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Thursday links: Forbes.com ranks football teams

This is a great place to start daily links. Forbes.com has ranked the “most valuable” college football teams of 2013. A pretty interesting exercise. The most “valuable” Big Ten franchise: Michigan at No. 5. Next is Ohio State at No. 9; Nebraska No. 10; Penn State is No. 15; Wisconsin is No. 16. I guess I am a bit shocked that Ohio State isn’t No. 1 among Big Ten schools. I don’t care what metrics you use, how can the Buckeyes not be No. 1? Oh, well. It doesn’t really matter. *** The most emotional sports moment of the year?

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Season Review: Illini struggle, but snap B1G skid

Year Two under Tim Beckman brought hope in the form of an improved won-loss record, as Illinois went from two victories to four. The credit goes to a revived offense, as new coordinator Bill Cubit altered the scheme and maxed out the skills of senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Illinois averaged 29.7 points and 426.7 yards in 2013 after averaging 16.7 points and 296.7 yards in 2012. The team opened with a 3-1 mark, buoying hopes of a bowl. Alas, Illinois lost seven of its last eight games, including a second consecutive loss and fourth in six games to Northwestern. But

Illini extend OC Bill Cubit through 2015 season

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman announced today that offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has agreed to a one-year contract extension that includes an increase in annual salary to $500,000 per year and keeps him on the Fighting Illini sideline through the 2015 season. The extension becomes official pending UI Board of Trustees approval. “Bill Cubit proved to us why he is considered one of the top offensive coaches in the nation after our offense made dramatic improvement from 2012,” Beckman said. “His coaching and play-calling experience was a terrific addition to the program a year ago, and this assures continuity at

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Clothes Call: A look back at new 2013 uniform designs

With the year quickly coming to a close, I decided to take a look at the new basketball and football uniform designs that debuted in 2013. Don’t worry, 2014 is certain to include just as many, if not more, new designs. Actually, I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. Either way, enjoy the look back. ILLINOIS Tim Beckman and Illinois showed off plenty of new designs in 2013. Prior to the season, the Illini unveiled a new orange primary helmet. It went on to wear a blue helmet, white jersey and blue pants combination for the first time ever,

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#BTNLive asks: Which non-bowl team makes biggest leap?

So, which Big Ten football team not playing in a bowl game this season will improve the most in 2014? If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our latest Big Ten Twitter poll for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On today’s show, we look ahead to 2014 and debate which of the non-bowl teams will make the biggest leap. Select your choice below and tweet out your vote.Anytime you use one of those hashtags, you cast a vote. Spread the word. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show. The

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Gallery: BTN.com's favorite 2013 football photos

With the calendar soon flipping to 2014 and the Big Ten football season complete, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite photos from the 2013 season. Check out the entire gallery, courtesy USATODAY Sports, in this post. Enjoy! [ MORE: Get our Big Ten bowl coverage | View 2013-14 bowl schedule ]

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Vote for Big Ten Football Game of the Year

The 2013 college football regular season is in the books. That means it’s time to hit the rewind button and take a look back at the top Big Ten football games of 2013. This past season included many memorable moments– Penn State’s quadruple-overtime win over Michigan, Nebraska’s Hail Mary to beat Northwestern, and Michigan State’s unforgettable victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. But now, we ask, which game was the best? Cast your vote here: Week 1: Penn State 23, Syracuse 17 Week 2: Michigan 41, Notre Dame 30 Week 3: Michigan 28, Akron 24 Week

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Best of The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013

The season finale of The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013 will air tonight at 7 p.m. ET on BTN. The episode will feature all the build-up and storylines leading into the Big Ten Football Championship Game in Indianapolis between Leaders Division Champion Ohio State and Legends Division Champion Michigan State. Here is a look back at some of the top Journey moments from this year. 1. Episode 9: The Journey goes behind the scenes of college football’s most prestigious rivalry – Michigan vs. Ohio State. 2. Episode 7: Find out how Michigan State senior Darqueze Dennard went from an unknown

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Dienhart: All-Big Ten Assistant Coaching Team

Head coaches get plenty of accolades and awards. The players? They have myriad trophies they can win and postseason all-league teams they can be named to. But what about the assistant coaches? It’s time to shine the spotlight on the guys at heart of every program’s engine. Here is my annual All-Big Ten Assistant Coaching Team. [ MORE: View the 2013-14 bowl schedule ] OFFENSE Coordinator: Tom Herman, Ohio State. The 38-year-old Wunderkind continues to impress. He cut his teeth as coordinator at Rice and Iowa State. His star is soaring in Columbus, pushing the buttons for the Big Ten’s

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Tuesday links: Could football playoff go to 8 teams?

This is the last year for the BCS. Thank, goodness. A four-team playoff starts in 2014. But how soon will it give way to an eight-team playoff? David Jones of Pennlive.com thinks after the new 13-person College Football Playoff committee endures a couple of seasons trying to pick four participants, we’ll see another adjustment. Jones’ model makes sense: five major-conference champions, one mandated rep from among the six minor conferences and then two at-large berths will compose an 8-team tournament. Perfect. *** The Heisman Trophy winner will be unveiled on Saturday night in New York. And the six Heisman finalists