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Big Ten links: Missouri reaction, Tracy Claeys' future & more

The power of football (and the big, big, BIG money associated with it) never was more apparent than at Missouri, where the threat of a boycott of this week’s game swiftly brought down the school’s president. On Saturday, the team threw its support behind campus protesters who didn’t like how the president was handling complaints about racism and other student-welfare issues. A few days later, he was gone. *** Look here: Sounds like Tracy Claeys could have the “interim” removed from his title at Minnesota. That would be great … and the smart thing to do. I think the school

Dienhart: A quick look at current Big Ten athletic directors

With news that Illinois has fired athletic director Mike Thomas, the Big Ten now has two schools being led by interim ADs. [ MORE: Illinois fires director of athletics Mike Thomas ] Minnesota is being spearheaded by interim A.D. Beth Goetz after Norwood Teague was let go in August. Paul Kowalczyk is filling in for Thomas at Illinois. And both schools also have interim football coaches in Tracy Claeys at Minnesota and Bill Cubit at Illinois. The turnover at athletic director has been rapid in the Big Ten, as five of the current ADs have been hired since 2010. Once

Bowl Projections: 11 Big Ten teams make Jerry Palm's latest list

Big changes this week in the bowl projections of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, as the Big Ten went from eight bowl teams last week to 11 this week. [ MORE: Best of Week 10 | Week 10 scores | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Mailbag | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 10 picks revisited | Week 10 award winners | Dienhart: Iowa isn’t going away, America | Gerry DiNardo tweets | Watch Nebraska celebrate in locker room | New Week 10 uniform designs | Mini LEGO stadiums

Big Ten links: Michigan's two-point conversion, Iowa's play & more

Why did Jim Harbaugh go for two points early in the third quarter when his team was up 25 points? Was it because the RU players talked some trash in the tunnel at halftime? *** Speaking of Michigan, you had to be impressed with Michigan QB Jake Rudock vs. Rutgers. That may have been his best game yet coming off an effort at Minnesota in which he got banged up and knocked from the game. He showed toughness on a TD jaunt early on vs. RU, making the dash to pay dirt even though he was sore and knew he

Dienhart: 'Iowa isn't going away, America. Deal with it'

It wasn’t always fancy, it wasn’t always pretty … but in the end, it was effectively spectacular for the Hawkeyes. Welcome to Iowa football, 2015, which moved to 9-0 with a 35-27 win at Indiana on Saturday afternoon.

Hard Takes: Get prepped for Saturday with 10 quick opinions

It has been an interesting week with the release of the first College Football Playoff poll creating ripples across the landscape. I take a look at that and other items in my Hard Takes. Remember: Seven games on Saturday (full scoreboard here). On BTN, it’s Illinois at Purdue at noon ET, then Wisconsin at Maryland and  Rutgers at Michigan, both at 3:30 p.m. ET. use the BTN TV GameFinder to get your TV information. 1. So, the first College Football Playoff poll was revealed. I hope you didn’t get too revved up over what you saw. It means little, especially