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Big Ten Whiteboard: Keep an eye on Michigan State this week

Dec 9, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) brings the ball up court against the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks during the 2nd half a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

You'll want to watch this Denzel Valentine dime!

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The third week of the Big Ten season is upon us, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Maryland, Michigan State, Iowa and Indiana are the teams to beat. And Thursday’s Iowa at Michigan State tilt will go a long way to shaping the race as we head into the teeth of winter.

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Big Ten links: Football title game vote coming at NCAA Convention

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The 2016 NCAA Convention is next week, and a vote will be taken on the Big 12 and ACC’s proposal to deregulate rules surrounding league title football games. What exactly does that mean? Also in Friday’s Big Ten headlines, two Big Ten football players wrote public letters to fans but for different reasons. Plus, Ohio State is dealing with seeing nine players entered the NFL Draft. Catch up in this post.

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