Tuesday's Links: Miller deserved Heisman invite

The Heisman Trophy announced the finalist for the greatest individual trophy in sports: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o,  Kansas State’s Collin Klein, and … that’s it. No Braxton Miller. Read about that and other top Big Ten grid news in my daily links.

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Gallegos, Nebraska trip up USC, 63-51

Nov 27, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers center Andre Almeida (32) puts up a shot while Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Travis McKie (30) defends during the second half at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Nebraska defeated Wake 79-63. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

USC at Nebraska - Men's Basketball Highlights

Ray Gallegos scored 20 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers to lead Nebraska to a 63-51 victory over Southern California on Monday night. The Cornhuskers (6-1), off to their best start since 2008-09, led by as many as 20 points in the most lopsided game in the four-game series with the Trojans.

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Twitter: Big Ten fans react to Heisman finalists

November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) shakes hands with fans on his way into the stadium before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Braxton Miller Talks Offensive Player of the Year Honor


The finalists for the 2012 Heisman Trophy were announced Monday night, and there are a couple surprises: 1. The list includes only three players; and 2. neither Braxton Miller nor Montee Ball received an invite. No. 1 is the real shocker, however, considering there have been five finalists two of the past three years. The last time there were three: 2008.

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Dienhart: Purdue's search & other coaching rumblings

It’s apparent that Cincinnati’s Butch Jones is the top target for the Purdue job. Colorado also is in hot pursuit of Jones. Jones was reported to be in West Lafayette on Sunday interviewing to replace Danny Hope, who was fired after four seasons with a 22-27 record. Outlets also report that Jones was in Colorado on Monday to interview.

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Sound off: What do you think about expansion?

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Big Ten Fans on B1G Realignment

In case you missed it this weekend, we’re opening up the lines for you to tell the Big Ten Conference your answers to the key questions surrounding the latest conference expansion. The future additions of Maryland and Rutgers as the 13th and 14th conference members sparked debate, and BTN will be discussing these issues for the entire month of December.

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Photos: Meet Big Ten bowl opponents' key players

Sep 22, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Devonte Fields (95) reacts after sacking Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Phillip Sims (14) and forcing a fumble during the second half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Robert Marve interview - Bowl Selection Special

We found out where the Big Ten’s seven bowl teams were headed Sunday night. Read Tom Dienhart’s early thoughts on each game here. Now, it’s time to familiarize ourselves a little more with the seven opponents. Who is the key player for each team, and why should we keep our eye on him during the bowl game?

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