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Thursday Dec 8
6:30 PMSt. Peter's at MarylandWatch

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Big Ten links: Chris Ash reaction, Ohio State hypothetical & more

Chris Ash officially was introduced as head coach at Rutgers on Monday. He is a bright defensive mind who is ready for the next step after helping run the Ohio State defense the last two years. Steve Politi of NJ.com has five first impressions. Politi thinks Ash should leave his OSU post now and dedicate himself to RU. But Ash will coach in the Fiesta Bowl with the Buckeyes. I like it. Here are Ash’s contract terms. Ash, who turns 42 on Dec. 24, has a five-year, $11-million deal and will receive a guaranteed salary starting at $2 million for

Big Ten links: Bowl reaction, bowl previews & more bowl coverage

I was so glad to see Iowa get a Rose Bowl bid despite losing the league title game. The Hawkeyes haven’t been to Pasadena since the 1990 season. The drought is over. Iowa fans will overrun the Rose Bowl. It will be beautiful. Iowa will play Stanford, which it never has played. The Hawkeyes last played in the Rose Bowl in 1991 and lost to Washington 46-34. The Hawkeyes played in three Rose Bowls during the Hayden Fry era and lost all three. Kirk Ferentz was an assistant coach on the first two teams. Iowa appeared in two other Rose

Big Ten links: On Maryland hire, Rutgers' prospects & more

With D.J. Durkin off to coach Maryland, Michigan needs a defensive coordinator. Mlive.com has some names. Hey, Greg Mattison is still on staff. He was DC under Brady Hoke and did a nice job. Jim Leavitt? I like it. He was on Jim Harbaugh’s staff with the 49ers. An intense and smart coach who oozes passion. On the subject of Durkin, who was introduced has head coach on Thursday in College Park, was his hire a risk? Sure it was. All hires are. They guy never has been a head coach. And he has no ties to the east. A lot

Big Ten links: Which team would go to the Rose Bowl?

The Rose Bowl committee has been adamant that it will select the highest-rated CFP Big Ten team to replace the champion if it is selected for the playoffs. This is bad news for the loser of the Big Ten title game—Iowa or Michigan State. The winner will skip off to the playoffs. The loser? It figures to be passed in the rankings by Ohio State, which means the Buckeyes would be tabbed for the Rose Bowl despite not winning their division. It makes no sense. But, there is some wiggle room for the Rose Bowl to call an audible and

Big Ten links: Talk about new No. 4 in latest CFP rankings & more

So, the College Football Playoff committee discussed jumping Michigan State over Iowa in this week’s poll. The Hawkeyes were No. 4; the Spartans No. 5. But, No. 4? No. 5? It doesn’t matter. The winner of the Big Ten title game is going to the playoff. So, who cares? *** Lots of intriguing storylines around the Big Ten title game. Both Iowa and Michigan State are physical teams. In fact, do any two teams better epitomize traditional, stereotypical Big Ten football than these two clubs? Nope. Which one is most physical? *** The NCAA has come up with a way

Big Ten links: 5-7 bowl teams, Kyle Flood's good-bye & much more

Looks like APR will be used to slot 5-7 teams into bowls—and 5-7 teams will be needed. That’s good news for Nebraska and Minnesota, which have high APRs and 5-7 marks. The Huskers almost look like a lock to make a bowl. *** Rutgers is in the market for a coach. And, it’s a crowded market. And the new AD? He has no experience in football, spending most of his career at Seton Hall. Places like Virginia, Miami, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia, Syracuse and Maryland also are looking for coaches. This is a big hire for RU … and the

Big Ten links: OSU playoff chances, Indiana bowling & much more

Yes, Ohio State can’t win the Big Ten. But, it still could get into the playoffs–maybe. The key: Florida must topple Alabama in the SEC title game. Could it happen? Sure. Will it? Not likely. But, the Buckeyes can cling to that hope. *** Mark Dantonio deserving of national coach of the year consideration? Interesting. I can’t say that I disagree. Mlive.com points out that this 2015 campaign might represent the best coaching job of Dantonio’s tenure in East Lansing when one considers the rash of injuries, difficulty of schedule and staff adjustments without former coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Now, the

Big Ten links: 'The Game,' Paul Bunyan's Axe & so much more

The great Nick Baumgardner has five things to watch in “The Game.” One of them: How much will star Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers play on both sides of the ball? The answer: A lot. Why leave anything in the tank? *** This is interesting: Jim Harbaugh hasn’t been emphasizing recruiting in Ohio. Cleveland.com says Michigan has taken the Notre Dame approach: Grab some guys from the Midwest, then expand nationally by using the school’s brand. There’s a ton of talent in California, Texas and Florida, and Harbaugh certainly has the Urban Meyer-like rock star personality to expand Michigan’s scope. ***

Big Ten links: Rivalry Week notes, Penn State struggles & much more

It’s Ohio State-Michigan week. And, it doesn’t get much better. Well, I guess it could be, if this was a winner-takes-all battle for the East Division title. Alas, it isn’t, since the Buckeyes lost last week at home to Michigan State. Still, the first Harbaugh vs. Meyer clash should be memorable. *** Would there be any fallout from Ezekiel Elliott’s harsh critique of his coaching staff after the Buckeyes’ loss to the Spartans? Nope. Urban Meyer says all is hunky-dory. “It was a very isolated incident, we have a three-year bank on Zeke,” Meyer said. “I couldn’t disagree with his

Big Ten links: Iowa-Nebraska rivalry, NFL futures & more

Iowa has the Big Ten West sewn up, but it still must win-out if it hopes to maybe land a playoff spot. That means winning at Nebraska on Black Friday. And, that could be tough in what looks like a rivalry that finally could have some teeth to it. Pride. Respect. That’s what Tom Shatel of Omaha.com says is on the line on Friday. And what gives this would-be rivalry a chance to be a very hot annual shindig. This is gonna be fun. *** Big Ten Nation is still buzzing about Michigan State’s win at Ohio State that kept