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Today's links: Who picks Iowa to finish last?

It’s almost time for an unofficial national holiday: The arrival of the college football annuals. Athlon’s offers a look at its 2013 edition. And, for Iowa fans, it isn’t a pretty sight: The Hawkeyes are picked to finish last in the Legends Division. The 2013 publication pegs Iowa with a 1-7 record in the Big Ten. It also has Iowa finishing 4-8 overall, which would match last season’s overall record–the program’s worst since 2000. This isn’t good news—but, it isn’t shocking, either.

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Twitter: Fun Big Ten end zone design ideas

Pictured above is Wyoming’s new football field. It’s pretty sweet, isn’t it? The illustrations of the state’s Teton Mountains in both end zones is the headliner. Wyoming’s decision to include the iconic mountains in the end zones got me thinking: What thing synonymous with Big Ten towns/cities would be cool additions to Big Ten end zones? I asked the question on Twitter, and Big Ten fans responded.

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Dienhart: Frazier finally lands in Hall of Fame

Tommie Frazier

Tommie Frazier Hall of Fame Press Conference

Finally, Tommie Frazier is in the College Football Hall of Fame. Better late than never, right? The Nebraska quarterback’s enshrinement was long overdue, as he was one of four players from Big Ten schools who were announced as inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame by the National Football Foundation today.

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Spartans surprise in SI.com's latest power rankings

Former BTN contributor and current SI.com writer Andy Staples released his post-spring power rankings Tuesday. Most interesting of note, perhaps, is Michigan State’s placement. Staples put the Spartans, who went 7-6 last season and lost star RB Le’Veon Bell and several others, at No. 14. That’s two spots higher than rival Michigan, if you were wondering.

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Schedule analysis: Very big year for Illini

Illinois' Donovonn Young

Donovan Young Scores First for the Blue Team

This is a big year for Illinois’ Tim Beckman, who shook up his staff after debuting with a 2-10 overall record and going 0-8 in the Big Ten. The schedule is built for a nice start, as six of the first seven contests are home games—including a tilt in Chicago. But it’s November that could make or break the Fighting Illini. Yes, three of the five games are on the road—but three games are winnable: at Indiana; at Purdue; vs. Northwestern. And Illinois needs to cash in if it hopes to play in a bowl.

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Web links: MSU tips, PSU plans & more

Is there a harder working writer than Mike Griffith of MLive.com? Of course not. Today, the Spartans writing machine has four talking points on Michigan State. Please read if you wanna impress your friends at the barber shop. Learn this stuff, and you’ll wow and impress your friends. The tips about the quarterbacks are pure gold, Jerry. I’ve also got more Big Ten links in today’s post.

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