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Big Ten Links: MSU vs. Florida hoops, projected bowl landing spots & more

Looks like Michigan State is talking to Florida about playing some hoops. This is good news. Mlive.com points out that the two schools have met six times, including in the 2000 national championship game—when MSU won the Big Ten’s last title. Each team has won three times, including the Gators taking the last matchup in 2009. Who will be coaching the Gators? *** OK, Penn State A.D. Sandy Barbour offers her take on satellite camps. And, I like it. She says everyone should be able to do them … or no one should. She also recently went on to say:

No team has done more with fewer NFL picks than Mark Dantonio's Spartans

No one would argue that having NFL talent will surely help a college team be successful. Ohio State is proof of that. The Buckeyes, winners of at least a share of six of the last 10 Big Ten titles, annually are in the mix for the Big Ten's most NFL draft picks.

Big Ten links: Early thoughts on 2016 draft, Philip Nelson update & more

Ohio State did OK in the 2015 draft with five picks. Cleveland.com says next year could rival 2004, when the Buckeyes set a record with 14 players drafted. It’s possible Ohio State breaks its own record. “No question Ohio State is a team that’s going to be well represented at next year’s draft,” CBSSports.com NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “There’s so much talent, we could be talking about potentially double digit draft picks for the Buckeyes next year.” So, what does that mean for OSU on the field this season? Are another unbeaten season and

Big Ten links: Brandon Scherff's big pay off, NFL draft reaction & more

The decision by Brandon Scherff to return for his senior season paid off—handsomely, as he was the No. 5 overall pick. He won the Outland Trophy that goes to the nation’s best interior lineman. He became the Hawkeyes’ 21st consensus All-American. And Thursday, he became the fifth player in the history of Iowa football to get drafted in the top five. The guy is gonna be a stud. “I set goals for myself that (offensive line coach) Brian Ferentz and coach (Reese) Morgan told me to set for myself, and I accomplished some of those and I’m happy,” Scherff said.

NFL Draft: A look at Big Ten first-round picks since 2005

The Big Ten had three first-round picks last night to kick off the 2015 NFL Draft. That brings the Big Ten school’s total first-round picks to 57 in the last 11 drafts. Ohio State leads the way with 13 first-round picks, almost twice as many as No. 2 school Wisconsin which has had seven. On Thursday, Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff went No. 5 to the Redskins, Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes went No. 11 to the Vikings and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon went No. 15 to the Chargers. It is a bit of a surprise to see Illinois No.

NFL Draft: A look at the Big Ten players still on the board

Just three Big Ten schools had players picked in the opening round of the draft, with Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin being represented. When could other schools see their first player picked? Here is a look at the player most likely to be picked first (or next) from each Big Ten school over the next two days of the draft. You can track the draft at FoxSports.com. Illinois: TE Matt LaCosse, 7th round-FA Indiana: RB Tevin Coleman, 2nd-3rd round Iowa: DT Carl Davis, 2nd-3rd round Maryland: WR Stefon Diggs, 3rd-4th round Michigan: WR Devin Funchess, 3rd-4th round Michigan State: RB

Big Ten links: NFL Draft news & a scholarship offer for an 8th-grader?

The Big Ten had three first-round picks, as Iowa T/G Brandon Scherff went No. 5 to the Redskins, then Michigan State CB Trae Waynes went No. 11 to the Vikings, and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon went No. 15 to the Chargers. I was a bit surprised to see Scherff go so high, but he’s a safe pick, and he is very good. Waynes went about where I thought he would as did Gordon. But I thought Gordon would be the first back taken. He wasn’t, as the St. Louis Rams took Georgia’s Todd Gurley at No. 10. Remember when Nebraska DE Randy Gregory