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

Michael Bennett

Matt Lepay Joins #BTNLive

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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Friday links: OSU No. 6 in Palm's BCS projections

Jordan Hall

Pat Fitzgerald Joins #BTNLive

Happy Friday, Big Ten Nation! It’s great to be alive on the eve of game day Saturday. And, isn’t it good not to be one of those officials who worked last nights’ Texas-Iowa State game? Let’s dig right into links. The great Jerry Palm of has his first BCS rankings out, and Ohio State fans won’t be happy. The Buckeyes are—gulp—No. 6.

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Thursday links: Gophers, Wolverines expect better

Brady Hoke

Gary Barnett Joins "#BTNLive"

Michigan has a big game against Minnesota on Saturday. The Wolverines have had two weeks to prep, two weeks to tweak things and show the world those wins over Akron and UConn weren’t indicative of the type of team this is. One area tweaked: Offensive line. If Michigan had played a game on Wednesday, Brady Hoke says Graham Glasgow would have started at center and Chris Bryant at left guard.

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Friday links: Battle looms for Badgers, Buckeyes

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer Joins #BTNLive

Breathe in. Breathe out. Smell that? It’s football. Beautiful, isn’t it? We are one day closer to the big Wisconsin at Ohio State game. This game will have big implications on many fronts: the Leaders Division, the Big Ten race and the national title chase. Having gone to the last three Rose Bowls, the Badgers have what the Buckeyes want: Big Ten supremacy. Let’s start Friday’s links with this: Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wonders if the Badger defense has what it takes to slow the Buckeyes.

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Thursday links: On pay-for-play, QB games & more

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Kain Colter Speaks on APU Demonstration

Among the latest Big Ten headlines: This pay-for-play argument in college athletics won’t go away. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany discusses the issue here, and Delany makes many good points. I just don’t know where all of this is going. Part of me wants to see players get compensated—but I think the only players who should are ones in revenue-generating sports: football and men’s basketball.

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Tuesday's links: Braxton's return, Kill's salary & more

Heeeeee’sssss baaaaccckkk! Ohio State superman Braxton Miller has been cleared to play Saturday vs. Wisconsin. If he practices well this week, he’ll start, says Urban Meyer. Miller’s timing is great, as Ohio State has a big game vs. Wisconsin on Saturday in Columbus. Miller has missed the last two-plus games with a MCL injury to his left knee. In fact, he’s played just one series in the last three games.

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Monday's links: Looking ahead to Badgers at Buckeyes


Let the hype begin on this week’s Wisconsin at Ohio State game! It’s a massive showdown in the Leaders Division. In fact, let’s go ahead and call it what it is, OK? A de facto Leaders Division championship game. That’s correct: The winner of this game almost assuredly will win the division and advance to the Big Ten title game to play who knows who?

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Friday links: New QB faces & a penny defense?

Taylor Martinez

Mark Dantonio Visits "BTNLive"

Happy Friday, Big Ten Nation! Game day almost is here. Don’t you love those words? Sure you do! Let’s start here with daily links. The last two seasons, Michigan has had issues with turnovers in its first road game. How bad has it been? Michigan has 16 turnovers in five recent road losses. Will those issues persist with this year’s maiden voyage away Ann Arbor, at UConn this Saturday?

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Thursday links: Is MSU's defense 'average?'

NCAA Football: Youngstown State at Michigan State

Treyvon Green Visits "#BTNLive"

Game day is drawing near. Thank goodness, as the Big Ten needs to get back onto the field after last Saturday’s disappointing 7-5 mark. Michigan State has the headliner game, as it travels to Notre Dame with the nation’s No. 1 defense that coordinator Pat Narduzzi calls “average.” If the Spartans defense is average, I’d like to see good. But, Narduzzi may have a point. After all, the combined record of Michigan State’s first three opponents against FBS competition is 0-7.

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Web links: Hoke's advice for Gardner? Move forward

Devin Gardner

Big Ten Power Rankings - Sept. 16, 2013

We all know Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner had a bad game vs. Akron. Brady Hoke’s advice: move forward. Well, that’s often easier said than done. I have to think Gardner has some self-doubt in his mind. And, the only way to get over it is to have some turnover-free games—starting with Saturday’s visit to UConn.

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Tuesday's links: Is it time to worry about Braxton's health?

Braxton Miller

San Diego State at Ohio State - Top Plays

Another day, another reason for Buckeyes fans to fret about possible potholes on the way to an unbeaten season. Should Ohio State fans be worried about Braxton Miller’s seeming inability to stay healthy? Miller has left six games with injuries since taking over in 2011. This is worrisome. Heck, he’s left both games early this season. Check out every instance by clicking here.

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Web links: Gardner love, Spartans' offense & more

Devin Gardner

Jeremy Gallon 61-Yard Touchdown

What a Monday to wake up and be Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner! They guy is the BMOC in Ann Arbor after that sensational performance vs. Notre Dame on Saturday night. Heck, he’ll be a BMOC for a while with his skills and this offense. Nick Baumgardner of says if Devin Gardner is on the money, the Wolverines’ offense knows no limits.

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Friday links: Gardner's test, MSU QBs & more

Devin Gardner

Pat Fitzgerald Talks With #BTNLive

Happy Friday! Let’s all meet at Cha Chi’s after work for some potato zingers! OK, let’s not. But let’s at least take this time to discuss some Big Ten headlines, OK? If Michigan is going to beat Notre Dame, QB Devin Gardner has to have a good game. That mean he has to avoid the picks, of which he had two last week … vs. a directional school.

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Thursday links: Big Ten headlines & notes

Pat Fitzgerald

Ryan Kerrigan Talks with "#BTNLive"

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

It’s good to be Pat Fitzgerald. He’s a hot, young coach whose program is on the rise as it’s ranked in 2013 coming off a 10-win season and the school’s first bowl victory since the 1948 season. If he was a stock, he’d have a “buy” rating. Now, he’s a whole lot richer, too.

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