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Thursday links: Huskers need big plays vs. Spartans

Tommy Armstrong Jr.

Randy Gregory Joins #BTNLive

It’s Thursday, and that means we are one day closer to Saturday, which means we are one day closer to the Michigan State at Nebraska game. Thank goodness! Let’s start links right there, shall we? Nebraska has a big task on Saturday trying to beat Michigan State. No doubt, big plays will be needed for the Cornhuskers to emerge victorious. But, big plays have been rare with Taylor Martinez out of the lineup.

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Week 12 previews: Five games on tap for Saturday

Week 12 Picks

Randy Gregory Joins #BTNLive

This Saturday features some intriguing clashes. All eyes will be on Lincoln, Neb., for Michigan State’s visit to Nebraska in what essentially is a de facto Legends Division championship game. If you aren’t stoked, then I feel sorry for you.

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Michigan QB Franklin in 'TIEBREAKER': 'We were denied'

TIEBREAKER: Michigan QB Dennis Franklin

Dennis Franklin Talks 1973 OSU-Michigan Game

Dennis Franklin vividly recalls many details from the 1973 Michigan football season when he played as the Wolverines quarterback. Why not? Michigan had a special team in a special season that forever changed the Big Ten, as documented in the BTN Originals film “TIEBREAKER” airing this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday links: Big week for MSU hoops, football

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Kentucky vs. Michigan State - Top Plays

The college hoop season opened last Friday, but it REALLY opened last night with that big double-header that featured No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State. Let’s start daily links there. The Spartans delivered a nice salvo to the rest of the nation with their victory over the mighty Wildcats. What did the win mean? Well, it’s November, so not much. But MSU will become the No. 1 team in the nation. And, the victory showed the preseason hype is justified.

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Mailbag: Our expert tackles your questions

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) is taken down by Nebraska Cornhuskers safety LeRoy Alexander (18) and defensive end Randy Gregory (44) in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium.

Bo Pelini Joins #BTNLive

Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The cards and letters keep coming in. Thanks. And, by the look of things, many of you are excited about what Minnesota is doing. No doubt, to be 8-2 and riding a four-game winning streak is pretty incredible. Michigan has many flummoxed. And Nebraska’s rise has stirred the masses.

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'Tiebreaker:' How 1973 OSU-Michigan changed Big Ten

TIEBREAKER: Ohio State grabs Michigan banner

Tiebreaker - Extended Promo

Randy Gradishar walks off the elevator wearing a snappy sport coat from the 1974 Rose Bowl and a necklace of buckeyes draped around his neck. The former Ohio State linebacking great seems pleased with himself. “Check that out,” says former Michigan quarterback Dennis Franklin, eyeing Gradishar’s jacket. “Did you get that for going to the Rose Bowl?”

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Tuesday links: Is Huskers QB career over?

Taylor Martinez

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 11, 2013

Well, this makes it official: The career of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez apparently is over—according to his father. What a way to start Tuesday links. Martinez’s father, Casey Martinez, wrote in an email to the Associated Press on Monday night that said Taylor has a “debilitating injury” near the ball of his left foot that could take until February or March to heal fully. This is too bad. This was supposed to be Martinez’s senior season of glory, when it all came together as he led the Cornhuskers to the program’s first league title since 1999 and was a Heisman contender.

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Bowl Projections: Ohio State still smelling roses

Chris Fields

Miller Flips to Brown for a Touchdown

Ohio State saw its stock rise in the BCS standings—and it didn’t even play. Oregon’s loss to Stanford on Thursday allowed the Buckeyes to move from No. 4 to No. 3 in the BCS standings, one spot closer to being in position to play for the national championship.

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Dienhart: Here's what I learned in Week 11

Ameer Abdullah

Nebraska at Michigan - Football Highlights

Week 11 of the season was eye-opening on many levels. Nebraska is still alive and kicking with a chance to win the Legends Division, while Michigan is still searching for answers. And then there’s Minnesota, which keeps on authoring a new amazing chapter in its storybook season. Here is what I learned.

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Power Rankings: Where is Michigan this week?

Taylor Lewan

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 11, 2013

With two of my top three teams off this Saturday in No. 1 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan State, the top of my power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, didn’t change much. In fact, the rankings only got tweaked, as no big upsets took place. But with MSU playing at Nebraska next week, big changes could be coming.

