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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

Rodney Williams

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 9th Morning Edition

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

Jacksonville at Indiana

Oladipo to Zeller for the Dunk

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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

Northwestern Fans

2012 Big Ten Football Images of the Year

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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

Footballs stacked inside a yard mark before the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Massachusetts Minutemen at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Blast: Jan. 8th Morning Edition

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

Rodney Williams & Jared Swopshire

Welch and Ellenson: Back-to-Back Dunks

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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

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Big Ten Blast: Jan. 7th Morning Update

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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Follow who's up & who's down in Big Ten hoops

December 29, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines players get ready before the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Best of Sam Thompson Dunk Montage

Welcome to the first installment of “Three Pointers,” a fun, informative and informal spin around Big Ten men’s basketball every Friday afternoon. There is a lot to explore with the start of Big Ten action this week. Early signs indicate the conference will be as good as advertised, as six Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 20. And four are in the top 13.

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Today's links: O'Brien staying is a very good thing

Bill O'Brien

Big Ten Blast: Jan 4th Morning Edition

First he’s gone, then he’s staying. It has been a crazy few days tracking the saga of Penn State’s Bill O’Brien. But, according to many reports last night, O’Brien is staying in State College, Pa. So, let’s begin Friday’s daily links right there.

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Big Ten Q&A: Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Media Day

Devyn Marble Scores Six 3-Pointers


The time is now for Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble. This is his Hawkeyes team. He must be a leader and he must show the way if the program is to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006.

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Big Ten Mailbag: Bowl games bring lots of questions

Michigan fan

Nebraska at Ohio State - Men's Basketball Highlights

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It’s that time of the week when I reach into my mailbag and answer the best of your questions. This time of year, the bag is jammed with both football and hoops questions, and I have few of each this week. That includes one on Ohio State’s shooting struggles.

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Spartans' Le'Veon Bell headed to NFL

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Please tell me you aren’t shocked by news that Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell is going pro a year early. Running backs have only so many carries in their body. And Bell already has used up a lot of them at Michigan State. In three years, he ran 671 times for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also caught 78 passes, which surely will impress NFL scouts.

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Super Seven: My top Big Ten freshman stars

Gary Harris

Nik Stauskas Puts on Shooting Display

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The Big Ten has a nice collection of freshmen who already are making a big impact. Michigan has the best group, with the likes of Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas already shining.

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Dienhart: 'End of one era, beginning of another'

Barry Alvarez

Stanford vs. Wisconsin - Rose Bowl Highlights

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When it comes to motivation, few push buttons better than Barry Alvarez. Heading into the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford, Alvarez had bracelets made for players that read “I’m In” and “I’m On.” But the players had to earn the rubber jewelry through their position coach.

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How did we do? Big Ten bowl predictions revisited

Quentin Williams

Quentin Williams Pick Six

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Every week this season, Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and myself (@BTNBrentYarina) offered our predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We continued it this bowl season, and fans and Dienhart each went 7-0, meaning the former claims the 2012 crown.

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Big Ten Whiteboard: Huge week for Hawkeyes

Nov 27, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard/forward Roy Devyn Marble (4) shoots the ball against Virginia Tech Hokies forward Jarell Eddie (31) during the first half at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

Eagles Dunked On by Eric May


The Big Ten takes the lid off of conference action this week. Now, we really will discover what these teams are made of. The Chicago States, Slippery Rocks, North Floridas, Bryants and Nebraska-Omahas are being replaced with trips to places like Bloomington, Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Champaign and Minneapolis.

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