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Big Ten links: Friday's football & hoops news digest is now ready

Ohio State rolled out a 2015 football highlight reel. Michigan lands a familiar name on the College Football Playoff committee. There’s another reason why Michigan State might not be doing so well on the basketball court. And has there ever been a better time to be an Iowa hoops and football fan? We recap the headlines from around the Big Ten in this collection of Friday links.

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Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Penn State Nittany Lions

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One of them is QB Christian Hackenberg

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James Franklin’s third Penn State team has some challenges with an altered coaching staff and a number of player transfers. Amid the turnover, Franklin will try to take the next step in State College after going 7-6 in each of his first two seasons and 6-10 overall in the Big Ten. This remains a young roster that teems with promising talent.

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Big Ten mailbag: 2016 football questions keep rolling in

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“How long do you think it will take D.J. Durkin to make a difference at Maryland?” “What is the ceiling for Michigan State football next year?” “What is the one thing that Iowa can get better at in 2016?” “Who replaces Michigan’s Jake Rudock?” These are a few of the football questions readers sent in. Tom Dienhart answers them and more.

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Big Ten links: Read Thursday's football, hoops headlines

Jan 20, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Andrew White (3) lays the ball up over Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) and guard Bryn Forbes (5) during the 2nd half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

Spartans drop third in a row

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With that loss to Nebraska, Michigan State has dropped three straight. One writer is comparing Iowa’s basketball team to another pretty good recent Big Ten squad. Meanwhile in football, Nebraska added a familiar foe to the schedule. And contract details are out for Michigan’s new defensive coordinator. Catch up on Thursday’s headlines in this post.

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Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Ohio State Buckeyes

Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott celebrates with the trophy following the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ezekiel Elliott runs all over Indiana

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Urban Meyer has lived a charmed life since taking over Ohio State in 2012, posting a 50-4 overall record and a 31-1 Big Ten mark. His crowning feat was winning the 2014 national championship, and last year’s team looked poised to repeat before a late-season stumble at home vs. Michigan State.

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Big Ten links: Read Tuesday's hoops & football headlines

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Iowa’s basketball team is ascending rising, and so is Peter Jok. Northwestern has hit some bump times. Get a few updates from the football programs at Michigan, Nebraska, Rutgers, and Indiana. Plus, did you look at Michigan State’s football schedule next season? It is not easy. Those are the headlines in Tuesday’s Big Ten links.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: A look ahead to fourth week of Big Ten play

Jan 17, 2016; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Aaron Moesch (left) hugs guard Zak Showalter (3) after the upset victory over the Michigan State Spartans. Wisconsin defeated Michigan State 77-76 at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin tops Michigan State in dramatic fashion

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All eyes will fix their gaze on East Lansing, where the Spartans will play host to Maryland. This is a huge game for the Spartans, who lost two games last week when it fell vs. Iowa and at Wisconsin to fall to 3-3 in the Big Ten. And Northwestern has a great chance to buff its NCAA resume.

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Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nov 27, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback C.J. Beathard (16) runs from Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle Maliek Collins (7) during the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Look at Andy Janovich go!

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Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly. It seemed each week, the Cornhuskers found a confounding way to lose a game. At least the Huskers finished on an up note, going 3-1 in their last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing 6-7 season.

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Dienhart: Iowa Hawkeyes emerge as Big Ten team to beat

Jan 14, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Mike Gesell (10) is fouled by Michigan State Spartans forward Deyonta Davis (23) during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

McCaffery, players reflect on big win

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The Big Ten season isn’t even halfway over, and the Hawkeyes have emerged today as the team to beat, according to BTN senior writer Tom Dienhart. But this is the Big Ten and there are tough games ahead, including Sunday’s game against visiting Michigan (4:30 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go).

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2016 Football Forecast: Our writer's Big Ten West prediction

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field before the Big Ten Conference football championship game against the Michigan State Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

C.J. Beathard throws long TD in Big Ten title game

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After making an early prediction for the order of finish in the Big Ten East for the fall of 2016, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart gives his take on how he thinks the Big Ten West will wind up. Lots can happen between now and then, including developments from national signing day and spring football. Have a look at Dienhart’s early outlook and rank the teams your way, too.

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Big Ten links: Is men's hoops race now down to six teams?

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Michigan's John Beilein on the games ahead

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One veteran Big Ten writer says the Big Ten hoops race is in two clear camps with six that look headed for the Big Dance and eight that do not. Also, Iowa is now the team to beat in the Big Ten after thrashing Michigan State. How good could Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh be? Read these stories and more in today’s Big Ten roundup.

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2016 Football Forecast: An early prediction in the Big Ten East

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) rushes in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Ohio State won 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

J.T. Barrett shows off athleticism on this TD run

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With the 2015 season officially in our rear-view mirror, we take an early peek into the fall of 2016 and how it may shape up. BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart presents his premature forecast for the Big Ten East division, and we’ve included a link for the readers to contribute to the fans’ overall prediction from No. 1 to No. 7.

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Tom Dienhart's Top 5 players to replace: Minnesota Gophers

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Relive Minnesota CB Boddy-Calhoun's pick-six

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In the latest of my stories examining the key departures from each football team, I take a look at Minnesota. Under new coach Tracy Claeys, who took over last year after Jerry Kill abruptly retired due to health concerns, the program is on solid footing with a bowl appearance in each of the last four seasons.

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Dienhart: Vote lets 10-team leagues hold football title game

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The Big 12 got its wish, as the NCAA voted to deregulate rules surrounding league championship games. The league can hold a league title game as soon as next season under its current 10-team, one-division configuration.

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Big Ten links: Coaching changes, a new deal and a recruiting analysis

Oct 10, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson walks on the field during the third quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Indiana 29-7.

IU's Wilson discusses his six-year deal

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There are some more coaching changes around the Big Ten, but Indiana’s Kevin Wilson isn’t one of them after landing a new contract. Can James Franklin and Penn State win more than seven games next year? And with football signing day coming up, One writer takes an interesting look at how this season’s final Top 25 actually fared in recruiting the past five years. These stories and more in today’s Big Ten news digest.

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Tom Dienhart's top 5 players to replace: Michigan State

Nov 28, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) celebrates a win against the Penn State Nittany Lions after a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Connor Cook talks Big Ten championship

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The Michigan State machine rolls on. The 2015 season marked the fifth time in the last six years that the Spartans won double-digit games to go along with three Big Ten championships. And the program has played in major bowls each of the last three seasons, reaching the playoffs for the first time last season.

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