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Dienhart's best of the 2014 BTN bus tour

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Michael Bennett - Fall Practice Interview

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The BTN bus traveled almost 4,000 miles, beginning in Bloomington, Ind., on Aug. 4 and ending in Champaign, Ill., on Aug. 20. We have kicked the tires on all 14 teams one last time—watching practice, talking to players, talking to coaches–before the season kicks off next week. Deep breath!

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What the O'Bannon ruling means for college sports

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Commissioner Delany Talks Power 5 Autonomy

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The NCAA’s model for amateurism took another hit with Friday’s ruling that the NCAA violated anti-trust law in the Ed O’Bannon suit. This, ladies and gentlemen, is maybe the most important ruling in the history of the NCAA. But things may not be as bad you think for the NCAA.

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Autonomy for 'Power 5' is here, so what's next?

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Commissioner Delany Talks Power 5 Autonomy

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We saw this coming. It was no shock that the NCAA passed legislation that grants autonomy to the “Power Five” conferences. In fact, it probably had to happen for the current collegiate model not to be comprised.

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Big Ten has embarrassment of riches at RB

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Ameer Abdullah Student-Athlete Speech - 2014 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon

There’s Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford and Minnesota’s David Cobb. Do you want me to go on? OK.

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Iowa is the team to beat in the West Division

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Kirk Ferentz Media Q&A - 2014 B1G Football Media Day

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Kirk Ferentz isn’t one to get lost in hyperbole. Grand statements? Bold proclamations? They won’t come from the dean of Big Ten coaches who is entering his 16th season in Iowa City. So, don’t expect him to tout and embrace any talk of his team winning the Big Ten West this fall.

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Indiana hopes move to 3-4 scheme helps defense

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Tim Bennett's Helmet Blocks Pass

No one needs to tell Brian Knorr about the struggles of the Indiana defense in recent years. He knows there’s a reason why he’s in Bloomington as the Hoosiers’ new defensive coordinator. The Indiana defense is broken. Badly. And he needs to fix it if this program wants to take the proverbial next step.

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One game a week, it's our expert's Ultimate B1G trip

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Ohio State at Michigan - Top Plays

If time and money weren’t objectives, what Big Ten games would you go to this season? I have built the ultimate 2014 Big Ten schedule, dialing in the game you would need to be at each week. Call it “football nirvana.” See my weekly picks in this post.

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Dienhart reacts to 2014 football preview mags

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2013-14 Ohio State Highlight Reel

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I finally have had a chance to closely check out my three favorite college football preview mags: Athlon, Lindy’s and Sporting News. It’s fun to compare and contrast the predicted order of finish in the various publications. After considering the three publications’ picks, I decided to offer some reactions.

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Dienhart: Big Ten's marquee events to stay put

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2013 Big Ten Football Championship - Ohio State vs. Michigan State

While the Big Ten’s borders stretch from the plains of Nebraska to the shadow of New York City, the iconic conference still remains anchored in the heartland of America. And, that’s the way it should be. Today’s announcement quelled any fears to the contrary, as the conference is committed to Chicago and Indianapolis as anchor cities for its marquee events.

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Tom's Take: Too bad there isn't a playoff this year

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Michigan State vs. Stanford - Rose Bowl Highlights

Michigan State arrived at its first Rose Bowl in 26 years as an underdog to Stanford. But the Spartans left as champs in a thoroughly dominating performance that left no doubt about Michigan State’s status as one of the nation’s top teams.

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Tom's Take: Huskers get revenge vs. UGA in Gator Bowl

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Nebraska vs. Georgia - Gator Bowl Highlights

Nebraska needed this 24-19 win over Georgia in the Gator Bowl. It doesn’t matter that this was an undermanned Bulldogs team. The Cornhuskers had to taste victory after closing the regular season with two losses in their last three games. And the season-ender vs. Iowa was ugly on many fronts.

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Tom's Take: No shame in Iowa falling to LSU

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Iowa vs. LSU - Outback Bowl Highlights

Yes, Iowa lost, 21-14. But it’s no shame in falling to an uber-talented LSU team, which took the opening kickoff and went 79 yards on 12 plays—all runs—in taking a 7-0 lead en route to a 14-0 halftime edge. That set the tone in a game that was more lopsided than the final score indicated.

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Tom's Take: Gophers fall in Texas Bowl

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Syracuse vs. Minnesota - Texas Bowl Highlights

Minnesota’s memorable 2013 season came to an unsatisfying close Friday night with a 21-17 loss to Syracuse in the Texas Bowl. Leading 17-14 with just over two minutes remaining in the game, Syracuse got a 70-yard punt return from Brisley Estime, which eventually set up the game-winning score for the Orange with just over a minute remaining.

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