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Big Ten links: Statement win for MSU and Big Ten, Penn State talent & more

That win over Oregon by Michigan State? It put the Spartans on a higher national stage. Really, the only thing left for MSU to do under Mark Dantonio is make the playoffs—and win a national title. And this victory vs. the Ducks will look good on MSU’s resume come early December. And as Mike Griffith of Mlive.com points out, the triumph over the No. 7-ranked Ducks — who entered a game as underdogs for the first time since 2011 — made a much-needed statement for the Spartans (2-0) as well as the Big Ten. Prior to MSU’s victory, the last

Former Nebraska star Ameer Abdullah scores TD on first NFL carry

Big Ten fans who spent the past few seasons watching Ameer Abdullah star at Nebraska won’t be surprised to hear that the rookie scored a touchdown on his first NFL carry Sunday afternoon. [ MORE: View former Big Ten players on Week 1 active rosters ] Facing off against former Big Ten rival and fellow rookie running back Melvin Gordon, Abdullah ran 24 yards up the middle for a touchdown early in the first quarter of Detroit’s season opener vs. San Diego. In typical Abdullah fashion, he broke ankles, those of veteran safety Eric Weddle, on his way to pay

2-0 Northwestern Wildcats enter latest AP & Coaches Polls

The latest AP and Coaches polls were released Sunday, and four Big Ten teams are ranked in both polls. [ MORE: Best of Week 2 | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Latest polls | Week 2 picks revisited | New Week 2 uniform designs | What Tom Dienhart learned | Gerry DiNardo’s Week 2 takes | Week 2 scores, stats & recaps ] Defending national champ Ohio State remains No. 1 in both polls, garnering 59 of 61 first-place votes in the AP and 62 of 63 in the Coaches. Michigan State, No. 4 in both polls after its