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Today's links: Iowa faces uphill battle

Iowa is off to a rough start in the Big Ten, an 0-3 start vs. three very good teams (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State). The latest setback was a 62-59 defeat at home to the Spartans that the Hawkeyes had their chances to win. Let’s start the daily links right there in Iowa City, shall we? Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says it’s more evidence that Iowa isn’t out of the Big Ten lowlands yet.

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Dienhart: Q&A with Nebraska's Brandon Ubel

Brandon Ubel knows building a team is a process. That’s one reason why he relishes being a part of the construction of the Nebraska program under first-year coach Tim Miles.

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Dynasty debate: Alabama's titles, Nebraska's run

It’s a healthy debate and it’s a fun debate: Which of the two most recent college football dynasties is most impressive—Alabama or Nebraska? Alabama’s third national championship in four seasons has placed this current run into the “dynasty,” category, no matter what Nick Saban says. And more chapters may be added in 2013, 2014, and beyond. If so, that would render this debate moot.

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Today's links: More challenges ahead for Gophers

Minnesota’s full power and glory was on display during its romp over Illinois last night. So, let’s start there with the daily links, shall we? The Golden Gophers showed they are a true top-10 team that will compete for the Big Ten title—and thus a Final Four bid—with the 84-67 victory.

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Lewan surprises, announces return to Michigan

It was a surprise to some that Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan opted to return for his senior season. But it’s great news for the Wolverines, as Lewan will be among the top linemen in the nation in 2013.

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With Roof off to Ga. Tech, Penn State promotes Butler

In a bit of a surprising move Wednesday, Penn State defensive coordinator Ted Roof left for the same position at Georgia Tech, his alma mater and where he was an All-American.

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Dienhart: Let's drop cupcakes from football schedules

On Tuesday, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany suggested the notion of not having victories over Football Championship Subdivision opponents count toward a Football Bowl Subdivision team’s bowl eligibility, and that sounds good to me. A team needs six wins to be eligible for a bowl, but the NCAA currently allows one of those wins to be a victory over a FCS team. Without that “cupcake win,” there would be schools that don’t reach that six-victory minimum.

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Today's links: Huge stretch for high-flying Gophers

It all begins tonight for No. 8 Minnesota. And that’s why I’m beginning my daily links right here, America. You see, it’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the 14-1 Golden Gophers. And I love put-up-or-shut-up time. You should, too. We will discover how good this team is with a game at Illinois tonight (9 p.m. WET on BTN/BTN2Go) and a visit to Indiana on Saturday. Minnesota then returns home to play Michigan on Jan. 17. All together how: wow!

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Dienhart: One intriguing look at team values

The Wall Street Journal recently had an interesting piece on calculating the value of college football programs. The story was based on an analysis done by Ryan Brewer, an assistant professor of finance at IUPUI who uses several factors to calculate the overall value.

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Super Seven: A look at the games that will matter most

This is a big week in the Big Ten, with myriad big games beginning with Minnesota’s contests at Illinois and at Indiana. Along those lines, I take a look at the seven Big Ten games that will go the longest way in determining who will win the conference championship.

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Dienhart: And now our Big Ten Bowl Honor Roll

With the 2012 bowl season in the books, let’s take a look back at the best of the postseason for the Big Ten. The bowls didn’t go like the conference and the members had hoped, as the Big Ten posted a 2-5 mark with a 1-4 record on New Year’s Day. From the best game to the best defensive stop, here’s a look at my Big Ten Bowl Honor Roll.

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Today's links: Another football season in the books

Alabama put the finishing touches on the 2012 season with an annihilation of Notre Dame in the BCS championship game. And, never in the history of college football has a 42-14 score been so misleading. Truth be told: It wasn’t really that close. So, that’s three BCS titles in four years for Bama, and then seven in a row for the SEC. Maybe Ohio State can put an end to this SEC dominance in the near future. Until then, let’s kick off the daily links with a gander at the final polls, which still mean something in college football.

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Dienhart: Ranking the week's 12 hoops games

So many good games, so little time. That’s the quandary for the second week of conference action, which will go a long way in helping to shape what should be a terrific Big Ten race.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Gophers return to Assembly Hall(s)

Buckle up, this is gonna be a big week, a week that goes a long way toward determining the early pecking order of a Big Ten race that should be spectacular. And, know this: The team that can win road games is going to win the Big Ten. So, here’s the formula: go unbeaten at home; and go 6-3 or 5-4 on the road. That should get you at least a share of the Big Ten championship.

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Dienhart: O'Brien staying is the right thing

Bill O’Brien is a terrific coach. We saw that in just one season of work at Penn State. He walked into an untenable situation and promptly led a shorthanded team to an 8-4 record (6-2 Big Ten) when most forecast gloom. But, much heavy lifting remains. And O’Brien is going to be around for it.

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