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Big Ten links: Scroll through Thursday best headlines

Last year, Iowa QB C.J. Beathard was beat up more than we all realized. He estimated he played 2 1/2 games at full strength last season. Beathard is the ultimate tough guy who fought through injury to steer the Hawkeyes to greatness. Now, Beathard’s healthy and primed for a big season. What can he do if he stays healthy all season? “I’m not curious, I’m excited to see what I can do,” Beathard said. “I know I can do things with my feet that I wasn’t able to do last season. Hopefully, I stay healthy all season long, so I

Photo: Check out Nebraska's Sam Foltz helmet decal for 2016 season

This years for you buddy!! #SF27 #Huskers pic.twitter.com/Z53HQ6vP0L — Kyle Kotrous (@Kkotrous22) August 3, 2016 Nebraska shared the helmet decal it will wear to honor late punter Sam Foltz on Wednesday afternoon. Assistant equipment manager Kyle Kotrous tweeted a picture of the decal, which features Foltz’s initials, in red, and number (27), in white; the decal is affixed to the back left of the helmet, just above the players’ number. Foltz, the 2015 Big Ten Punter of the Year and a former walk-on from Greeley, Nebraska, was killed in a one-car accident returning home from a kicking camp in Wisconsin

Which teams have most favorable crossover foes? Least favorable?

With the addition of a ninth Big Ten game, there will be three crossover games, compared to two previously, and all Big Ten East teams play two of them at home; the Big Ten West will get two home crossovers in 2017. Here's a breakdown of the 2016 crossovers.

Dienhart: See your team's toughest 2016 conference game

There are games on every team’s schedule that fans circle as “tough” ones, games that will be very challenging to win. Well, that’s what I did with each Big Ten schedule, identifying each school’s “toughest” Big Ten game in 2016. [ MORE: Best chance to pull upset | Toughest non-conference games ] Check it out below. Illinois. Lots to choose from. I’ll go with the trip to Michigan on Oct. 22. Jim Harbaugh has this program rolling as he enters Year Two in Ann Arbor. The defense could be the best in the Big Ten, while the offense will be

Big Ten links: Scroll through Wednesday's best headlines

Coaches can now interact with recruits on Twitter. Oh, man. The Fanboys are gonna love this. The rule makes it permissible for staff members to like, retweet, favorite or endorse a recruit’s post in any way on public social media platforms. They aren’t allowed to tweet directly at recruits. Well, I have a feeling it won’t be long before there are no barriers involving coaches/recruits/Twitter. Just give it another year or two. *** When you think of Indiana, you typically think of a prolific offense led by a good passing game. But Kevin Wilson really has built his program on

Ohio State garners No. 1 spot in AP top 25 poll of last 80 years

This is awesome: The Associated Press, which operates the longest-running college football poll, published a top 25 Tuesday that ranks the nation’s best programs over the poll’s 80-year existence (1936). The No. 1 team? It’s Ohio State, the program that has been ranked in the poll for more weeks than any other team (852), including the most at No. 1 (105). Michigan (No. 7), Michigan State (No. 19), Wisconsin (No. 24) and Iowa (No. 25) also land on the list, as do current Big Ten members Nebraska (No. 6) and Penn State (No. 12), both of which experienced their best

Dienhart: Toughest non-con game for each Big Ten team

There is no better way for a team to test itself than by playing a tough non-conference foe in September. Here is my pick for each team’s toughest non-league opponent.