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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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Dienhart: 'Iowa isn't going away, America. Deal with it'

Nov 7, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end George Kittle (46) and Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Henry Krieger Coble (80) celebrate a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our full Iowa-Indiana highlight

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It wasn’t always fancy, it wasn’t always pretty … but in the end, it was effectively spectacular for the Hawkeyes. Welcome to Iowa football, 2015, which moved to 9-0 with a 35-27 win at Indiana on Saturday afternoon.

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Big Ten links: Kill 'hopeful & positive' Gophers make Claeys head coach

In Friday’s Big Ten news headlines, former Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill says on the radio that he is “hopeful and positive” that interim head coach Tracy Claeys will be given the job permanently. Also, could Michigan State be in trouble vs. Nebraska? How talented is Michigan’s Jabril Peppers? And what will Cardale Jones do now that’s he’s the starting quarterback at Ohio State again? Catch up on all of these stories and more.

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Best of Week 10: Will the Big Ten's unbeaten teams stay perfect?

Sep 27, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Eugene Lewis (7) has a pass knocked away by Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Nick VanHoose (23) at Beaver Stadium. The Northwestern Wildcats won 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Hall breaks down the path to Indianapolis

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It’s a full load of games this Saturday, as all 14 teams are in action. But this comes with a warning: There is a noticeable lack of marquee appeal. Still, don’t be lulled to sleep. Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa all look to continue their perfect marches. Will any of the unbeaten fall?

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Let's preview 7 upcoming games to remember in November

Sep 26, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans players enter the field as a team prior to a game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Relive October's Top 10 plays

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Time and again over the years, I have heard many coaches roll out the old quote “They play the games to remember in November.” Well, the calendar says November, so here are the seven biggest Big Ten games that will shape the league race down the stretch. Two of them go down this Saturday.

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Big Ten links: Why no midwest sites for future College Football Championships?


CFP executive director talks football playoff

On Wednesday, BTN’s Dave Revsine talked to Bill Hancock, College Football Playoff Executive Director, an they discussed the new championship sites, the latest rankings and more. Also, Pat Forde has news on Purdue’s Darrell Hazell while Michigan State’s offensive line appears to be healthier. What’s sparked the improvement in Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg lately? And Michigan expects Jake Rudock to play this weekend.

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Where will undefeated Iowa land in first CFP rankings?

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

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Much anticipation and buzz surrounds the release of the CFP poll, especially the inaugural edition. The unveiling of Poll No. 1 will be at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. And it sure seems like a lot of people are interested where 8-0 Iowa will land. I asked several beat writers for their takes.

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