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Monday's links: Will future playoff hurt final BCS season?

The Des Moines Register has a nice package examining the spending habits of teams across the Big 12, Big Ten and the nation. Randy Peterson of the paper did a bang up job.

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

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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Thursday's links: NCAA football, 'Sweet Caroline' & tweets

Shock waves rippled through the video game community when it was announced that the NCAA was ending its deal with EA Sports to produce the highly popular NCAA football video game.

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Wednesday's links: Gators bite back, Ferentz & tweets

In case you missed it, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer turned in Florida for a potential minor violation. Well, Gators coach Will Muschamp took a swipe at the Buckeyes at SEC media days.

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

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 web links: Cook, Urban & Spartan finances

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is doing all he can to move up the depth chart. In fact, he has worked out with QB guru George Whitfield in California. Smart move.

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Wednesday's links: Big Ten's top 2014 NBA Draft prospect?

Lots of hoops on the day before the 4th of July. Let’s start here, with a look at a series of rankings of the Big Ten’s top 2014 NBA prospects, as compiled by the great Marcus Fuller of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

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Tuesday's links: Deion Barnes, Iowa offense & tweets

No doubt, Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes is a future star after a sensational debut in 2012 that saw him notch a team-high six sacks as a freshman. But he’ll have to deal with some extra attention this fall, as he’ll be a marked man.

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Monday's links: Did you know this wild Urban stat?

Wow and amaze your friends with this factoid: Urban Meyer never has had a running back rush for 1,000 yards in a season in his 11 years as a head coach.

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Monday's links: Most surprising 1K rusher?

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

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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Thursday's links: Only 3 Big Ten stars make SN top 25 list

The great Matty Hayes of Sporting News has come out with his annual list of the Top 25 players in college football.

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Wednesday's links: Penn State QB, Jack Hoffman & more

Perhaps the most intriguing quarterback battle in the Big Ten will take place in State College, Pa. But the great David Jones of PennLive.com says Penn State fans shouldn’t expect massively hyped incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg or junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson to be the equal of Matt McGloin this fall.

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Tuesday's links: Lunt, Nebraska's new surface & more

Signing Day was months ago, but Illinois apparently has added a gem to its roster in Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt. Count Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette among those who think landing the Rochester, Ill., native is a coup.

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Web links: Iowa's critical opener, OSU offense & more

Iowa is coming off a 4-8 season, its worst since 2000. So, no doubt, a good start would help. In fact, Bryce Miller of HawkCentral.com thinks the Hawkeyes’ opener Aug. 31 vs. Northern Illinois will set the tone for this oh-so-critical season.

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