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Big Ten links: Comparing Huskers, Hawkeyes over 15 years

NCAA Football: Iowa at Nebraska

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Today one writer compares the recent histories of Iowa and Nebraska. Plus, a closer look at Ohio State’s kicking situation and five-year contracts for athletic directors. And could Iowa’s C.J. Beathard be all-Big Ten? Read these stories and more in this roundup of Big Ten headlines now.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Teams sit tight with big games ahead

Nov 14, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines safety Delano Hill (44) celebrates with teammates after making the last defensive play of the game to give Michigan the victory against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Michigan defeats Indiana in double overtime 48-41.

Wild ending for Michigan at Indiana

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Holding steady with no real changes in this week’s power poll, presented by ArcelorMittal. Ohio State and Iowa remain on course for a showdown in the Big Ten title game. But look at next week’s schedule and tell me these rankings could look very different.

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What did Tom Dienhart learn about Big Ten in Week 11? Find out here!

Nov 14, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes fans celebrate their victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State beat Illinois 28-3.

Ohio State rolls to 10-0

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Ohio State is building momentum. Michigan’s Jake Rudock is in a groove. Do not sleep on Penn State.’s Tom Dienhart watched all of Saturday’s games and touches on these points and much more in his insightful weekly “What I Learned” recap.

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Tom's Take: Week 11 honors, grades, stock reports & numbers

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Floyd of Rosedale is heading to Iowa City

No big shocks this Saturday in the Big Ten, as Ohio State and Iowa remained unbeaten. Nebraska won two games in a row for the first time, while Michigan State got back on track, Michigan won the wildest Big Ten game of 2015 and Northwestern pushed its winning streak to three.

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Dienhart: It all boils down to the last two games for Ohio State

Nov 14, 2015; Champaign, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) hold up the Illibuck trophy after the game at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defats Illinois 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

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Another week, another win for Ohio State. That’s 23 in row for the Buckeyes and 30 in succession vs. Big Ten teams in regular-season games. This time, Illinois was the object in between Ohio State and its lofty goals, falling 28-3 to a Buckeyes squad that was just too good and too talented. Sorry, Illini.

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Big Ten Hot Takes: Ten thoughts on the football season so far

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Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz will be the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Minnesota was right to remove the “interim coach” tag from Tracy Claeys. Like it or not, this is an historic run by Ohio State. Read these takes and more in senior writer Tom Dienhart’s last-minute prep for Saturday’s football games.

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Big Ten links: Ready for a projected hoops tourney bracket ... in November?

Today we have USA Today projection – wait for it – an early NCAA men ‘s basketball bracket. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet! Also, which Ohio State assistant football coaches are ready to be come head coaches? And Tom Izzo is very high on his latest basketball recruiting class. Get caught up on these stories and more with Tom Dienhart’s roundup of these Thursday Big Ten headlines.

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Taking a quick look at Big Ten East vs. Big Ten West matchups

Oct 31, 2015; Iowa City, IA, USA; The Maryland Terrapins face off against the Iowa Hawkeyes line of scrimmage during the second half at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa won 31-15.  Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Long discusses Iowa's CFP ranking

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Last Saturday was a big one for the Big Ten West, a division that often is maligned and perceived to be less-than when compared to an East division that features power/elite programs like Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.

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Big Ten links: Iowa's CFP ranking, Alex Erickson's emergence & more

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It was nice to see Iowa ascend to No. 5 in the recent CFP poll. The committee finally realized that the Hawkeyes have a pretty good resume that has included a good home win vs. Pitt and road victories vs. ranked Wisconsin and Northwestern teams. Honestly, I think Iowa’s resume is better than Ohio State’s, which his No. 3 in the poll.

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Your updated look at the Big Ten division scenarios

Nov 7, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes running back LeShun Daniels Jr. (29) celebrates a touchdown with his team during the second half of the game at Memorial Stadium. The Hawkeyes defeated the Hoosiers 35-27. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Gerry DiNardo praises perfect Hawkeyes

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There are three weeks left in the season, and both Big Ten division races remain up for grabs. But know this: Iowa is in firm control in the West. In the East, Ohio State is in the driver’s seat. Both are unbeaten, the last perfect teams in the Big Ten.

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

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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.

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