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Dienhart: My 2013 All-Big Ten Spring Team

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Seven-Year-Old Jack Hoffman Runs For Touchdown

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The Big Ten put a wrap on spring football last weekend, with Iowa and Minnesota playing the final spring games in the conference. Now, the long offseason begins. But, honestly, this is when players get better—not from September to December.

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Iowa's offense shows some flashes

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Iowa Spring Game Highlights

Iowa had a lot of work to do in spring drills coming off a 4-8 season that was the program’s worst since 2000. The offense, which struggled mightily last season and had just seven touchdown passes, may have turned a corner this spring under second-year coordinator Greg Davis. No doubt, the offense looked good in the spring game. The defense also may have found a playmaker up front.

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Gophers offense shows progress

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Jerry Kill Post-Spring Game Interview

Minnesota officially is pointed toward Year Three under Jerry Kill, putting a cap on spring drills with a game today. The team showed improvement from its first year under Kill to last season. The 2013 season could be the best yet, as it looks to pass better and make more big plays on offense, while tightening up the run defense.

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Spring Preview: Gophers look to take big step

Two years into the Jerry Kill era, and progress at Minnesota is tangible. The Golden Gophers went from 3-9 in 2011 to 6-7, earning a bowl bid. The next step: move out of the basement of the Legends Division and win a postseason game for the first time since 2004. Year Three has been a charm for Kill at his last two stops, going 10-3 at Northern Illinois and 10-2 at Southern Illinois. To continue that trend in Dinkytown, big keys will be developing some big-play ability on offense and tightening the defense vs. the run. And the special teams need lots of improvement. This is an underrated coaching staff that’s capable of doing it all.

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Spring Preview: Work ahead for Hawkeyes

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Iowa Spring Game Preview

There is a sense of urgency in Iowa City, as the Hawkeyes look to rebound from the school’s worst season since 2000. There has been plenty of work to do on both sides of the ball, but the offense has the most heavy lifting. Except for running back and line, Iowa has questions on offense. The defense? A search for playmakers up front is on. That has made this an interesting spring for the Hawkeyes, as Kirk Ferentz begins his 15th season on campus.

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Film Session: Ohio State OC Tom Herman

November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) talks on a headset in the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Tom Herman Film Session

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Offensive coordinators under Urban Meyer go on to big things. There’s Steve Addazio and Dan Mullen, to name a couple. BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo thinks a similar fate could be in store for Meyer’s current OC, Tom Herman, whose offense averaged a Big Ten-best 37.2 points last season. DiNardo sat down with Herman recently for our latest “Film Session.” Watch the full segment here.

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Penn State QB Steven Bench opts to transfer

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It was a surprise to see news that Steven Bench is transferring from Penn State. He appeared to be in the thick of the quarterback chase to replace Matt McGloin, competing with JC transfer Tyler Ferguson along with walk-ons D.J. Crook and Austin Whipple this spring.

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Will Hawkeyes bounce back and make bowl?

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Greg Davis - Gerry DiNardo Conversation

Everyone associated with the Iowa football program would love to forget the 2012 season. It was a struggle all around, in pretty much every facet, as the Hawkeyes finished 4-8 and missed out on a bowl game for the first time since 2007. Can this year’s new-look team get back to the postseason? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina offer their thoughts in this post.

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Debate It: Can Wildcats win Legends Division?

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Kain Colter Rushed for 4 Touchdowns

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The way Northwestern finished the 2012 season, culminating in the program’s first bowl win since the 1948 Rose Bowl, coupled with the fact it returns much of its skill position talent, expectations are quite high in Evanston. In fact, some are wondering if the Wildcats – yes, the Wildcats – have what it takes to play for their first Big Ten title since 2000. Do they? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss in this post.

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Here's the best from Saturday's spring games

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The Bullough's Brother-to-Brother Pass

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Saturday featured a trio of Big Ten spring games on BTN/BTN2Go. Watch all of our spring football highlights and interviews here. If you missed Saturday’s Michigan State, Penn State or Wisconsin game, find all the best moments in this post.

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Dienhart: Joel Stave, Badgers looked impressive

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Joel Stave Interview

Wisconsin took its next big step in the new Gary Andersen regime today in the spring game. Many key players sat out the game, but the Badgers debuted their new 3-4 defensive scheme. And the offense came out throwing for a unit that needs to find a quarterback and some playmaking receivers. Here are some observations.

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Video: BTN.com's Tom Dienhart visits BTN telecast

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Tom Dienhart Visits Badgers Spring Game

BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart was in Madison, Wis., for Wisconsin’s spring game Saturday afternoon. Dienhart joined the telecast during the second half to offer his thoughts on the new-look Badgers. Watch Dienhart’s segment with the BTN crew now and get his tweets from the game in this post.

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Dienhart: Plenty of questions remain for MSU offense

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Aaron Burbridge Catches Deep Pass

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Michigan State entered spring drills with few big questions on defense. In fact, the Spartans may have the Big Ten’s top defense—again. But the offense still has some big questions to answer after the spring game today. Here are some observations.

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Dienhart: What to make of PSU QB situation?

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Brent Wilkerson Touchdown

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Penn State took its next steps forward in Year Two under Bill O’Brien. In the spring game, there were signs of many things to build on going forward, including a strong offensive line, nice collection of skill players on offense and a veteran secondary. Here are some observations from today’s spring game.

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Video: Penn State's Bill O'Brien on loud speaker

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Bill O'Brien Loud Speaker Plays

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Penn State introduced a pretty cool wrinkle to its Blue-White Spring Game on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Early in the third quarter, head coach Bill O’Brien called the team’s plays over the PA system, for all the fans to hear.

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Football Report: Saturday's games on BTN/BTN2Go

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Looking Ahead to Michigan State Spring Game

There’s a trio of Big Ten Spring Football games Saturday as BTN continues to cover all 12 school events. All three Saturday games air live on BTN/BTN2Go with Penn State at noon ET, Michigan State, at 2:30 p.m., and Wisconsin, at 5 p.m..  All of this is followed by a one-hour “Big Ten Football Report: Spring Football Edition” as Dave Revsine breaks down the day’s events with Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.

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Spring Preview: First look at Wisconsin

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Gary Andersen Feature

Wisconsin begins a new era after Gary Andersen was hired from Utah State as the Badgers program’s third coach since 1990. Andersen inherited a full cupboard after Bret Bielema bolted for Arkansas, so the new coach’s task is a bit easier as he pursues the program’s fourth Big Ten title in a row. But issues must be settled, beginning with the quarterback and secondary. Some work was accomplished this spring, but more remains.

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