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Photo: Look at this young fan's face at Nebraska Fan Day

Nebraska hosted its much-anticipated annual Fan Day on Wednesday night at Memorial Stadium. Thousands of Nebraska fans attended the event, and, as is the case every year, there were several cool moments captured. Like, the expression on the face of the young boy in the picture above. Think he was excited to be at Fan Day and to be getting another autograph? There was also the fan who had Mike Riley sign an Oregon State Mike Riley bobblehead. And another fan who traveled 760 miles to attend the event. Get all of the best from Nebraska’s Fan Day at @HuskerFBNation,

Big Ten links: AAC future, Nebraska football wins & much more

This is an interesting piece from Yahoo! on the AAC, which hopes to one day join arms with the Power Five conferences. Good luck with that. Even UCF coach George O’Leary has his doubts. “We can do that (pay cost of attendance) for a couple of years,” UCF coach George O’Leary said. ”We obviously can’t sustain. When you are not getting a $35 million check, it’s hard to have that cost of attendance and keep up with everything.” *** Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio visited ESPN yesterday for a “car wash.” And, time and again, he was peppered with questions

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Three Big Ten teams land on Sports Illustrated's preseason top 25

Not only did Sports Illustrated put Ohio State on one of its four regional college football covers, it ranked the reigning national champ No. 1 in its preseason top 25 poll. The Buckeyes, who also topped the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, beat out Auburn for the top spot in the poll, released Wednesday. TCU, Notre Dame and Alabama round out the top 5. Michigan State lands at No. 7, and Wisconsin at No. 24 to account for the publication’s ranked Big Ten teams. Here’s what SI has to say about the Big Ten teams: OHIO STATE The nation’s knottiest quarterback

Photo: Ohio State graces SI college football preview cover

Win the national championship, and you’re going to grace a lot of magazine covers. [ MORE: Watch Ohio State dummy prank | Watch Ohio State trash can prank ] Sports Illustrated announced Wednesday morning that Ohio State, the victor of the inaugural College Football Playoff, is featured on one of its four regional college football preview covers. The cover features linebacker Joshua Perry, defensive end Joey Bosa and Brutus Buckeye. Oh, and the College Football Playoff trophy. The other covers, for those wondering? Those would Mississippi State (Dak Prescott), Notre Dame (Jaylon Smith & Ronnie Stanley) and TCU (Trevone Boykin).

Finish the sentence: Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim

Mason Monheim is a tackling machine, one of the conference’s more unheralded defensive players. [ GET TO KNOW: Drew Ott | Jordan Lucas | Nate Sudfeld & Joshua Perry | Mason Monheim | Joe Bolden | Leonte Carroo ] The Illinois linebacker has totaled 208 tackles over the last two seasons, including 111 in 2014. That’s strong. But he’s also known for the awesome act he did last year during fall camp in Rantoul. Seriously, check out that link. I caught up with Monheim during media days in Chicago and asked him to finish the following seven sentences. The first

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Tom Dienhart's top Big Ten West head coach hires the last 40 years

Where’s Jim Harbaugh? Did you see him? Did you hear what he said? And so it went at Big Ten media days last week. Everyone with a pen and notebook was on the lookout for the new Michigan coach. Heck, we tracked the guy’s day! Harbaugh didn’t disappoint in Chicago. He charmed. He transfixed. He mesmerized. The kooky Harbaugh had them eating out of his hand—just as he had since being hired in late December. Harbaugh’s arrival offers hope for a Wolverines program looking to regain its national rep. How bad has it been? Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten

Big Ten links: Verbal commits, most intriguing coaches list & more

It can be a prickly subject: Should prospects who have verbally committed be allowed to take visits elsewhere? All coaches have their own policy. Ari Wasserman of has an in-depth look at the subject and how Big Ten programs handle the situation. Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio recently pulled an offer from a kid who was committed but still visited OSU. I mean, if a kid has verbally committed to you, why should he keep taking visits? *** The great Pat Forde of Yahoo! is out with his “Most Intriguing” lists of 2015. Up first: The 25 most intriguing coaches.