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It is no secret to Big Ten fans that Michigan and Michigan State have restored one of the top in-state rivalries throughout college basketball over the past couple of seasons. But what is it that makes both of these programs so successful?
Not all season-opening games are created equally. Some are more difficult and critical than others. Yes, you never want to put too much stock into one game. Still, the first game of the season is bigger and more important for some teams than it is for others. With the season fast approaching, here is my look at the seven most fascinating season openers.
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We’re eight days from the 2013 football season kicking off. Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) get things started for the Big Ten on Thursday, Aug. 29 on BTN/BTN2Go. To help count down the days to kickoff, BTN.com is ranking the top 25 players. Join us as we count it down, from 25-1, every day.
As Kirk Ferentz enters his 15th season in Iowa City, he finds himself looking to get his program back on track. The Hawkeyes’ win total has gone from 11 to 8 to 7 to 4 last season. Myriad questions loom for Iowa as it winds down training camp, as the halcyon days of the early-2000s fade further into the rear-view mirror. But Ferentz and Co., often do their best work when expectations are low.
Believe it or not, the 2013 BTN Football Tour has reached its 12th and final stop. The guys took in Iowa practice Tuesday morning, and they live tweeted throughout the day. Find some of their best tweets in this post. Reminder: Watch the Iowa Preview Show at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on BTN/BTN2Go.
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If you want to see Ohio State and Michigan play on back-to-back weeks, you’ll like Stewart Mandel’s 2013 Big Ten football preview. Mandel, who released his preview Tuesday, picks Ohio State to beat Michigan in the Big Ten title game, one week after losing at Michigan.