Big Ten Geeks: Master of his Craft?

Ohio State picked up a solid road victory at Purdue last night, but the bigger story may be the point guard controversy simmering in Columbus.

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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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Enter to win Fighting Illini Sixth Man prize

BTN is offering fans a chance to enter the Fighting Illini Sixth Man Experience! The winner of the sweepstakes will and a guest will follow the team captains to center court for the pregame handshake with officials at the Jan. 27 game against Michigan. They’ll also stand in the tunnel before the team arrives and on the baseline next to the team during the lineup introduction. The prize also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Assembly Hall, two Illini sweatshirts and t-shirts, and two tickets and a parking pass to the Jan. 27 game. Enter for your chance to win.

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