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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

Allen Robinson

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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Q&A: What Bill Cubit sees in Illinois

The Illinois offense was broken in 2012. How bad was it? The Fighting Illini ranked 11th in the Big Ten in rushing (127.8 ypg); 11th in passing (168.8 ypg); last overall (296.7 ypg); last in scoring (16.7 ppg) during a 2-10 debut season for Tim Beckman that saw the Illini finish 0-8 in the Big Ten.

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Spring Preview: Spartans looking to bounce back

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Looking Ahead to Michigan State Spring Game

Any way you slice it, the 2012 season was a disappointment for Michigan State. The Spartans were coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons—with a trip to the Big Ten title game in 2011—and were thinking big entering last season. Alas, MSU flopped to a 7-6 mark that saw the Spartans lose five home games (0-4 in Big Ten) and come up short in myriad close games. In fact, MSU lost five games by a combined 13 points. An erratic offense was at the root of the Spartans’ woes. As a result, Mark Dantonio shook up his staff.

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Spring Preview: Challenges ahead for Nittany Lions

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Looking Ahead to Penn State Spring Game

By just about every measuring stick, the 2012 Penn State season was a success—and that’s saying a lot, considering the tumult and unknowns with which the program began the season. But perhaps the scariest moment occurred after the air had been taken out of the football when rumors swirled that Bill O’Brien may bolt to the NFL. It all proved to be unfounded and O’Brien pledged his allegiance to Penn State, and that’s good because the next few seasons could be very challenging for the program as it begins to deal with the throes of severe NCAA sanctions that have trimmed scholarships from 85 to 65.

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Ready for Saturday's games on BTN/BTN2Go?

Allen Robinson

Looking Ahead to Michigan State Spring Game

There’s a trio of Big Ten football spring games Saturday, and all three air live on BTN/BTN2Go. It all starts with Penn State, at noon ET, continues with Michigan State, at 2:30 p.m. ET, and culminates with Wisconsin, at 5 p.m. ET.

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Will Michigan offense be better without Denard?

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Back to Back Michigan Touchdowns

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It might be crazy to consider, but will the Michigan offense be better this season sans Denard Robinson? You know, the same Robinson who set numerous records with his ability to rack up eye-popping statistical days? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss the topic in this post, and their answers may surprise some.

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Dienhart: Purdue continues to forge change

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Purdue Spring Game Highlights

Purdue has turned the page for the second time since Joe Tiller stepped aside after the 2008 season, as the wraps are taken off the Darrell Hazell era. One of the top goals this spring was to change attitudes, revise expectations and get tough. Schemes were installed, as well, as Hazell and his staff got familiar with their personnel and what those players can do.

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Video: Robot delivers Michigan game ball

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If one wasn’t on social media during the beginning of the Michigan spring game last Saturday, he or she probably didn’t hear about the robot that delivered the game ball to midfield. Yes, you read that correctly. The Wolverines had a robot present the game ball to the officials prior to their spring game at Michigan Stadium. Watch video of it in this post.

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Dienhart: Indiana is a program on the rise

Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Shane Wynn (1) prior to a game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Shane Wynn Touchdown

Kevin Wilson continues to put his stamp on the Indiana program as he enters his third season in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are looking for their first bowl trip since 2007. The team almost turned the corner last season, going from 1-11 overall and 0-8 in the Big Ten to 4-8 and 2-6. This is a program with some momentum that’s on the rise. Here are some observations from Saturday’s spring game.

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Debate it: Will Ohio State have B1G's best offense?

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Devin Smith Touchdown

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Give Braxton Miller and the Ohio State offense another year under Urban Meyer, and the results should improve. Heck, in Year One with Meyer, the Buckeyes averaged a Big Ten-best 37.2 points per game. With Miller and a host of his best weapons back, including Carlos Hyde, Corey Brown and Devin Smith, among others, will Ohio State have the Big Ten’s best offense in 2013? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

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Dienhart: Wildcats offense clicks

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Northwestern Spring Game Highlights

Hope is floating at a high level in Evanston for what may be Pat Fitzgerald’s best Northwestern team yet. In fact, it may be the school’s best team since the 1995 squad that marched to the Rose Bowl. The Wildcats have some swagger as they put the wraps on spring practice, as Fitz prepares for—can you believe this?—his eighth season leading Northwestern. And, it could be special. Very special.

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Dienhart: Michigan d-line looked real good

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Devin Funchess Big Catch and Thomas Rawls Touchdown

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Michigan hopes it took the first few steps toward the school’s first Big Ten championship since 2004 Saturday in the spring game. Brady Hoke’s third team has a lot of potential after coming close to winning the Legends Division in 2012. But it’s also a program in transition on the offensive side of the ball with iconic Denard Robinson no longer around.

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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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