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Spring football: See 8 games live on BTN2Go

Nebraska Fans

Seven-Year-Old Jack Hoffman Runs For Touchdown

Remember Jack Hoffman’s memorable spring football moment? Remember Sparty taking a handoff? With eight Big Ten football teams conducting spring games Saturday, BTN.com will monitor each one and post video highlights and special moments to Twitter, Facebook, and our instant highlights central page. Who’s playing? It’s Purdue (1 p.m. ET), Ohio State (1:30 p.m. ET), Penn State (1:30 p.m. ET), Nebraska (3 p.m. ET), Illinois (3 p.m. ET), Indiana (3 p.m. ET), Minnesota (3:30 p.m. ET), and Wisconsin (4 p.m. ET).

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Spring Football: Q&A with former Gopher QB Adam Weber

NCAA Football: Texas Bowl-Syracuse vs Minnesota

Adam Weber enjoyed a standout career during his time at Minnesota. The former Gopher signal caller holds school records for career passing yards with 10.917 and career touchdown passes with 72. Currently an NFL free agent, Weber will be taking on a new role and spending his time in the booth on Saturday to call the Gophers’ annual spring football game. I recently caught up with Weber and asked him about Jerry Kill, Big Ten expansion and a number of other fun-filled topics.

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Spring Football: What to watch for on Saturday

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Michigan Spring Practice Highlights

There will be a lot to watch at the Ohio State spring game this Saturday. How will the defense look? Is the offensive line coming together? Any good running backs with Carlos Hyde gone?

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Audio: Spring football teleconferences

Coaches and players from the West and East Division football teams joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here. All of Saturday’s spring games can be seen live via BTN2Go.

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#BTNLive poll: Best chance to repeat?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts discuss this question: Which 2013 Big Ten divisional football champion has the best chance to repeat this season?

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Spring Football Q&A: Mauti to call PSU game

Penn State Fans

Gerry DiNardo Conversation with James Franklin

The new-look Penn State Nittany Lions will take the field on Saturday for their annual spring football game. Fans will get a first-look at new head coach James Franklin, who takes over a Penn State team coming off a 7-5 season and a 4-4 mark in Big Ten play.

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Dienhart: Thoughts from Michigan spring game

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Brady Hoke Post Spring Game Interview

This will be Michigan’s fourth season under Brady Hoke. And, make no mistake about it: It’s a crossroads campaign. No one in Ann Arbor was satisfied with the 7-6 record last season. And heads rolled, as offensive coordinator Al Borges was fired. Hoke looked to Alabama for a replacement, tabbing Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

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Video: Michigan spring game highlights

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Michigan Spring Practice Highlights

BTN/BTN2Go aired Michigan’s spring practice Saturday afternoon, and we clipped all the top moments and interviews from Michigan Stadium. Relive all of the top highlights and all of our interviews in this post.

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Photo: Michigan QBs go all-maize in spring game

The way uniforms change nowadays, nothing is out of the question. Like, could adidas one day outfit the Michigan football team in an all-maize uniform? Possibly, although the school and company have not announced any such plans. For what it’s worth, Devin Gardner and the rest of the quarterbacks were in all-maize for Saturday’s annual spring game.

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Video: NU spring practice highlights, interviews

Kyle Prater

Kyle Prater One-Handed Catch

BTN/BTN2Go aired Northwestern’s spring practice Saturday morning, and we clipped all the top moments and interviews from the 90-minute session. If you’re a Northwestern fan, you’ll want to see Kyle Prater’s highlight-reel catch and hear Venric Mark’s bold prediction about the team’s 1-2 backfield punch. Watch all of the videos in this post.

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How to watch Michigan's spring football game

Devin Gardner

Spring Camp Impressions: Michigan

BTN/BTN2Go will air the Michigan spring game at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, with a re-air at 8. The Wolverines are coming off a frustrating 7-6 season, one that started with many experts pegging them for the Big Ten title game. There’s a clear sense of urgency in Ann Arbor, as Michigan has gone from 11 to eight to seven wins in Brady Hoke’s first three seasons.

