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Big Ten links: Ohio State names Cardale Jones Saturday's starter


Our panel: Why is Jones the starter?

Ohio State has a starting quarterback. Wisconsin may get Corey Clement back. And one writer has a name to be the next Illinois football coach, and it might surprise you. Read those stories and more in Thursday’s edition of Big Ten links.

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Week 4 Big Ten Previews: Welcome to the final week of non-conference

Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; The Michigan State Spartans celebrate after beating the Air Force Falcons at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Air Force-Michigan State highlight

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Week 4 is bursting at the seams with 14 games. None have national implications, but all will go a long way in shaping the fortunes of the Big Ten and its postseason hopes.

There are just two road games—and they are intriguing: Indiana at Wake Forest and Maryland at West Virginia. And how cool will the BYU at Michigan tilt be? Exactly.

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Jordan Canzeri Q&A: 'All of Hawkeye Nation got the (Pitt) win'

Sep 19, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back Jordan Canzeri (33) runs for a first down while being chased by Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Jeremiah Taleni (94) at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa beat Pittsburgh 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Canzeri relives wild Iowa win

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Iowa is one of five Big Ten unbeatens. And that’s a bit of surprise for a program that many had modest expectations for in 2015. But, Hawkeye running back Jordan Canzeri had no reservations that this could be a big season in Iowa City.

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Media survey: Most impressive Big Ten football team so far?

Sep 19, 2015; Durham, NC, USA; Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) throws to a receiver in their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Fitzgerald addresses the media

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The Big Ten is starting to come into focus as we enter the fourth week of action. Ohio State and Michigan State are 1-2 in the AP poll. And Northwestern, Iowa and Indiana have been early surprises, as each is 3-0. But what team has been the most impressive so far?

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Big Ten links: Possible No. 1 vs. No. 2, Minnesota QB situation & more

OK, yesterday marked the two-month warning bell for the Michigan State at Ohio State game. I know what you are thinking … that’s WAY too much time between now and then to be talking about that game. SO much can happen over the next 60 or so days. Point taken. But that won’t stop me from cranking up the hype machine right now. Will both teams make it to 10-0 before meeting?

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Tom’s Take: Week 3 Big Ten honors, grades, stock reports & numbers

Sep 19, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

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Week 3 was all about the ACC, as the Big Ten played five games vs. the eastern league. Final score: ACC 3, Big Ten 2. Northwestern (at Duke) and Iowa (Pitt) were the only two Big Ten teams to win. Illinois (at North Carolina), Nebraska (at Miami) and Purdue (Virginia Tech) all lost.

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Tom Dienhart's Week 3 opinions, observations and hard takes

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Armstrong to Foster for six!

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Penn State needs to get Christian Hackenberg on track. Don’t you wonder when Michigan State will start to get more props? Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong deserves more credit. These are just three of the ten thioughts senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on the day before Week 3 football games kick off.

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Big Ten links: Catch up on Friday's Big Ten football headlines

Sep 12, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers wide receiver Anthony Taylor (3) looses his helmet while being tackled by Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Nick VanHoose (23) during the first half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

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Wisconsin RB Corey Clement could be out until the Badgers open their Big Ten season. Ohio State left a school’s name off their trophy. A detailed look at Braxton Miller’s transition. And no football ticket price increases any time soon for at least one Big Ten school. We touch on these stories and more in Friday’s Big Ten links.

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Best of Week 3: Nebraska's trip to Miami earns top billing

Sep 13, 2014; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Darnell Davis Jr. (59) blocks Penn State Nittany Lions field goal attempt during the first half at High Points Solutions Stadium.

Hear from Christian Hackenberg

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Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs battled for the national title three times, after the 1983, 1994 and 2001 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams.

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Dienhart: 'Bizarre and surreal' start to season continues at Rutgers

Sep 12, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood reacts after a play during second half of game against Washington State Cougars at High Points Solutions Stadium. The Washington State Cougars defeated Rutgers Scarlet Knights 37-34.
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The tumult continues at Rutgers in what has been a bizarre and surreal start to the 2015 season.

Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games and fined $50,000 following a university-led investigation into rules violations, Rutgers president Robert Barchi announced Wednesday afternoon.

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