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Players on the rise? Here's Tom Dienhart's list!

With the 2014 BTN bus tour in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look back at my team-by-team player on the rise. These are the players who have a bright future. They might not be a star or consistent regular this fall, but you should learn their names and get to like their games.

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Dienhart's best of the 2014 BTN bus tour

The BTN bus traveled almost 4,000 miles, beginning in Bloomington, Ind., on Aug. 4 and ending in Champaign, Ill., on Aug. 20. We have kicked the tires on all 14 teams one last time—watching practice, talking to players, talking to coaches–before the season kicks off next week. Deep breath!

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Illinois

Illinois is looking to continue progress in Year Three under Tim Beckman. Seven starters are back on offense; nine on defense. The offense remains ahead of the defense. In fact, this could become an upper-level Big Ten attack with freshly-minted starting quarterback Wes Lunt at the controls.

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Twitter: Our experts' takes from Illinois practice

Our annual summer football is coming to a close. But not before our crew takes in Illinois practice Wednesday. Get BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine and Gerry DiNardo’s tweets from practice in this post.

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Illinois camp preview: Is the defense better?

Tim Beckman made improvement from Year One to Year Two, going from 2-10 (0-8) to 4-8 (1-7). Can he build on that?

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa – We watched a physical and intense Iowa practice in blazing heat Tuesday. Quick tempo, a lot accomplished.

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Twitter: Our experts' takes from Iowa practice

Our annual summer football tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith were at Iowa practice Tuesday. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post.

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Iowa camp preview: Is QB Jake Rudock developing?

This looks like a potentially special Iowa team, a squad good enough to win the Big Ten West. The Hawkeyes are coming off a strong 8-5 season with six starters back on offense and five on defense in what will be Kirk Ferentz’s 16th season on the job.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Could this be the year Nebraska finally wins the program’s first league championship since 1999? It may happen if the offense develops balance and the defense delivers on big expectations.

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Twitter: Our experts' takes from Nebraska practice

Our annual summer football tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith were at Nebraska practice Monday. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post.

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Dienhart's Diary: Next best thing to being on the bus

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is trying something new this year on our annual football tour. At each of the 14 practices across Big Ten country, Dienhart will pen a quick diary post. From Indiana, the first stop, to Illinois, the 14th and final stop, our expert will provide plenty of fun behind-the-scenes updates.

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Nebraska camp preview: Is Armstrong ready?

Expectations are trending up for Nebraska after it closed last season with a Gator Bowl victory over Georgia. This is a club that welcomes back five starters on offense and seven on defense. There is plenty of skill on offense. And the defense could be Bo Pelini’s best since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. Could this team win the new Big Ten West? Perhaps.

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Photo: Minnesota unveils new gold alternate helmet

Minnesota unveiled a new alternate helmet during BTN Live’s visit Saturday. The gold lid, with a maroon “M,” facemask and stripe down the middle, was on our set for Saturday night’s show. The helmet also features the school’s “Ski-U-Mah” cheer on the front and back of the stripe. See the helmet in this post.

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Video: Revsine, Hall, DiNardo do Ice Bucket Challenge

BTN host Dave Revsine and Gerry DiNardo took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday in Minneapolis. Revsine challenged fellow BTN host Mike Hall, while DiNardo challenged Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini. Watch Revine’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge here and see DiNardo’s in this post.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – There is some mojo to Minnesota as it enters its fourth season under the steady hand of Jerry Kill. This team opened 2013 with an 8-2 mark, running off four Big Ten victories in a row for the first time since 1973.

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Twitter: Get our experts' takes from Minnesota practice

Our annual summer football tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith were at Minnesota practice Saturday. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Wisconsin

The Badgers have the ingredients for a strong team, but there will be much unproven talent coming back from a 9-4 team.

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Twitter: Our experts' takes from Wisconsin practice

Our annual summer football tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are at Wisconsin practice Friday. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post.

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Minnesota camp preview: Is Leidner the answer?

Minnesota is a program on the rise as it enters its fourth season under Jerry Kill. The Golden Gophers have seven starters back on offense and six on defense. At one point last year, Minnesota was 8-2, ripping off four Big Ten wins in a row before losing its last three games. Kill has seen his win total go from three to six to eight in each of this three seasons in Dinkytown. Can he improve it for a fourth season in succession?

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Wisconsin camp preview: How does front 7 look?

The debut of the Gary Andersen regime was a successful one. Wisconsin started 9-2 and had some hopes of a BCS bowl before losing to Penn State in the season finale at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers also lost to South Carolina in Capital One Bowl. For Act Two, challenges loom for a program that is the pick of many to win the Big Ten West.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from NU practice

KENOSHA, Wis. – It was a great day for practice, almost chilly. It was brief, as players worked in helmets and shoulder pads. It also was notable for who didn’t partake: WR Miles Shuler; DE Ifeadi Odenigbo; DE Sean McEvilly; OL Shane Merz; OL Ian Park; OT Jack Konopka; WR Tony Jones; RB Warren Long; S Traveon Henry; WR Cameron Dickerson were the most prominent.

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Twitter: Our experts' takes from Northwestern

Our annual summer football tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are at Northwestern practice Thursday. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post.

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NU camp preview: Who replaces Mark, Jones?

Northwestern was primed for a big 2013. It didn’t happen, as the Wildcats missed the postseason for the first time since 2007, ending a five-year run. Pat Fitzgerald’s crew welcomes back lots of veteran talent from a team that started 4-0 but finished 5-7, enduring a seven-game losing skid before ending the season with a victory over rival Illinois.

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Football Tour: Dienhart's best from Purdue

RENSSELAER, Ind. – It’s all about improving for Purdue, which is coming off a rough 1-11 season that saw the team struggle in just about every phase of the game.

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Twitter: Our experts' takes from Purdue practice

Our annual summer football tour rolls on! BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are at Purdue’s practice Wednesday morning. Get some of the best tweets from the practice in this post.

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