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BTN experts: Penn State football practice tweets

The BTN bus was in State College, Pa., on Monday to take in Penn State practice. With practice and filming now wrapped up,  BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo (@GerryDiNardo) has sent out his post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. Also, inside see tweets from Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Dave Revsine (@BTNDaveRevsine). Don’t forget to catch the Penn State Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Tuesday on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Penn State DT Jordan Hill signs BTN tour bus

With the BTN tour bus in State College, Pa., on Monday morning, it was time to seek out Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill and have him put his signature on his likeness on the side of the BTN bus. This is the tradition this summer, whereas last year we simply had the players pose for a picture next to their likeness. See the picture of Hill signing the bus in this post.

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BTN Tour Mailbag: Ohio State & much more

Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. During the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We saw Ohio State practice Saturday (recap), and excited Buckeye fans sent me their questions. Read all of my answers to your latest Big Ten questions in this post. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart). We’re at Penn State practice Monday (preview).

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Dienhart: What I'll Be Watching at Penn State

The BTN bus is chugging to Penn State with Columbus, Ohio, in our rear-view mirror. I’m not sure what to expect when we watch Bill O’Brien’s Nittany Lions practice on Monday.

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Dienhart: Meyer, Ohio State Shaping Up To Be Tough

There were many things to watch at Ohio State today in what was as physical a practice as I have seen on our trip. The practice-ending scrimmage had the intensity of a game and featured a lot of hitting. I spent a lot of my attention focused on an offense since in 2011 Ohio State had the worst passing numbers in the Big Ten. Now, Urban Meyer has installed a spread scheme for a team that opened at No. 18 in the AP poll on Saturday.

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OSU QB Braxton Miller Signs BTN Tour Bus

In what is fast becoming a BTN tradition, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller beat the heat and signed the BTN Tour bus on our stop in Columbus on Saturday. Last year, the tradition was to take a picture of the players in front of their likeness on the bus. This year, we’re having them sign it. See a picture of Miller putting his autograph on his likeness in this post.

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DiNardo: Ohio State football practice tweets

On Saturday, the BTN bus was in Columbus, Ohio, where our crew took in a Buckeyes practice. With the practice and filming complete, it’s time for analyst Gerry DiNardo’s post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. Follow @GerryDiNardo. Also, don’t forget to catch the debut of the Ohio State Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Dienhart: My thoughts from Illinois practice

Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase moves well, which he showed today in practice. He always has had good feet and is one of the more athletic signal-callers in the Big Ten. He also threw the short pass well, which is key in this spread offense that is predicated on quick decisions and intermediate toss.

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Football Tour: Excited to see Urban, Buckeyes

The BTN bus heads west to Columbus, Ohio, to check in on Urban Meyer and Ohio State. Yes, the head coach gets billed over the school in this instance, as Meyer was the biggest coaching hire in the offseason. It will be fun to watch the swagger he brings to the field.

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BTN experts: Illinois football practice tweets

The BTN bus tour hit Champaign, Ill., on Friday so our crew could take in Illinois practice. Now that practice and filming of the show is over, it’s time for Gerry DiNardo’s post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. You can also find tweets from Dave Revsine and Tom Dienhart in this post. And don’t forget to catch the debut of the Illinois Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase signs BTN tour bus

There’s a familiar face on the side of the BTN tour bus this summer. It’s that of Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, the same guy who was featured on the bus last summer. Last year, the tradition was to take a picture of the players in front of their likeness on the bus. This year, we’re having them sign it. See a picture of Scheelhaase putting his autograph on his likeness in this post.

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Football Tour: Will we figure out Beckman's Illini?

The BTN bus heads to beautiful Champaign, Ill., next to watch Tim Beckman’s first edition of the Illini. Check out the Illinois Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go.

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DiNardo: Indiana football practice tweets

On Thursday, the BTN bus was in Bloomington, Ind., where our crew took in Indiana practice. With the practice and filming complete, it’s time for analyst Gerry DiNardo’s post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. See all of DiNardo’s tweets in this post. Also, don’t forget to catch the debut of the Indiana Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Friday on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Dienhart: My impressions from Indiana practice

There is a lot going on at Indiana as Kevin Wilson embarks on his second season in Bloomington coming off a one-win debut. The quarterbacks had their moments, with Tre Roberson running with the first team. His arm is solid and it looks like his touch has improved. He remains a dangerous runner. Cam Coffman also looked good at times. He has a decent body and strong arm. He also showed good feet.

