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Ranking 2016 Big Ten East non-conference schedules

Jan 2, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on from the sideline during the third quarter against Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. Georgia defeated Penn State 24-17 to win the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

How awesome was this Saquon Barkley play?

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With the Big Ten playing nine league games for the first time since 1984, there are fewer non-conference tilts with each school playing just three. So, the number of marquee out-of-conference games has been trimmed. Still, there are some intriguing matchups.

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Big Ten links: Harbaugh, rankings & more in Friday's news digest

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One writer says Jim Harbaugh calling Nick Saban a hypocrite is something the Big Ten should embrace. Speaking of Harbaugh, he met with baseball legend Hank Aaron recently. In other news, one publication says the nation’s top linebacker is … well, come read it for yourself. Another publication says Nebraska’s has the best set of wide receivers in the Big Ten, and the use data to explain why. Friday’s news digest is now available.

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