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Big Ten links: Mariota vs. Jones, Harbaugh's rooting interest & more

The hype continues to build for Monday night’s national championship game. No doubt, the play of the quarterbacks will play a big role in the outcome. Cleveland.com takes a look at how Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones stack up numbers-wise. On the subject of Ohio State, how good of a job has Urban Meyer done this year? It has to be one of the all-time best coaching jobs ever, right? The way Meyer has managed an injury-riddled quarterback spot and improved the defense has been remarkable. *** Who is Jim Harbaugh rooting for to win the national

Big Ten links: Big Illini win, Riley builds Huskers staff & more

If this is what life without Rayvonte Rice (out indefinitely with a broken hand) is going to be like for Illinois, then things may be A-OK in Champaign. The Illini got a monster effort from Malcolm Hill en route to shocking Maryland on Wednesday night. This was a huge win for Illinois—it also was its first of Big Ten play after suffering some tough losses earlier in league action. This could be a spark. *** The staff of new Nebraska coach Mike Riley is taking shape. And it has an “Oregon State” feel, if you know what I mean. Including

ESPN writer's apology to Big Ten, Jack Hoffman & more in today's links

This is a fun piece: ESPN.com writer Mark Schlabach wrote an apology to the Big Ten, a conference he buried earlier this year. *** Looks like D.J. Durkin reportedly will be defensive coordinator at Michigan. He was with Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and most recently ran the defense at Florida, where he was interim head coach for the Gators’ bowl win. *** The great Mike Griffith of Mlive.com has a good recap of Michigan State’s 11-2 season in photo and extended cutline fashion. *** Nice piece from Tom Shatel of Omaha.com on Jack Hoffman’s appreciation for meeting Stuart Scott, who

RichRod likes Harbaugh hire: 'He’s a ball coach … and he wins'

I caught up with Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez recently for a story I’m working on. While I had him on the phone, I had to ask him about Michigan’s hiring of Jim Harbaugh. “It didn’t surprise me,” Rodriguez said. “The time in San Francisco is done. I think he’ll do well. They have a lot of resources. He’s a ball coach … and he wins.” Rodriguez knows there can be pitfalls coaching his alma mater, which he did at West Virginia and had great success from 2001-07. But that doesn’t have to be an issue. A key is having unity