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Friday links: Football rolls on & hoops rolls in

Thanks goodness it’s Friday. Or, in my household, it’s called “Football Eve.” Pretty nice, huh? Let’s start daily links with this way-cool look at Big Ten teams and TV. Can you tell much about a program by the TV time slots it draws? It’s something Dan Hoppen of HuskersOnline.com looked at. Hoppen went back and tracked the starting times and TV networks for Nebraska games since the program joined the Big Ten in 2011 through this past weekend.

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Thursday links: Read these quick B1G headlines

Here is a good place to start daily links on this chilly Thursday in late October. Interesting piece from the great Tom Shatel: If Nebraska has the Big Ten blahs, it has only itself to blame. It seems some Huskers fans aren’t enamored with their new home. But, Shatel has some interesting insights: The inability to move up the rankings, or flag down the Associated Press voters? That’s on Nebraska’s inability to show well in a big game — most notably UCLA — not the mediocrity that is Big Ten football.

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Wednesday's links: Is it time to get off Greg Davis' back?

Happy Hump Day! You can see Saturday from here, which is a beautiful thing. Let’s begin Wednesday’s links with this little piece from Rick Brown of HawkCentral.com, who has something he wants to say to critics of Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis: Get off his back!

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Tuesday links: Is MSU defense a 'paper tiger?'

Here is an interesting place to start today’s daily links. The great Mike Griffith of Mlive.com has five alarming things we don’t know about this Michigan State team. Griffith’s most revealing item: Is the Michigan State defense a paper tiger? Interesting.

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Monday links: Dantonio thought about QB move

The Michigan State offense didn’t look good in a 14-0 win vs. Purdue, scoring just one touchdown. Turns out, Mark Dantonio gave a “little bit of thought” to changing quarterbacks. Oh, boy. I thought he’d be beyond this. Guess not.

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Friday links: Meyer hands out OSU report card

Happy Football Friday! Let’s not waste any time, OK? Let’s dig right into some of the Big Ten news that’s making ripples from Lincoln to State College—and all points in between. This caught my attention: Urban Meyer offers a midterm report card for his 6-0 team. There obviously are many areas that get good marks. The areas of concern?

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Thursday links: Hoops recruits & football news

Yes, football season is starting to really heat up as we enter the second half of the season. But, let’s start with some hoops on this Thursday. I thought you’d enjoy this excellent breakdown of the incoming recruiting classes for each school done by Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Web links: Michigan fallout, Iowa factoids & tweets

It’s Wednesday, Hump Day. And, it seems Michigan Nation is still aflame over the loss at Penn State. The analysis and problem-solving boils. Brady Hoke said it. We all know it: Devin Gardner can’t carry the ball 27 times a game. Gardner actually ran it 24 times at Penn State. And when he ran it, Michigan had some success. When he didn’t run, the offense—well, it stunk. So, that’s the conundrum.

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Tuesday links: Will Michigan get ground game on track?

The Michigan loss at Penn State has many taking a long, hard look at the Wolverine team. Where exactly is it headed? Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com brings it hard in this story. He says Michigan isn’t tough enough to play the brand of power football that it wants to.

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Monday links: Where do Wildcats go from here?

So much happened on Saturday. Where do we start with daily links? How about here, with a look at a Northwestern season that began with such promise but now is filled with questions after two losses in a row. That’s what happens when you play back-to-back games vs. arguably the Big Ten’s best teams–and not Illinois and Purdue, like Nebraska. Still, the Wildcat defeat at Wisconsin was particularly disturbing.

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Friday links: Rodriguez slams NCAA violations

I know, I know … Michigan fans would just as soon put the Rich Rodriguez era in their rear-view mirror. In a word, it was “disastrous.” But Wolverine fans and others may find this interesting on an otherwise slow “Football Friday” as Michigan prepares to play Bill O’Brien and Penn State on Saturday.  It seems Rodriguez thinks the NCAA violations incurred under his watch in A-squared were, shall we say, a little smelly.

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Thursday links: What's up with the Big Ten QB play?

Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald has watched a lot of Big Ten football so far this season. He also has watched a lot of football during his illustrious career as a writer. And he has come to this conclusion: The quarterback play in the Big Ten in 2013 has been disappointing so far. I’m certainly not going to argue with him. In fact, the quarterback play in the Big Ten hasn’t been that good for years.

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Web links: Penn State issues, Ohio State MVP & tweets

Happy Hump Day, America! There is a lot going on in the Big Ten as he turn the corner and head toward Saturday. Where to begin? How about right here with this pressing issue for Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison: To blitz, or not to blitz Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg. That’s the conundrum facing Mattison.

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Dienhart: There's talk of a football federation

This should get your attention on a Tuesday morning in early October. Interesting meetings going on at Big Ten headquarters, where league officials and conference athletic directors are discussing a possible football federation.

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Monday links: Kings' breakout, Kill's health & more

Ohio State sent a big message on Saturday with an impressive comeback win at Northwestern. Well, Michigan State also sent a message with its big victory at Iowa that was sparked by a resurgent offense. Here, I’ll let Spartan receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr., deliver the message for the Legends Division: “We’re coming at you.”

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