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Our annual summer journey across the Big Ten is over, and what a trip it was. From Lincoln, Neb., to State College, Pa., we saw all 12 Big Ten teams practice and had a chance to catch up with all the coaches and players. Read our tour coverage here and watch the video here.

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Dienhart: My thoughts from Michigan practice

The final stop on our annual summer football tour was Thursday, and we spent the day in Ann Arbor, Mich., checking out Brady Hoke’s talented Michigan team. I had many observations from the practice, none bigger than Denard Robinson looked more comfortable than ever under center. He’s such a dangerously quick athlete who can legitimately score any time he touches the ball. His skills were on full display today. But more importantly, Robinson looked better as a passer—when he was able to set his feet, which always is key for him.

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Michigan QB Denard Robinson signs BTN tour bus

The final stop on our annual summer football tour took us to Ann Arbor, Mich., where our team watched Michigan practice. It was a fun couple of weeks on the road, and the BTN tour bus will return to Chicago better than it left it. And it has this year’s tradition of having every player represented on the bus autograph his likeness to thank. Michigan’s representative was Denard Robinson, of course. See a picture of Robinson autographing our bus in this post.

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BTN experts: Michigan football practice tweets

Our annual summer bus tour came to a close Thursday, but not before we took in Michigan practice. @BTNTomDienhart and @BTNDaveRevsine live tweeted from the practice, and @GerryDiNardo provide his post-practice tweets – a feature he provided after every stop. See all the tweets in this post. And don’t forget to catch the debut of the Michigan Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Friday.

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Michigan State DE William Gholston signs BTN tour bus

Eleven signatures down, the BTN bus has one more autograph to go. On Wednesday, the BTN crew was in East Lansing, Mich., to take in Michigan State practice. As is tradition on this year’s summer tour, we’re having the players represented on the side of the bus sign their likeness. For Michigan State, that guy was defensive end William Gholston. See a picture of Gholston putting his autograph on our bus in this post.

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Dienhart: What I Saw at Michigan State Practice

The BTN Football Tour took us to Michigan State practice on Wednesday, and I watched for a number of things. First, quarterback Andrew Maxwell is looking good as he threw the ball well today. Maxwell also showed nice touch on his passes. And his arm looked good on passes down the sideline and on posts.

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BTN experts: MSU football practice tweets

1801334779001The BTN bus tour was on its second-to-last stop Wednesday, as the BTN crew took in Michigan State practice. Our guys, @BTNTomDienhart and @BTNDaveRevsine, live tweeted from practice, and @GerryDiNardo sent out his post-practice tweets – a feature he’s providing after all 12 stops across Big Ten country. See all the tweets in this post. And don’t forget to catch the debut of the Michigan State Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Spartan Stadium Scoreboards do not disappoint

There’s been a lot of talk about the new scoreboards at Spartan Stadium. The BTN team got a first-hand look at the new additions Wednesday as our annual summer football tour hit East Lansing, and the massive displays did not disappoint. Let’s just say Michigan State fans won’t have any trouble seeing the score, stats, replays, or anything of that kind in 2012.

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Football Tour: Prepping for Spartans' practice

The BTN bus heads back west, trekking toward East Lansing, Mich., where on Wednesday we will check out a white-hot Michigan State program that has won 11 games in each of the last two seasons. Watch the Michigan State Preview Show at 10 p.m. ET Thursday.

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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: 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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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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