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Monday's links: Put-up-or-pipe-down year for Big Ten?

The smoke has cleared—Big Ten media days are over. The last word has been uttered, at least for now. Teams have begun to report to camp, and the season is just around the corner. And it’s a big one for the conference, as it chases the SEC and its seven national championships in a row. In fact, the Big Ten is entering a no-excuse season. At least that’s what Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal thinks.

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Friday's links: All the best from Big Ten media days

Jul 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers receiver Jared Abbrederis is interviewed during the Big Ten media day at the Chicago Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Jim Delany Press Conference - 2013 B1G Football Media Day

With media days complete, there is a long list of stories to check out. Here is a nice run down to get you caught up on each team from the goings-on in Chicago the last two days. By the way: The season begins Aug. 29, with Indiana State playing at Indiana.

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Friday's links: Funchess' outlook, bowl updates & more

Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess

Devin Funchess Big Catch and Thomas Rawls Touchdown

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

One of the Michigan players I am most intrigued about is sophomore tight end Devin Funchess. The guy is an athletic freak who showed flashes of big things last season as a true freshman and could end up being one of the best in the Big Ten at his position in 2013.

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Tuesday's links: Ireland trip, Devin Gardner & more

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Typically, a team will go only as far as its quarterback takes it. Well, listen up, Nebraska fans: Sam McKewon of Omaha.com has ranked the Huskers’ quarterback opponents. This is a fun exercise that you may want to do with your favorite team, as it may give you a good idea on how many victories to expect.

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Monday's links: Most surprising 1K rusher?

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

California, here comes the Big Ten! Later today, the Big Ten will announce agreements to send teams to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, beginning with the 2014 season. The Pac-12 will be the foe in each bowl. The Big Ten had a tie-in with the Holiday Bowl from 1986-94. Illinois played in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl after the 2011 season.

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Web links: Looking at O'Brien's raise, football previews

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Big doings yesterday in State College, Pa., Penn State coach Bill O’Brien got his deal re-worked. And, I think he’s worth every penny of his revised deal. Yes, it’s good to be O’Brien, who received a $1,000,000 raise, which pumps up his total compensation to $3.28 mil per year. No need for him to hesitate when asked if he wants extra meat on his Subway sandwiches. Ya, O’Brien can afford it.

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Web links: Big Ten's best ever in gallery form

Andrew Weber-US Presswire

I’m leading Daily Links with baseball. Yes, that’s right: Baseball! It’s all a celebration of Indiana’s trip to the College World Series, the Big Ten’s first entrant in the grand event since 1984. The Indianapolis Star has a neat photo feature that looks at over 20 of the best all-time MLB players produced by Big Ten schools.

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Monday's links: Martinez, hoops primer & much more

Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez has progressively gotten better each year in Lincoln. It’s no accident. A reason for that improvement has been his offseason work with quarterback guru Steve Calhoun in southern California. Well, Martinez is still working with Calhoun, looking to punctuate his Cornhuskers career in style. And, hopefully, the program’s first league title since 1999.

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