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Today's links: Why is 60,000 a key number?

A few days have passed, but the new Big Ten divisional alignment still has some buzzing. Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World Herald weighs in on the new division splits here. Like everyone else with a pulse, Barfknecht thinks the East will be stronger than the West. And he applies the “60,000-seat Stadium Syndrome” as more proof.

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Web links: How far could Braxton Miller go?

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as league MVP last year as a sophomore. Now, he has improved and could be better than ever—and a legit Heisman contender. “If Braxton was a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10 when we got here, he finished (last) season around a four,” Buckeye offensive coordinator Tom Herman told Ozone.net. “By the end of spring ball he was around a six, but the cool thing with him is he could be about a 12.”

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What's being said about Big Ten's new divisions?

It was a busy weekend in the Big Ten. A REALLY busy weekend, with the NFL Draft as well as the big announcement of a new divisional alignment and a nine-game schedule for the venerable Big Ten. So much to cover in daily links. Let’s start with a view on the conference’s new configuration from a few Big Ten ports-of-call.

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Big Ten links: Media monitors NFL draft

The NFL draft is here. Hallelujah! But, Thursday night’s opening round may not be a joyous occasion for the Big Ten. In fact, the league may not have a first-round choice for the first time since—are you sitting down?–1953. Gulp. Yes, that’s 60 years.

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Today's links: College Football Playoff & much more

That recent grant of rights agreement inked by ACC schools apparently has stuck a fork in expansion, Big Ten commish Jim Delany said at an on-going gathering of college commissioners.

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Web links: On new football stars & spring report cards

Iowa has produced some great offensive linemen under Kirk Ferentz. In fact, since 2003, 13 Hawkeye offensive linemen have been drafted—guys like Robert Gallery, Bryan Bulaga and Riley Reiff, among others. Who is the next great one? Check out tackle Brandon Scherff. In fact, I wonder if Scherff may be Iowa’s most talented player on offense. Think about it.

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Web links: Michigan's No. 1 jersey, spring ball & more

It was a big weekend for spring football games, with Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State holding events. So, let’s start daily links there. Bob Flounders of the Harrisburg Patriot-News has some final thoughts on Penn State’s spring game right here.

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Today's links: Big Ten football & hoops notes

Much was made last year about Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez working with quarterback guru Steve Calhoun in southern California. But, the results were good. Well, Martinez will be back at it in May, looking to further hone his technique for a big senior season send-off.

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Today's links: Quick hits on latest Big Ten news

Pay attention, class. And sit up and sharpen your pencils: The great Bob Flounders of the Harrisburg Patriot-News offers some Penn State Numerology 101. Among the key numbers is 3, or the number of true freshmen who are competing at the nose tackle spot next to DaQuan Jones. They are Austin Johnson, Derek Dowrey and Brian Gaia. Jones figures to be a stud. The others? More PSU: The Nittany Lions will play their spring game this Saturday. Here are six second-year players to watch.

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Today's links: Can Badgers improve passing game?

Wisconsin will play its spring game this Saturday. And new Badgers coach Gary Andersen would like to see the passing game improve. In fact, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that Andersen saw in the Rose Bowl last season that Wisconsin’s passing game needs to improve. The Badgers completed 10 of 17 passes for 83 yards in the 20-14 loss to Stanford.

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Today's links: Quick spin around Big Ten headlines

Despite being limited in spring drills as he recovers from a broken leg suffered last season, Fitz Toussaint still is on track to be Michigan’s top running back. Why not? He was a 1,000-yard rusher in 2011, showing he’s capable of carrying a big load for a team’s that needs much better production from its tailbacks this fall.

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Links: Buckeyes impress as spring ball continues

Count Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Bill Livingston among those who are an Ohio State believer after watching the spring game. Who can blame Livingston? There is a lot to like about this edition of Ohio State. No doubt, the Buckeyes’ second spring game impressed even Urban Meyer.

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Today's links: Football news heats up

NCAA probation prevented Ohio State from winning the Big Ten or playing in a bowl game last season. But that didn’t stop the school from giving out rings for last season’s 12-0 mark. Let’s start daily links there.

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Today's links: Big Ten's changing hoops landscape

Tuesday it was Victor Oladipo. Yesterday, it was Cody Zeller. Now, what will Indiana look like with two of its biggest stars having turned pro? Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star takes a position-by-position look. Let’s start daily links there.

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Today's web links: Football, NBA decisions & tweets

There are a lot of things to like about an Ohio State offense led by QB Braxton Miller. But the Buckeye offense will be even better if some big-play receivers step up. Could Michael Thomas be one of those guys? Let’s start links here.

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