Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, August 29, 2013

The Big Ten season is here! The Big Ten season is here! Indiana State plays at Indiana, while UNLV is at Minnesota. But first, this: The Big Ten will allow an unlimited number of replays to be shown on video boards in football stadiums this fall. Smart move. Attendance is a concern at many stadiums, as the in-home football experience is difficult to beat, what with HD TVs, mini fridges, clean and convenient restrooms and such. Other changes proposed by the Big Ten are to have wireless in stadiums and exclusive content on video boards.This all is a good start. Now, about those games that start at 8 p.m. local time?

This is the closest thing you?ll get to a definitive Taylor Martinez feature. Thanks, Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald.

Martinez often gets swallowed up in the shadow of Braxton Miller. But, honestly, is there a huge difference between the two? It would be great to see the two square off in the Big Ten championship game. That?s my prediction.


Can Akeem Hunt be Purdue?s every-down back? He?s fast and strong with some playmaking ability. But is he big enough to endure over the long haul?

Hunt is determined to show he can. We shall see. The Boilermakers could use some big-time productiveness from him this fall for an offense that needs difference-makers.


Nice podcast by Columbus Dispatch scribes Tim May and Bill Rabinowitz, getting you caught up on all things Buckeyes.


It?s game-day eve, Michigan State fans! Get fired up! Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal is.

Could the Spartans be primed for an upset vs. Western Michigan? Couch doesn?t think so. And neither do I-even if the offense isn?t clicking. Tailgate long and hard, Spartans fans! Days like this don?t happen too often.


They are about to celebrate ?Fry Fest? in Iowa, a tribute to iconic Hawkeyes coach Hayden Fry. That has caused Cedar Rapids Gazette scribe Mike Hlas to get wistful about Fry and retell this classic story.

Just try not to laugh. Go ahead. I dare you. You will, so don?t hold it in.


Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel tells you what keeps Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen up at night.

Here, I?ll spoil it for you: It?s not indigestion or acid reflux. Nope. You see, Andersen is worried that Jared Abbrederis, the Badgers? lone consistent wideout, could get hurt working as the No. 1 punt returner. If that happens ?


Good story on Penn State running back Zach Zwinak, one of my fav Big Ten players. Such a big, tough physical back who was one of the Big Ten?s biggest surprises in 2012 with a 1,000-yard rushing season. Who saw that coming? Am I right, people?

More Penn State: Remember when Garry Gilliam was a tight end? Now, he?s an impressive looking offensive tackle who is massive.



My take: This is interesting.

My take: It?s about time.

My take: Yep.

My take: It does make you wonder, doesn?t it?

My take: I guess Nebraska likes its depth at running back.

My take: Blackshirts are out!

My take: Just laughable.

My take: I think he?ll get there.


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