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Tom's Take: My Week 11 honors, grades & stocks

Philip Nelson

Penn State at Minnesota - Football Highlights

An interesting Saturday of action, with Nebraska being the headline story by going on the road and earning a huge win. The last time the Cornhuskers played in Ann Arbor, Nebraska lost, 45-17. The feel-good story in Minnesota also continued with a fourth victory in a row. Here’s a wrap on Week 11 in the Big Ten.

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Four Downs: Week 11 predictions, thoughts, truths

Devin Funchess

Saturday Night Timeline From Nov. 2, 2013

Saturday is almost here. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Every team gets four downs to make something happen. So, why not me? That’s the idea here. Here’s what’s running through my mind as I dream fancifully about Week 11 of the Big Ten season.

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Ready for Saturday? Take this Week 11 Quiz

Mark Dantonio

Denicos Allen Joins #BTNLive

Another week, another quiz. Yes, it’s time to test your knowledge by taking another B1G grid quiz. You know the drill by now.

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Best of Week 11: Big Legends Division clash in Ann Arbor

Bo Pelini & Brady Hoke

Allen Robinson Joins #BTNLive

Week 11 is highlighted by a key Legends Division clash, with Nebraska playing at Michigan. Let’s call this the “Sense of Urgency Bowl.” Sounds about right. The loser will have a difficult time getting back into the division hunt.

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USA Today ranks football coach salaries

Urban Meyer

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 4, 2013

The always popular USA Today salary ranking is out for college football coaches, and Alabama’s Nick Saban is on top with a whopping $5.5 million salary in total compensation. That’ll buy a lot of ribs at Dreamland in Tuscaloosa. That’s what winning three national titles in four years will do for your pocketbook. The Big Ten is well-represented with three coaches among the top 10. The top-paid Big Ten boss? Do you have to ask?

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Thursday links: Don't make these coaches angry

Let’s kickoff this Thursday with a fun video/photo piece from USAToday on the 10 angriest college basketball coaches. How do you define angry? That’s the point, it’s subjective. Regardless, the Big Ten is well-represented. No, Nebraska’s Tim Miles isn’t on this list. He’s at the complete opposite end of this scale! He is the Wally Cleaver of hoop coaches.

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Week 11 previews: Five games on tap for Saturday

Ameer Abdullah

Ron Kellogg Joins #BTNLive

The games in November are the ones we all remember. And, there are a few interesting clashes this Saturday that will go a long way toward determining the pecking order in each division, especially atop the Legends Division. All eyes will be on Ann Arbor, where Nebraska will play Michigan. For all intents and purposes, the loser likely will be out of the division race. Here’s a look at the games of Week 11.

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Wednesday links: Could Gophers make title game?

David Cobb

Derrick Engel Joins #BTNLive

Happy Hump Day, Big Ten Nation. There’s lots to cover. So, let’s get started. Check out this video of Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In it, he has five easy steps for the Gophers to reach the Big Ten title game. Yes, it’s possible—very possible. Minnesota has a good shot to beat Penn State at home this Saturday. Then, things get really tough with games at Wisconsin and then at Michigan State. Whatever happens, the Gophers can take comfort in knowing the Outback Bowl is keep an eye on them.

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Q&A: Ameer Abdullah likes 'carrying the whole state'

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Abdullah Gets the 4th Down Converstion

The nation is still buzzing over the Hail Mary pass (Watch it!) that Nebraska completed in the dying moments last Saturday to beat Northwestern, 27-24. But it wouldn’t have happened if Ameer Abdullah had not picked up a huge first down on the fourth-and-15 dump-off pass featured in the video above.

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Mailbag: Would Spartans D stop Buckeyes O?

Denicos Allen

Nebraska Wins on a Hail Mary

November is here, meaning all the games have more importance. Your cards and letters? They always are important . It seems there’s a healthy debate on who is the second-best team in the Big Ten: Michigan State or Wisconsin? Interesting. So, it’s time for to reach into my mail bag and answer some of your queries.  Thanks for all of the interest! Keep the cards and letters coming!

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Tuesday links: Does OSU have B1G's two best quarterbacks?

Braxton Miller

Ron Kellogg Joins #BTNLive

It’s Tuesday. Not sure about the significance of Tuesday. There never really has been significance to Tuesday. So, let’s just jump right into daily links. The lack of quarterbacking heft in the Big Ten has been fairly well documented the last few years. But, in case you have forgotten, here is this little reminder: Davey O’Brien award announced its 16 semifinalists. And only one Big Ten quarterback made the cut: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller.

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