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Clothes Call: Spring game teams divided by helmet design

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Tim Clary Rumbles in for a Touchdown

A couple years ago, the idea of a college football team lining up in different helmets during a spring game was the furthest thing from fans’ minds. Times have changed, though, and a majority of teams boast at least two helmets to choose from every week. In this weekend’s spring action alone, we saw a trio of Big Ten teams divide their squads by helmet design.

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Dienhart: Ohio State spring game thoughts

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Braxton Miller Touchdown

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Urban Meyer put the wraps on his second Ohio State spring practice Saturday afternoon. And optimism remains high heading into Year Two coming off a 12-0 season. The offense showed flashes of why it could be one of the Big Ten’s best. And a rebuilt defensive front seven looked good—and only figures to improve. Yes, the Buckeyes may be the Big Ten’s top team—again.

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Gallery: 2013 Michigan spring game

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Michigan held its annual spring game Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Throughout the game, we added some of the best shots to a photo gallery in this post. Jump inside and check out all the top USA TODAY Sports images from Saturday’s Michigan spring game.

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Gallery: 2013 Ohio State spring game

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Ohio State is hosting its annual Scarlet-Gray Spring Game today at Paul Brown Stadium, and throughout the action, we’re collecting all the best shots in a photo gallery. See all the best USA TODAY Sports photos from the Cincinnati Bengals’ home in this post.

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Dienhart: New wrinkles in Illini offense

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An Interview with 1965 All-American Jim Grabowski

Here are my observations from Friday night’s Illinois spring game, as Tim Beckman moves toward his second season leading the Fighting Illini coming off a 2-10 season. There were 40 players going through their first spring game, showing the youth of this squad.

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Spring Preview: Illini have work to do

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2013 Signing Day - Illinois

Year One under Tim Beckman was difficult. A lack of depth was a major issue in the transition from the Ron Zook era. But, Beckman didn’t stand pat, making wholesale staff changes that include a new offensive coordinator along with new offensive and defensive line coaches. This spring has been about developing chemistry, improving horrid special teams and developing a winning attitude—among other things–as Beckman continues to put his stamp on the team.

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Spring Preview: Wildcats packed with talent

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2013 Signing Day - Northwestern

Hopes are high in Evanston. Northwestern is coming off its first bowl victory since toppling Cal in the Rose Bowl after the 1948 season, winning 10 games for just the third time in school annals and first since the 1995 Rose Bowl squad. Now, the possibilities seem endless for what could be Pat Fitzgerald’s most talented team yet at his alma mater. NU has been to a bowl each of the last five seasons and has a legit chance to win the Legends Division if the defense continues to make strides this spring.

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Listen to this: Spring Q&A with coaches, players

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Tom Dienhart Nebraska Spring Game Impressions

How far does Urban Meyer think his front seven has come on defense? What challenges are on the horizon for Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and his offense? Want to hear Purdue’s Darrell Hazell describe how his staff has come together? Listen to the latest Big Ten Conference teleconferences as each of the 12 Big Ten football coach and a selected player answer questions from the reporters covering their teams as the spring football season rolls on.

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Spring Preview: Purdue QB battle will heat up

November 24, 2012; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Rob Henry (15) runs past Indiana Hoosiers cornerback Brian Williams (7) during the game at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sandra Dukes-US PRESSWIRE

2013 Signing Day - Purdue

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There is a sense of renewed optimism in West Lafayette with the dawn of the Darrell Hazell era. The former Kent State coach and long-time Ohio State assistant has built a strong staff and brought a winning attitude to Purdue. How quickly can he develop an offensive identity? That will be key in trying to get the Boilermakers to a third bowl in a row. Keep an eye on the quarterback battle and offensive line, the two biggest keys for 2013.

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Debate it: Will Bill Cubit fix Illinois' offense?

To put it mildly, the Illinois offense struggled last season under co-coordinators Chris Beatty and Billy Gonzales. It’s Bill Cubit’s unit now, and the veteran coach has had success on various stops across the nation. Will it continue in Champaign, and as soon as this season? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina address the Illini offense in this post, and they’ll continue to do so throughout the spring football season. All of our spring football coverage is here, and the 2013 Spring Football Schedule is here.

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Spring Preview: All about defense for Indiana

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2013 Signing Day - Indiana

Indiana is a program on the rise as it enters its third season under Kevin Wilson. It also is a young program that’s still developing and lacking a strong senior core. Still, there is some excitement for a program searching for its first bowl since 2007. To take that next step, the Indiana defense needs to improve—a lot. Hope floats for a program that may be on the verge of turning the corner.

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Spring Preview: Ohio State's big expectations

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The debut for Urban Meyer was smashing, as he led the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in 2012. If not for being on NCAA probation, Ohio State would have been in the thick of the national championship race. The shackles are off this season—and expectations are sky high for a team that should have a terrific offense. How will the defense develop? That will be the key for a Buckeyes team that has legit national championship aspirations.

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Spring Preview: Talented Michigan eyes Big Ten title

Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Gardner Buys Time, Hits Dileo in the Endzone

Michigan came close to breaking through to the Big Ten title game last season in Year Two under Brady Hoke. But, alas, it didn’t happen—as a loss at Nebraska in which Denard Robinson got hurt proved to be detrimental. So, the program still is searching for its first Big Ten championship since 2004. It could come this season, if among other things, Devin Gardner proves to be the real deal and the defensive line develops. Yes, this is still a relatively young team, but it has lots of talent, potential and hunger as it begins life without Robinson, a Michigan icon.

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Video: Brutus gets leveled in football practice

You know it’s spring when the school mascots are getting reps with the football team. At Ohio State, Brutus even lined up at quarterback during a recent fan appreciation day. And while the mascot showed Braxton Miller-like ability to escape the rush, he wasn’t fortunate enough to avoid David Perkins’ bone-crushing, ball-dislodging hit.

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Video: Brain cancer patient, 7, runs for memorable TD

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Seven-Year-Old Jack Hoffman Runs For Touchdown

Remember Jack Hoffman? He’s the young Nebraska fan who’s battling brain cancer and has formed a special bond with Nebraska legend Rex Burkhead. We featured Hoffman, 7, and his friendship with Burkhead on last year’s “The Journey,” a segment included in this post.

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Dienhart: Nebraska offense looks good - really good

Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini watches prior to the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Bo Pelini: Mic'd Up

Lincoln, Neb. — What did we learn today at the Nebraska spring game? Not a lot, really. Never do in these things. But that’s not the point. The point is to excite the fan base for the coming season, to get some young players live work—and to avoid injuries.

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Watch Red-White Spring Game highlights

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Alonzo Moore Touchdown

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Throughout Saturday afternoon’s Red-White Spring Game on BTN/BTN2Go at Memorial Stadium, BTN.com is clipping and posting all the greatest highlights. Watch all the day’s best plays, plus get our on-the-field interviews, in this post.

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