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Video: You have to see these new BTN commercials

Five years ago, there was our memorable recruiting ad. You know, the one with Big Ten coaches on the couch trying to convince you to play for them. This year, we have an equally great set of spots to promote our Saturday football coverage, from pregame to postgame. The ads once again feature the coaches, only this time in more of a coaching role. See all three ads in this post.

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Video: Indiana's Shane Wynn goes for hat trick

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Shane Wynn Punt Return for TD

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Indiana is rolling, to put it mildly. The Hoosiers jumped out to a 45-7 first-half lead, fueled by six touchdown drives that were all 75 seconds or less. None were faster than Shane Wynn’s impressive 58-yard punt return, though. Watch Wynn break a few tackles and blow by Indiana State defenders now, and see Wynn’s two other touchdowns in this post.

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Photos: Ohio State puts camera on Miller's helmet

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What does Braxton Miller see when he drops back from center? Obviously, he sees the defense eying him and all of the talented playmakers at his disposal. But, are his eyes surveying the right part of the field/defense? Ohio State recently attached a camera to the top of Miller’s helmet at a practice to give coaches an idea of what he’s seeing and where he’s looking.

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Video: NFL star Tom Brady talks to Wolverines

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Tom Brady Visits Michigan Athletic Campus

With the New England Patriots set to play an exhibition game Thursday night at Detroit, the League’s most famous Wolverine decided to pay the Michigan football team a visit. That’s right, former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady hung out with the Wolverines early Thursday, and he even tried on his old No. 10 jersey. Watch Brady address the team in this video.

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Video: Badger Nick Hill finds out he's on scholarship

Ever wonder what it’s like for a walk-on to learn that he has become a scholarship student-athlete? Obviously, it’s a special and emotional moment. But how is the news broken, and how is it received? Well, the Wisconsin Athletics YouTube account posted a video that shows Gary Andersen informing redshirt senior Nick Hill that he’s now on scholarship.

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SI's Mandel predicts Michigan vs. Ohio State B1G title game

Nov 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Philly Brown (10) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Ohio State Impressions - 2013 BTN Fall Football Practice Tour

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If you want to see Ohio State and Michigan play on back-to-back weeks, you’ll like Stewart Mandel’s 2013 Big Ten football preview. Mandel, who released his preview Tuesday, picks Ohio State to beat Michigan in the Big Ten title game, one week after losing at Michigan.

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Photo: OSU asks fans to 'Scarlet & Gray The Shoe'

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Buffalo at Ohio State figures to be one of the biggest mismatches in the opening weekend of the college football season. But, at least, Ohio Stadium will look pretty cool for the likely one-sided affair.

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Video: 'Mannequin' scares Dantonio, other Spartans

What’s the best way to make sure your coaches and teammates are awake and engaged at 6:30 in the morning? How about dressing up as an MSU football mannequin from head to toe, and then jumping out and scaring the heck out of them?

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Photo: Buckeyes, Braxton Miller on SI regional cover

Sports Illustrated has six regional covers for its college football preview issue, and one of them is dedicated to Ohio State and Braxton Miller. The cover features Miller on the run and reads: “This season it counts. The class of the Big Ten goes SEC hunting.” The Buckeyes, who SI ranks No. 4 in its preseason poll, went 12-0 last season but were ineligible for the posteason due to NCAA sanctions.

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Video: Purdue players show off diving 'skills'

David Boudia the Purdue football players are not. This comes as no surprise, but it’s even more evident after the team hit up the pool following Tuesday’s two-a-day. There, players took turns jumping off the diving boards, some taking it semi-seriously and others going for the best belly flop. Hilarity ensued, and the PurdueSports YouTube page has the video of it.

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Yankee Candle now selling select Big Ten candles

Gee, you know what the fan who has it all could really use? A school-specific candle, that’s what. Well, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin fans are in luck. Just in time for kickoff, Yankee Candle has released school-specific (scented) candles, and the collection includes the aforementioned four Big Ten schools.

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Video: Iowa films impromptu music video at airport

How do you kill time while waiting for a flight to board? Prior to its flight Sunday to London, the Iowa basketball team used one of the moving walkways at O’Hare International Airport to shoot an impromptu music video. Best of all, Iowa posted the masterpiece to YouTube.

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Video: Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller having some fun

Indiana products Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are no longer teammates, but they still play nice together. Tuesday at the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, the former Hoosiers standouts had more than their share of fun together. First, they tossed around a frisbee on a random open field. Then, they  went around posterizing fellow rookies, with a trash can as the hoop.

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Did You See This? Jack Hoffman tattoo at Huskers Fan Day

Nebraska gave backup quarterback Ron Kellogg III a video camera to capture the sights and sounds of the football team’s Huskers Fan Day on Friday. There was a lot of action at Memorial Stadium, and the senior captured as much of it as he could. He even had starting quarterback Taylor Martinez autograph his hand.

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Did You See This? Check out the 2013 BTN tour bus

The 2013 BTN football tour has hit the road. Our team left our Chicago studio today for Bloomington, Ind, the first of its 12 stops across Big Ten country. The trip runs through Aug. 20, ending in Iowa City, Iowa. Which Big Ten stars are featured on the bus this year? Check out the Vine video in this post for the answer. As expected, there’s some solid talent.

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Photos: Look at what NIU sent to opponents' media

The words “Heisman” and “Candidate” are nowhere to be found, but Northern Illinois sure seems to be promoting dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch as such. In fact, the school recently sent out “Jordan Lynch for 6″ lunch bags to opposing media that includes everything one wants to know about the QB.

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Video: 'Ahhhhh!' Watch this Ryan Kerrigan ad

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Ever wonder what Purdue product Ryan Kerrigan is doing when he isn’t terrorizing NFL quarterbacks? We now know the answer–at least for part of his free time. The Washington Redskins linebacker dresses up as the sun, dances around, peers into random homes, and yells “Ahhhhhhhh!” Don’t worry, it’s all for a commercial.

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Photos: Illinois turns on new video displays

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Illinois turned on its new video displays Friday for the first time at Memorial Stadium, and they all were met with rave reviews. The main scoreboard, located in the south end zone, is more than four times larger than the previous one (3,456 square feet vs. 858 square feet) and ranks in the top 25 among NCAA video displays.

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The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 stories, videos

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Nebraska Season Preview - 2013 B1G Media Day

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories and most-watched videos from the past week. See both lists in this post.

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Photos: Big Ten mascots make all the Chicago stops

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Fresh off an appearance at the 42nd Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday, Big Ten mascots are on the loose in Chicago. Our furry friends are still in town, because they’ll be all over Saturday’s Big Ten B1G 10K, which begins at 8 a.m. ET in front of the Adler Planetarium. The 5K begins at 9:15 a.m. ET.

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Video: Jeff Budzien crashes Big Ten media day

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CHICAGO – Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien didn’t get an invite to the Big Ten media days at the Hilton Chicago. Coming off a season in which Budzien made all but one kick, he decided to crash the event. Not in a bad way. The Northwestern communications and media department thought it would be fun to have the kicker attend the event and cover it in a self-deprecating and humorous way. Budzien and Northwestern nailed it.

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Video: Ohio State Urban Meyer's 360 Vine

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Ohio State's Urban Meyer - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

CHICAGO – Urban Meyer is a big draw under normal circumstances. Add Ohio State’s recent player discipline to the equation, and the two-time national championship coach easily had the largest throng of media following him at Wednesday’s Big Ten media day. Meyer knew the attention was coming. He also knew he’d be answering plenty off-the-field questions despite being the coach of a popular preseason pick to make the BCS title game.

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