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Our interview with new Rutgers football coach Chris Ash tops off Friday’s Big Ten headlines roundup. Also, read how Kirk Ferentz’s long-term contract wound up being great for Iowa, see a video that shows off one Big Ten receiver’s amazing hands, and catch up on a report about a possible Big Ten basketball doubleheader in Chicago. Dive in and read all of the links.
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What if college football had a 68-team tourney like basketball? Ah, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Well, Athlon Sports has put together a bracket if we all lived in Fantasy Land. I don’t need a full-blown fantasy 68-team tourney. Still, Look at what the four-team playoff has done to drive weekly debate. Have a look at one publication’s projections, the catch up on the rest today’s news from around the Big Ten.
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Maryland and Michigan appear to have lined up key new additions to their football staffs. Michigan hoops could use a spark. What about Nebraska vs. Kansas State in football? And here’s one writer’s look at the season of QB play at Ohiop State. Get your Thursday Big ten headlines in this post.
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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.
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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.
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?
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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.
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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.
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Having one college degree already, Michigan QB Jake Rudock embraces the “old man” label. And Michigan’s opponent on Saturday, Penn State, says goodbye to a senior class that has seen a lot over their careers. Also in today’s Big Ten headlines roundup, look at all of the Ohio State natives on Michigan State’s football roster and updates on two big men in Big Ten men’s basketball.
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Could Saturday’s game vs. Michigan be Christian Hackenberg’s final appearance in Beaver Stadium? The Penn State QB isn’t thinking about that.
Today one writer compares the recent histories of Iowa and Nebraska. Plus, a closer look at Ohio State’s kicking situation and five-year contracts for athletic directors. And could Iowa’s C.J. Beathard be all-Big Ten? Read these stories and more in this roundup of Big Ten headlines now.
How about Michigan QB Jake Rudock? Who saw this type of season coming from the former Iowa signal-caller? I didn’t. Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com has a nice tribute to him after his six touchdown pass effort at Indiana.
“If there’s confusion about who the guy is who’s going to the lead the Boilermakers in 2016, let’s dispel that,” Purdue’s athletic director told BTN. Watch that and read more football and men’s basketball headlines from around the Big Ten on this Friday.
Today we have USA Today projection – wait for it – an early NCAA men ‘s basketball bracket. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet! Also, which Ohio State assistant football coaches are ready to be come head coaches? And Tom Izzo is very high on his latest basketball recruiting class. Get caught up on these stories and more with Tom Dienhart’s roundup of these Thursday Big Ten headlines.