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Dean Lowry

Friday's links: What's with these schedule changes?

Schools are changing and massaging schedules all the time. So, don’t flip out over recent revelations about Vanderbilt opting out of upcoming games with Ohio State and Northwestern. Now, the manner in which Vanderbilt informed each school (through the mail) wasn’t appropriate. But canceling a series? Not a big deal. Northwestern and Ohio State were supposed to play the Commodores in 2013, with Vandy coming to Ohio State and Northwestern playing at Vanderbilt, which played at Northwestern this season. The Commodores also were supposed to play at Northwestern again in 2014. Minnesota recently wriggled out of a two-game series with

Michigan State's Keith Appling

Player Rankings: No. 8 Keith Appling

BTN.com’s Brent Yarina is unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next: Michigan State’s Keith Appling. THE COUNTDOWN No. 10: Jared Berggren, Sr., Wisconsin No. 9: Branden Dawson, So., Michigan State Appling’s career stats: Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT% 2010-11 MSU 34 18 22.9 6.4 2.8 1.3 0.6 0.5 1.6

Basketballs are lined up on a rack. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Watch Indiana, Iowa 'Midnight Madness' events

Attention Iowa and Indiana basketball fans: Your school’s version of “Midnight Madness” can be seen live on the Big Ten Digital Network. Iowa’s “Black & Gold Blowout” is Friday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. ET and Indiana’s “Hoosier Hysteria” is Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. ET. Also, BTN.com will clip the best portions of each event just like we did for Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue last week, and then post them the day after each event. Penn State’s “Hoops Madness” is Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET, and it will also be available on the Big Ten

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IU coaches profiled on 'Women's Report'

Dara McIntosh, Kara Lentz, and Michelle McMahon appear on Friday’s “The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” at 2:30 p.m. ET and bring you a profile on current Indiana women’s soccer coach Mick Lyon and his wife Elizabeth. Both suffer from multiple sclerosis but continue to fight it and have a positive outlook on life. (Update: Watch the feature in this post.) Also Friday, Big Ten volleyball and field hockey highlights, analysis and breakdowns as well as a look at the latest “Midnight Madness” events for women’s basketball. On Thursday night, Ohio State’s Tiffany Cameron and the Buckeyes beat No. 17

Tim Beckman

Dienhart: My 12 questions for your 12 teams

Saturday is almost here. Here are my most pressing questions for each school as we kick it into overdrive and head into the second half of the 2012 football season. Also, catch “The Football Report” tonight at 7 p.m. ET as I’ll be making an appearance with Mike Hall, Rosevelt Colvin, and Tony banks. Illinois: Will the Illini solve problems during an off week? There are a lot to solve. Offense? Defense? Special teams? They all have had issues during a four-game losing skein. Illinois is last in the Big Ten in scoring (18.1 ppg) and 11th in scoring defense

Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Baker Steinkuhler (55) cheers against Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter (2) during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Northwestern won 28-25. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Week 8 Previews: Big Ten Legends battle brewing

In my preview of Saturday’s six games, I take closer looks at one big rematch (Nebraska at Northwestern), a pair of major rivalries (Michigan State at Michigan, Minnesota at Wisconsin), two more with some intriguing recent history (Penn State at Iowa, Purdue at Ohio State), and a non-conference game with a Big Ten team hungry for a win (Indiana at Navy). I’ll be in Evanston on Saturday covering the Huskers as they seek revenge for last year’s loss to the Wildcats, so follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. I’ll also be tracking all of the other games with my usual Saturday

Dave Revsine Headshot

Numbers: Big stats for big Week 8 games

Week 8 in the Big Ten is chock full of intriguing games. Michigan-Michigan State has arguably been the most talked-about rivalry in the conference over the last five years – from Mike Hart’s “little brother” quip in 2007 all the way through the early-season derogatory comments about Denard Robinson on Twitter by some Michigan State players this season. I can’t wait to get it going Saturday at 3:30 ET on BTN/BTN2Go. But that’s far from the only compelling game this weekend. Nebraska-Northwestern is a huge one in Evanston with both teams needing a win in their quests to get to

Mark Dantonio

Debate it: Will Michigan State go bowling?

A week or so ago, it would have been crazy to entertain such a topic. But with a 4-3 record and a grueling slate of games remaining, will Michigan State get bowl eligible? It’s a fair question, especially when one takes a look at the team’s final six games: at Michigan, at Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern and at Minnesota. To be bowl eligible, the Spartans, who play at Michigan at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go, must finish 2-4. Will they get those two wins? BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina debate it. [RELATED: Big Ten Field Pass will be live from

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Zach Boren (44) talks to head coach Urban Meyer during the spring game at Ohio Stadium. The Scarlet team won the game 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Links: On 'backers, buckets & big battles

In today’s batch of Big Ten Links, I open with a good look at Ohio State’s struggling defense, which allowed a combined 87 points the last two weeks. That’s no secret, and as Bill Rabinowitz writes today in the Columbus Dispatch, a big reason for the struggles is the lack of strong linebacker play. Attrition through transfers, injuries, and position switches has chipped away at the unit’s depth. On the topic of Ohio State linebackers, Ryan Shazier is full of promise but still prone to make mistakes. Etienne Sabino was coming on as the star of the unit until suffering a

Branden Dawson

Player Rankings: No. 9 Branden Dawson

BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is unveiling his 2012-13 preseason Big Ten Player Rankings one by one. The countdown goes in reverse order, of course, and each installment includes player stats and one video highlight from last season. Once the season starts, Yarina will release a weekly Player Rankings every Monday. Up next: Michigan State’s Branden Dawson. THE COUNTDOWN No. 10: Jared Berggren, Sr., Wisconsin Dawson’s career stats: Per Game Team G GS MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TOPG PFPG FG% 3P% FT% 2011-12 MSU 31 31 20.6 8.4 4.5 0.9 0.9 0.8 1.4 1.3 .577 .000 .594 Career