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Big Ten links: Comparing Huskers, Hawkeyes over 15 years

Today one writer compares the recent histories of Iowa and Nebraska. Plus, a closer look at Ohio State's kicking situation and five-year contracts for athletic directors. And could Iowa's C.J. Beathard be all-Big Ten? Read these stories and more in this roundup of Big Ten headlines now.

Watch Monday night's top Big Ten men's hoops highlights

A pair of ranked Big Ten teams were in action Monday night, and both cruised to home victories. [ MORE: Get Jess Settles’ latest Big Ten Player Rankings ] No. 14 Indiana drilled Austin Peay, 102-76, behind Yogi Ferrell (22 points) and James Blackmon Jr. (20), while No. 24 Michigan made easy work of Elon, 88-68, thanks to Derrick Walton Jr.’s all-around game (24 points, six rebounds, seven assists) and Duncan Robinson’s hot shooting (6-of-6, including five triples). Tuesday night, the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games begin, starting at 5 p.m. ET. See the full schedule here. And track all of

#BTNStandout: Troy Williams rises for two reverse dunks

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Troy Williams turned heads with his play above the rim Monday night. The Indiana star forward hammered home a trio of dunks in Indiana’s easy 102-76 win over Austin Peay at Assembly Hall. Much to the delight of the Indiana faithful, Williams got fancy on a pair of the dunks, both times opting for a reverse jam. Watch both of the dunks in the video above. Williams did far more than just dunk, though, finishing with a strong all-around line of 15 points, five rebounds, five assists, one block and two steals. Get

Inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games starts Tuesday night

The inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games opens at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, with Penn State hosting DePaul in the first of eight games across four nights. [ MORE: View the latest national polls | See Jess Settles’ player rankings ] The event, which pits the Big Ten vs. the BIG EAST and will span eight years, honors the late Dave Gavitt, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer who had a profound and lasting influence on the sport of basketball on the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels. A little more background on the new event: Each BIG EAST team will participate

Big Ten Player Rankings: Two new names enter Jess Settles' list

One week is in the books, meaning it's time to take a look at my updated Big Ten Player Rankings. My top two players remain the same, however there's a bit of change among the rest of the top 10, including Illinois' Mike Thorne Jr. and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan debuting.

Kirk Cousins gives game ball to cancer-fighting father

Kirk Cousins put on an absolute show for everyone at FedExField on Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: redskins.com: Watch Kirk Cousins greet father, give him game ball ] The former Michigan State star quarterback had a perfect passer rating, completing 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, en route to leading Washington to a 47-14 victory over New Orleans. His best highlight, however, might have come following the final whistle. Cousins, after shaking hands at midfield and congratulating his teammates, gave his father, Don, who has metastic squamous cell carcinoma, the game ball before walking into

Watch former Big Ten standouts’ Week 10 @NFL highlights

Few NFL players had more impressive Week 10 performances than a pair of recent Michigan State standouts. [ MORE: Kirk Cousins gives cancer-fighting father game ball ] Former Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins and ex-running back Jeremy Langford were at the top of their games in Washington’s 47-14 win vs. New Orleans and Chicago’s 37-13 victory at St. Louis, receptively. Cousins was nearly flawless Sunday, completing 20 of 25 (80 percent) passes for 324 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, to go along with zero interceptions. Langford, making just his second career start, amassed 182 total yards, including a game-high 109