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Indiana RB Stephen Houston signs BTN bus

The BTN tour bus was in Bloomington, Ind., on Thursday morning for Indiana practice. As is the tradition this summer, we had the player represented on one of the sides of the bus sign his likeness. That would be running back Stephen Houston, and you can see a picture of him signing the bus in this post.

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Dienhart: What I learned at Purdue practice

There was a lot to watch at Purdue’s practice Wednesdat as Danny Hope prepares his fourth Boilermaker squad. It was a warm, sunny day in West Lafayette, testing everyone’s resolve.

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DiNardo: Purdue football practice tweets

Six stops down, we’re officially halfway through the 2012 BTN summer bus tour. On Wednesday afternoon, the BTN crew was in West Lafayette, Ind., taking in Purdue practice. With practice now complete, it’s time for DiNardo’s post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across the Big Ten. Watch our Purdue Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go. Next stop: Bloomington, Ind., where we will watch Indiana practice Thursday.

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Purdue DT Kawann Short signs BTN tour bus

The BTN tour bus was in West Lafayette, Ind., on Wednesday so our crew could watch Purdue practice and get a chance to talk to the coaching staff and top players. One of those players, Kawann Short, also added a little something to the BTN tour bus. As is tradition this summer, the player from each team represented on our bus signed their likeness. See a picture of Short, the highly hyped defensive tackle, autograph our bus in this post.

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Football Tour: Getting ready to watch Indiana

The BTN bus heads south from West Lafayette to the rolling hills of bucolic Bloomington in beautiful southern Indiana to check out Kevin Wilson’s 2012 Hoosiers. Watch the Indiana Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Friday on BTN/BTN2Go.

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BTN Tour Mailbag: Answers to your questions

Throughout the seasons, I answer your Big Ten football and basketball questions in my Big Ten Mailbag. During the BTN summer bus tour, I’m fielding questions from stops along our 3,000-plus mile trek across Big Ten country. We see Purdue practice Wednesday, and excited Boiler fans already sent me their questions. Read all of my answers to your latest Big Ten questions in this post. If you have a question, send it to me in the box at the bottom of this post or tweet it to me (@BTNTomDienhart).

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Football Tour: Previewing Purdue practice

The BTN bus heads south down I-65 toward West Lafayette, Ind., to watch Purdue practice Wednesday. Check out the Purdue Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Dienhart: My observations from NU practice

There was lots to watch today at Camp Kenosha, as Northwestern looks to answer some big questions on defense while searching for a running back, SuperBack and developing quarterback Kain Colter as a passer. One thing that stood out was how the speed and athletic ability of this roster has improved. Offensive coordinator Mick McCall told me the team has more speed than it ever has since he arrived in Evanston six seasons ago. And, he is correct. This is a Wildcat team that has some ability and can run.

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DiNardo: NU football practice tweets

On Tuesday, the BTN bus tour hit Kenosha, Wis., where the BTN crew took in Northwestern practice. With the practice and filming now complete, it’s time for analyst Gerry DiNardo’s post-practice tweets – a feature he’ll provide after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. See all of DiNardo’s tweets in this post. Also, don’t forget to catch the debut of the Northwestern Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday on BTN/BTN2Go.

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Northwestern DL Tyler Scott signs BTN tour bus

The BTN tour bus was in Kenosha, Wis., Northwestern’s summer home, on Tuesday to take in Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats’ practice. Per the tradition this summer, we had the player represented on one of the sides of our bus sign his likeness. That would be defensive lineman Tyler Scott. See a picture of him signing the bus in this post.

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Dienhart: My thoughts from Wisconsin practice

The BTN Tour bus made its way to Madison on Monday to watch Wisconsin, the back-to-back reigning Big Ten champ. While watching practice, offensive coordinator Matt Canada told me he’s happy with what he has installed thus far, as camp is about to hit full stride. I couldn’t help but to focus on what has to be one of the most closely watched signal-caller battles in camp across the nation. Canada says it’s a three-man derby between Danny O’Brien, Curt Phillips and Joel Stave.

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