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Big Ten Championship: Underrated & understated quarterbacks will be key

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BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is in Indianapolis for Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championshiop and he writes about the quarterbacks – Wisconsin’s Joel Stave/Tanner McEvoy and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones. “It won’t conjure images of Brady vs. Manning. Still, the signal-callers in the 2014 Big Ten title game still will be the keys to victory for their respective teams.”

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Dienhart: Saturday's outcome could keep a Big Ten bowl-eligible team home

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An email sent to Big Ten presidents and athletic directors earlier this week indicated that there’s a chance a league team that is bowl eligible could miss out on the postseason. That possibility will hinge on what happens in the Big Ten championship game this Saturday in Indianapolis between Ohio State and Wisconsin.

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Could bowl-eligible Big Ten team miss the postseason? Read the Big Ten links

Even though it’s bowl eligible with six wins, could Penn State—or any other 6-6 and 7-5 Big Ten team–be left out of the postseason? Greg Pickel of Pennlive.com says the outcome of Saturday’s Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Ohio State will be a major factor in determining whether a team stays home or not.

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Dienhart: Fast-moving Nebraska lands proven head coach in Mike Riley

Mike Riley at Oregon State

BTN's DiNardo on Riley's hiring

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Give Nebraska credit for one thing: It acted quickly in hiring a coach by tabbing Oregon State’s Mike Riley. But did the Huskers get the right guy? With Bo Pelini’s dismissal still fresh in their minds, Huskers fans started a raging debate immediately, and that debate with stay hot right up until Nebraska’s season opener against BYU next Sept. 5.

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Michigan fires football coach Brady Hoke after four seasons

Michigan at Ohio State

Jim Hackett: 'This was not an easy decision'

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First, athletic director Dave Brandon resigned. Tuesday, what long had been expected finally became a reality with Michigan dismissing Brady Hoke as head coach, according to multiple sources.

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Big Ten links: Reports say IU's Wilson, Illini's Beckman staying on

Big reports at Illinois and Indiana, where Tim Beckman and Kevin Wilson both will be back—Beckman for his fourth season and Wilson for his fifth. Good to hear. Beckman rallied the Fighting Illini to bowl eligibility. Wilson has the Hoosiers on the rise and may have stamped a postseason ticket if not for an injury to quarterback Nate Sudfeld. IU A.D. Fred Glass has thrown his support behind Wilson.

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Ten potential candidates who would make sense at Nebraska

Oregon-Spring Game

Eichorst: 'This is what's best for University'

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With Bo Pelini out at Nebraska, one of the nation’s plum jobs is open. What direction will athletic director Shawn Eichorst go? Here are 10 names to consider.

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