Collin Ellis (Defense), Sam Ficken (Special Teams) and Christian Hackenberg (Freshman) taking home the season’s first accolades. Read more about their Week 1 performances and watch video highlights in this post.

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Video: You saw this Hackenberg TD pass, right?

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Geno Lewis Hauls in 54-Yard TD

So, THAT’s why Christian Hackenberg came to Penn State as such a highly touted prospect. The Penn State true freshman, who was named the starting quarterback Friday, dazzled college football fans with this absolute laser on a 54-yard touchdown pass to Geno Lewis in Saturday’s win over Syracuse. Seriously, watch the arm, watch the accuracy, and check out the Twitter reaction to the bomb in this post.

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Keep an eye on these Big Ten freshmen

This time last year, few knew who Devin Funchess of Michigan was. Ditto David Santos of Nebraska, Jason Spriggs of Indiana and Mason Monheim of Illinois. But by the end of November, each of these true freshmen had made a name for himself. In fact, I tabbed them on my 2012 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

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