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When it comes to biggest surprises of the 2012 season, the emergence of Philip Nelson as quarterback at Minnesota ranks right up there. Only one quarterback in the history of Golden Gopher football that has won the job as a true freshman and kept it for four seasons. That was Rickey Foggie. See what Foggie has to say about Nelson and check out other Big Ten news in my daily links. The links start right now … *** Look who’s getting reps at quarterback for Michigan? It’s Devin Gardner! Remember him? Gardner hadn’t worked under in center in weeks, instead

Daily Links: QB decision looms for Badgers

Wisconsin is off this week. And that’s undoubtedly a good thing when you consider it needs to replace quarterback Joel Stave, who is out for eight weeks with a broken left collar bone suffered in the loss to Michigan State on Saturday. Read about what the Badgers are thinking and other hot topics in my daily links. Bret Bielema needs to decide if he’ll go with Danny O’Brien, who started the first two games before giving way to Stave, or Curt Philips, who has had three surgeries on his right knee. The rub for staffers: The quarterbacks really aren’t similar.

Big Ten Links: How big is this for Huskers?

As we sit on the edge of Football Saturday, there’s lots of news to catch up on. I will be at the Michigan at Nebraska game, and the more I think about it, the more I realize the magnitude of this game for the Cornhuskers. A win over the Big Ten unbeaten Wolverines would push Nebraska into the driver’s seat in the Legends—and give the program a much-needed marquee win. In fact, it would be the biggest Big Ten victory for the Huskers. Here’s a look at some more of today’s top headlines. Don’t look now, but the Big Ten

Big Ten Links: Here comes the noise

What’s the loudest stadium in the Big Ten? Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says it’s Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, and I have to agree. Each time I have been there it was deafening. And when the Buckeyes play there this Saturday, they will be greeted with a wall of sound. And Ohio State better buckle up from the opening salvo, as Penn State has been a great first quarter team. Read more of Wednesday’s Big Ten Links in this post. The Nittany Lions have outscored foes, 66-0, in the first quarter this season. Out of a maximum of 105 first-quarter

Numbers: Big stats for big Week 8 games

Week 8 in the Big Ten is chock full of intriguing games. Michigan-Michigan State has arguably been the most talked-about rivalry in the conference over the last five years – from Mike Hart’s “little brother” quip in 2007 all the way through the early-season derogatory comments about Denard Robinson on Twitter by some Michigan State players this season. I can’t wait to get it going Saturday at 3:30 ET on BTN/BTN2Go. But that’s far from the only compelling game this weekend. Nebraska-Northwestern is a huge one in Evanston with both teams needing a win in their quests to get to

Big Ten Links: What will season's second half bring?

The second half of the Big Ten season has to be better than the first half, right? Well, that’s what Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald is thinking. There have been few—if any, honestly—impressive non-conference victories. Michigan State over Boise State is probably about it, but there have been plenty of embarrassing losses. And when the first BCS standings were released last Sunday, not one Big Ten team appeared in them. Backup plan: If Iowa running back sensation Mark Weisman can’t play against Penn State after hurting an ankle last week at Michigan State, Hawkeye commentator and ex-Iowa star Ed

Big Ten links: Another Wrigley game would be fun

Nebraska plays at Northwestern this Saturday in Evanston, but that venue could change in the future. Why? Money. A lot of people could make a lot of it if Nebraska played Northwestern in venerable Wrigley Field. And, it could happen, according to Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald. Shatel cites a source at TD Ameritrade, who says the idea of playing the 2014 Nebraska-Northwestern game at Wrigley is being kicked around by Ameritrade officials and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, an Omaha, Neb., native and son of Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts. A source in the Nebraska athletic department said officials also

Big Ten Links: Digging into Tuesday's football headlines

We take a look at stories on one offensive line and one defensive line in today’s installment of Big Ten Links. Also, Urban Meyer is keeping an eye on the AP poll while Illinois fans are taking a long, hard look at Tim Beckman. One longtime Big Ten writer breaks out some wild stats from the season so far while another continues to grade the units at Penn State. Let’s get to the roundup of stories in this post. Peaking line: People are throwing roses at the feet of the Michigan offensive linemen, who are coming off their best effort

'Women's Report' talks to Penn State's Rose

On Friday’s “Big Ten Women’s Sports report,” Penn State volleyball coach Russ Rose joined our crew to talk about the season to date. Watch an extended online-only version of the chat further down in this post, and tune in at 2:30 p.m. ET for rest of this week’s TV show. Rose talks about scheduling strong non-conference teams and why Penn State is off to a strong start. Dara McIntosh, Michelle McMahon,and Kara Lentz take a closer look at Nebraska volleyball team this season. In addition to soccer and field hockey highlights, we unveil the first part of a two-part feature

Daily Links: Who's up & who's down this week?

Let’s just say it isn’t a great year for Big Ten quarterbacks. In fact, according to David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the conference’s signal-callers are at the bottom of the barrel. In other headlines in my daily links, we look at stories on Ohio State’s improved linebacker play, Iowa’s defensive uptick, and a fascinating comparison of the Buckeye and Husker programs through the years. Let’s dive in. QB drought: Let’s get back to that piece by David Jones. How bad is it? Only one Big Ten quarterback ranks in the top 40 in efficiency: Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez, who is