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Bo Pelini

Dienhart: 101 Big Ten media day questions - Part II

Big Ten media days kick off Wednesday at the Hilton Chicago. There will be no shortage of questions, but not all of them will be posed or answered. I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we await the 2013 season. So, for a little fun, I shared my questions with colleague Brent Yarina to see his answers. We broke the activity into two parts, and here’s the second installment. Have any other questions you want me to ask a player or coach? Send it to me in the comment section at the bottom of this post or

Nathan Scheelhaase

Best Case/Worst Case: Reeling Fighting Illini

The debut of the Tim Beckman era was, well, disappointing. The Fighting Illini went 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the Big Ten, pushing the school’s league losing skid to 14 games. The arrival of new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has increased optimism for what was a moribund attack. Will Illinois make it back to a bowl? Find out in my Best Case/Worst: Illinois. [ RELATED: Visit Dienhart’s Best Case/Worst Case archive ] Best case: Not playing a true road game until Oct. 5 helps Illinois get off to a strong start. Based on talent alone, the Fighting Illini dispatch FCS

Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE

Dienhart: 101 Big Ten media day questions - Part I

Big Ten media days kick off on Wednesday in Chicago. Myriad queries will be asked by reporters, but not all of them will be posed or answered. Me? I have a long list of questions—101, to be exact–as we sit on the precipice of the 2013 season. So, for a little fun, I shared my questions with colleague Brent Yarina to see his answers. We broke the activity into two parts, and you can see the first installment here. Have any other questions you want me to ask a player or coach? Send it to me in the comment section

Carlos Hyde

Ohio State suspends senior RB Carlos Hyde

Previous reports of Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde being dismissed from the team were proven inaccurate when Urban Meyer announced Monday afternoon that the senior running back has been suspended from all team activities pending the outcome of the student code of conduct and criminal investigations. [ AP: Meyer discipline four Buckeyes, including Hyde, Roby ] Hyde was named as a person of interest in a weekend assault against a female in a Downtown bar. As if that wasn’t enough, Ohio State also is looking into a situation regarding star cornerback Bradley Roby in Bloomington, Ind., over the weekend.

James White

Best Case/Worst Case: 3-time reigning champ UW

The Badgers have become the bellwether for the Big Ten, advancing to the last three Rose Bowls. Their quest to make it four in a row is complicated by Leaders Division rival Ohio State being eligible to win the Big Ten and play in a bowl after being on probation last season. Another potential hurdle: Wisconsin must adapt to a new coach in Gary Andersen. Still, there is a lot to like about this team. Here is my best- and worst-case scenarios for the Badgers in 2013. [ RELATED: Visit Dienhart’s Best Case/Worst Case archive ] Best-case: The Badgers cruise

Jack Hoffman & Taylor Martinez

The week that was: BTN.com's top 10 stories

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to take a look at BTN.com’s top 10 most-read stories from the past week. See the complete list in this post. 1. BTN announces on-air talent for 2013 season 2. Dienhart: My All-Big Ten Offense since 2000 3. Dienhart: My All-Big Ten Defense since 2000 4. Feeling smart? Take Bill Carollo’s officials’ exam 5. Photos: Nebraska fan Jack Hoffman at ESPY Awards 6. Clothes Call: Check out Illinois’ new primary helmet 7. BTN/BTN2Go to air football media days this week 8. BTN.com’s 2013 Big Ten football mock draft 9. Dienhart: Here’s a trap

Nov 24, 2011; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald coaches against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Best Case/Worst Case: Media darling Wildcats

Expectations. Every team deals with them. And, of course, they differ from team to team. Right now, in late July, the possibilities seem endless for each Big Ten team. That’s where I come in with a bucket full of confetti—and one full of cold water. I will begin to take a look at my best-case and worst-case scenarios for each team this season. I begin the series with a look at media darling Northwestern, which some feel may have its best team in, well, forever. The Wildcats are coming off a 10-3 season capped by the program’s first bowl victory

Jeffrey Koterba

Photos: Nebraska fan Jack Hoffman at ESPY Awards

Every summer, the biggest sports stars come together to celebrate the best of the best from the year that was at the ESPY Awards. This year’s show had as much star power as any of the previous installments, however few personalities were more popular than Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old Nebraska fan and brain cancer patient. [ RELATED: Jack Hoffman wins “Best Moment” ESPY Award ] Hoffman’s memorable, touching – you name the adjective – touchdown run in the Nebraska Red-White Game (watch it above) took home the year’s “Best Moment.” And everyone in attendance wanted to rub elbows with Hoffman.

Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess

Friday's links: Funchess' outlook, bowl updates & more

One of the Michigan players I am most intrigued about is sophomore tight end Devin Funchess. The guy is an athletic freak who showed flashes of big things last season as a true freshman and could end up being one of the best in the Big Ten at his position in 2013. The great Kyle Meinke and Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com debate if Funchess will double his production in 2013. I say he does. In fact, Funchess may be a 40-catch guy. TIGERS AND BADGERS: Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez said on a recent radio show that he’s close to finalizing

Braxton Miller

BTN.com's 2013 Big Ten football mock draft

Last summer, BTN.com hosted a football mock draft featuring a beat writer for every Big Ten team. It was a fun project. This summer, your friends at BTN.com held their own draft. The participants: senior writer Tom Dienhart, video operations manager Wesley White and web news editor Brent Yarina. This is how it worked: The draft consisted of eight rounds (QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, K, D) and it went in snaking order, starting with Dienhart and ending with Yarina. Here’s who we picked: TOM’S TEAM QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State RB: Venric Mark, Northwestern RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska