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4:00 PMPepperdine at MarylandWatch
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7:00 PMIowa St. at NebraskaWatch
7:30 PMGeorgetown at MarylandWatch
8:00 PMSan Diego at WisconsinWatch
8:00 PMArizona St. at IowaWatch

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Possible big doings here: According to a report released last week, the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) will vote soon on the proposal of early football signing period. The start date for the proposed change is Dec. 16, and it will last for three days, if the vote passes. The addition would be up for review in two years, allowing the CCA a large enough sample to test the efficiencies of the amendment. I, for one, hope this passes. But, the “elite” schools don’t want an early signing period so they can poach commitments from lesser programs late in the recruiting

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Unit Rankings: OSU headlines Big Ten East offensive backfield list

The Big Ten East is home to two of the conference’s top backfields at Ohio State and Michigan State. In fact, the Buckeye backfield may be the best in the nation. Quarterback issues loom at Michigan, Rutgers and Maryland, while Penn State, Indiana, Michigan and MSU need to solidify their running back spots. [ MORE: East OL | West OL | East WR/TE | West WR/TE ] Here is a ranking of the Big Ten East backfields. 1. Ohio State. Loaded. In fact, this may be the best backfield in the nation. It begins with running back Ezekiel Elliott, a

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Best of Week 9: Jim Harbaugh vs. Jerry Kill highlights the slate

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Best of Week 8: Maryland vs. Penn State should be fun again

A very abbreviated week of action with just five games. Why? Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Michigan all are off. [ MORE: Best of Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6  | Week 7 ] Maryland and Penn State have a burgeoning rivalry. And last year’s meeting in State College helped fuel it. Maryland was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty before kickoff when its three captains refused to shake the hands of the three Nittany Lion captains gathered at midfield for the game’s coin toss. Maryland went on to

Big Ten links: Purdue quarterbacks, Caleb Swanigan impact & more

Quarterback play has been an issue for Purdue for a few seasons. Who is the best option in 2015? Austin Appleby? Danny Etling? David Blough? Elijah Sindelar? Would Darrell Hazell consider a rotation? “No,” said Hazell. “No. Absolutely not.” Appleby figures to be the guy, but he may be little more than “pedestrian.” Ditto Etling. Would the staff have the guts to turn over the reins to a greenhorn like redshirt freshman Blough or true freshman Sindelar? I have my doubts, seeing as how this is a critical season for Hazell who needs to produce more in his third season