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Big Ten links: Selfies with a coach, latest from Rutgers & more

Can you guess which school offers a pregame selfie with their head coach for $125? Also, we look at Rutgers' interim football coach, the challenge ahead for Illinois, what you need (and don't need) to have a winning program, and more from around the Big Ten beats on this Thursday.

Sep 12, 2015; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood reacts after a play during second half of game against Washington State Cougars at High Points Solutions Stadium. The Washington State Cougars defeated Rutgers Scarlet Knights 37-34.
Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Dienhart: 'Bizarre and surreal' start to season continues at Rutgers

The tumult continues at Rutgers in what has been a bizarre and surreal start to the 2015 season. Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games and fined $50,000 following a university-led investigation into rules violations, Rutgers president Robert Barchi announced Wednesday afternoon.

Sep 5, 2015; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Anthony Walker (18) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Stanford Cardinal 16-6 at Ryan Field.

Big Ten links: NU-Duke trash talk, vintage RU-PSU gallery & more

Trash talk? Between Northwestern and Duke? This is sweet. You know what they say: If you live long enough, you’ll see everything. Turns out Wildcats DE Ifeadi Odenigbo said he expects NU to shutout Duke. Blue Devils RB Shaun Wilson fired back on Twitter. So far this season, Northwestern has allowed just six points (two field goals), while Duke has averaged 46 in its first two contests. The Blue Devils have been held scoreless just once under head coach David Cutcliffe. I actually can’t wait for this game! *** I am a sucker for nostalgia. So, that’s why I pass

Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter against the Oregon Ducks at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans beat the Ducks 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten links: Michigan State praise, Shane Morris & much more

Great read from Lee Barfknecht of, who wonders why more fuss isn’t being made nationally over Michigan State. I am as miffed as he is. Barfknecht wonders what else Michigan State must do to get onto college football’s main marquee. Check the trophy wins the past three seasons. The Spartans handed Urban Meyer his first loss in 25 games at Ohio State in the 2013 Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes were No. 2 at the time. Then MSU toppled No. 5 Stanford in the Rose Bowl. During the 2014 regular season, Michigan State led both national title game

Sep 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio talks to player during time out during the 1st half of a game against the Oregon Ducks at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

So, can the Big Ten get two playoff teams this season?

The first leaf hasn’t fallen off a tree yet, but it’s never too early for some playoff speculation. More specifically: Can the Big Ten get two teams—Ohio State and Michigan State--into the four-team playoff? Sure. It could happen. Myriad possibilities still loom for a lot of schools and leagues.

Big Ten links: Statement win for MSU and Big Ten, Penn State talent & more

That win over Oregon by Michigan State? It put the Spartans on a higher national stage. Really, the only thing left for MSU to do under Mark Dantonio is make the playoffs—and win a national title. And this victory vs. the Ducks will look good on MSU’s resume come early December. And as Mike Griffith of points out, the triumph over the No. 7-ranked Ducks — who entered a game as underdogs for the first time since 2011 — made a much-needed statement for the Spartans (2-0) as well as the Big Ten. Prior to MSU’s victory, the last