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Michigan Wolverines release 2015 football hype video

All college football fans are excited about the upcoming season. Few are are more stoked than Michigan fans. [ VIDEO: Watch Michigan’s 2015 hype video ] New head coach Jim Harbaugh is the biggest reason, of course. The former Michigan quarterback has won at every stop and every level, whether it’s college (San Diego and Stanford) or the NFL (San Francisco 49ers), boasting a 102-46 career record (.689). The link above gives Michigan fans another reason to get excited for the season, which starts Thursday, Sept. 3 at Utah. It’s a hype video that features several of the program’s top

Big Ten links: Football schedules, Big Ten hoops coaches extended & more

The Big Ten had spring meetings last week, where a number of topics were discussed. One looked at more balance in future football schedules. Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette says the athletics directors’ discussion highlighted the Big Ten’s challenges of scheduling with a larger conference and an odd number of games. “Just make sure we’re applying a common set of standards and maintain things like home-and-away balance and east-west balance and marquee matchups and that sort of thing,” Indiana Athletics Director Fred Glass said. “I think the scheduling guys do a great job. We have to help give

Photo: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh sporting a Michigan State hat

Several months back, a photo went viral of of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh sporting a Michigan State Izzone shirt. Now, a new photo has surfaced of the Wolverines’ coach wearing some more Michigan State apparel. This time, it comes in the form of a Spartan hat. This photo was likely taken in the mid-’90s, when Harbaugh’s brother in law, current Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, served as an assistant coach for the Spartans. My guess is that Harbaugh has since gotten rid of his Spartan gear. Either way, this is a fun photo to look back at that both

Photos: Urban Meyer photobombs at ex-OSU TE Rory Nicol's wedding

Three-time national champion and photobombing pro Urban Meyer was up to his old tricks on Saturday afternoon. [ MORE: Like this post? View our Gone Viral section ] The Ohio State football coach did his share of photobombing at the wedding of former Ohio State tight end Rory Nicol to Amy Halpin, the football team’s program coordinator, camps and administration. See Meyer photoboming a picture of Halpin and Ohio State strength coach Mickey Marotti in the tweet above and check out the coach doing the same to a selfie below. Nicol played at Ohio State from 2004-08, hauling in 38

Athlon: Big Ten dominates intriguing early non-conference games

No one can accuse Big Ten football teams of scheduling cupcake after cupcake this September. The Big Ten will be involved in several important early season matchups. In fact, Athlon Sports put six games involving Big Ten teams on its list of the 10 most intriguing September non-conference matchups. Yes, that’s six of the 10 games on the list. Here are the ones that made the cut: Sept. 3 Michigan at Utah TCU at Minnesota Sept. 5 BYU at Nebraska Wisconsin vs. Alabama (Arlington) Sept. 7 Ohio State at Virginia Tech Sept. 12 Oregon at Michigan State See the full

Big Ten links: College Football Playoff, early signing period & more

I usually agree with Lee Barfknecht of Omaha.com. But I don’t on this: He thinks the College Football Playoff should stay at four teams. I think it should expand to at least six—with the champ of each Power Five league getting a bid and the final bid going to a “wild card.” I laugh when folks argue that expanding the playoff would be too much wear and tear on the players. My retort: They have had multiple-round and multiple-team playoffs in Divisions II and III and FCS for years. How have those players managed to survive? To wit: North Dakota