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How to watch Northwestern's spring practice

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2014 Signing Day - Northwestern

BTN/BTN2Go will air Northwestern’s spring practice at 11 a.m. ET Saturday, with re-airs at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.. The Wildcats, fresh off a disappointing 5-7 season that saw them miss a bowl game for the first time in six years, welcome back plenty of talent from a team that started 4-0 in 2013.

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Dienhart: Spartans need to address OL in spring drills

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Connor Cook Interview -100th Rose Bowl Champion

The good times are rolling in East Lansing for a Michigan State program coming off a Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship. Mark Dantonio has this program humming along as an elite machine that can stand toe-to-toe with any Big Ten squad—if not the nation. The next goal: A national championship. Why not?

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Dienhart: Linebacker U needs help at linebacker

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Spring Camp Impressions: Penn State

The lid is being taken off the James Franklin era. And it’s an exciting time. He brings energy and enthusiasm—not to mention a strong resume that saw him win 24 games in three seasons at Vanderbilt—to State College.

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Dienhart: Husker football's focus is up front

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As spring practice dawns, Nebraska seems to be primed for some big things. I know, I know. It seems the Cornhuskers are primed for big things each year, but it may really happen in 2014 for a team that could have one of the top defenses in the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: Defense key for Indiana in spring

Kevin Wilson

2014 Signing Day - Indiana DC Brian Knorr

It has been slow, steady growth for Indiana under Kevin Wilson. And, that’s good. Progress is being made as the Hoosiers inch closer to their first bowl since the 2007 season.

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Dienhart: Purdue has plenty of questions this spring

Darrell Hazell

2014 Signing Day - Purdue

There is just no sugarcoating it: Darrell Hazell’s debut was brutal. How brutal? The 1-11 season arguably was the worst in Purdue history. And the one win came vs. a FCS foe that went—you guessed it—1-11. There was very little that this team did well last season during a winless Big Ten campaign in which blowouts were the norm. Perhaps this summarizes things best: The best player on the team was the punter.

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Dienhart: Watch QB & defense at Illinois this spring

Tim Beckman

2014 Signing Day - Illinois

Year Three of the Tim Beckman era is about to dawn. And the picture in Champaign is still fuzzy. Is Illinois a program on the rise? The good news: Illinois ended a dubious 20-game Big Ten losing streak last season. The bad news: Progress has made glacial tangible progress under Beckman, who is 6-18 overall in two years and 1-15 in the Big Ten.

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Dienhart: Three key areas for Gophers in spring ball

NCAA Football: Texas Bowl-Syracuse vs Minnesota

2014 Signing Day - Minnesota

The good times are rolling at Minnesota, as Jerry Kill continues to put his stamp on the program. The proof: The Golden Gophers’ win total has improved each of Kill’s three seasons, going from three to six to eight victories last season. The guy has won at every stop in his career.

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#BTNLive asks: Key to Ohio State's spring camp is ...

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s show, our experts discuss this question: What area do you think is the biggest key at Ohio State’s spring football camp?: #OSUOline, #replacingHyde, #OSUFront7 or #OSUDBs

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Dienhart: Keep an eye on these spots at Wisconsin

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Gary Andersen Talks with Rick Pizzo

Gary Andersen’s debut in Madison was a rousing success—save for the stumble at the end that saw the Badgers lose their regular-season finale at home to Penn State and then fall to South Carolina in the bowl game. Still, there is a lot for Wisconsin to build on after last year’s 9-4 mark that saw the program’s run of three consecutive Rose Bowls come to end.

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Dienhart: 3 positions to watch at Ohio State

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2014 Signing Day - Ohio State

Anticipation continues to bubble at Ohio State. It always does, just in varying degrees each season. Urban Meyer’s third Buckeye squad has the natives excited as it will begin to take shape. And there is plenty of work to do.

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Dienhart: 3 questions for Wildcats this spring

Pat Fitzgerald

2014 Signing Day - Northwestern

Entering 2013, Northwestern was coming off a 10-win season that saw the program win its first bowl game since the 1948 season, ending a nine-game postseason losing skid. But the Wildcats are ready to turn the page on a 2013 season that opened with great promise but morphed into a season to forget.

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