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Big Ten links: How about Iowa vs. Alabama in 2015?

How about an Iowa vs. Alabama game to open the 2015 season? Yes, please. The Tide needs a foe, and it sounds like they are having a difficult time finding one and will “take anybody.”

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Today's links: Big Ten's best defensive back?

NFL.com continues its series examining top players at each position in college football. The defensive backs are up. And Michigan State’s Trae Waynes is No. 5. Fellow Spartan Kurtis Drummond also is on the list at No. 8, while Ohio State’s Doran Grant is No. 7.

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Scroll through Tuesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Want a ticket for the Michigan-Notre Dame game? Get ready to pay up. The cheapest ticket available via the secondary market? It’s $419.95. I don’t see that price going down, as the last scheduled meeting between these iconic schools should draw lots of interest.

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Start your week off with these 10 Big Ten headlines

Wanna see Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill dance (sorta)? Check out this video, in which Kill tells students to dance after delivering the commencement speech.

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It's time for Friday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Here’s some more news that won’t shock anyone: Christian Hackenberg already is on the radar of NFL teams. “Hack” had a boffo debut in 2013 and figures to be the first Big Ten quarterback selected in the first round of the NFL draft since … Kerry Collins in 1994!!! I still can’t believe that fact.

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B1G's best recruiter? See candidates in today's links

Who is the best recruiter in the Big Ten? One ESPN analyst thinks it’s Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson. And I’m not gonna argue that notion. His recruiting acumen has been lauded for years.

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Scroll through Wednesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

When discussing schedules, seven home games often are mentioned as a magical benchmark for schools. Well, the Big Ten is not set on it, apparently, according to this piece by Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald. The coming move to nine Big Ten games in 2016 is one factor causing schools to rethink scheduling. The other is lucrative neutral-site games.

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Check out Tuesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

The start of the football season is less than 100 days away, if you can believe it. And there are few more anticipated non-conference games than Michigan State’s visit to Oregon. The Spartans are using the summer as prep time to get ready for that high-flying Duck offense led by Heisman contending quarterback Marcus Mariota. MSU will need the extra prep work. Everyone does.

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Scroll through Thursday's 10 Big Ten headlines

The hype surrounding the Ohio State defensive line already is building. And with good reason. The unit may be the best in the nation, headlined by Noah Spence, Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa. In fact, all three of these guys could be first-round draft picks.

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Check out Wednesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Here is something to prime the pump for the coming football season: a slideshow featuring the Big Ten’s best players. Who’s No. 1 on the list? Oh, c’mon … you know. Hint: It’s a Buckeye.

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Scroll through Tuesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Oh, boy. You know the football season isn’t too far away when someone starts a countdown of some sort. Well, here’s one from the Lincoln Journal Star counting down the Top 25 Big Ten players of 2014. Here are Nos. 11-25. Check back for the rest.

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Start your week off with these 10 Big Ten headlines

Great story from Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, whose research revealed that unsold bowl tickets cost the Big Ten $4.5 million last year. That’s your cue to pick your jaw up off the floor.

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It's time for Friday's 10 Big Ten headlines

If it’s Friday, it must be time for another football-is-bad-for-your-brain story. (That’s your cue to act shocked.) Then again, these stories are churned out seemingly every day. And, for good reason. THIS JUST IN: Football is a dangerous sport and really can’t be made into a safe sport, no matter how hard P.R. folks or the NFL try to convince you.

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Scroll through Thursday's 10 Big Ten headlines

The Big Ten AD meetings continued yesterday in Chicago. Many subjects were discussed. When I talked to Commissioner Jim Delany last week, he said he didn’t anticipate the league football championship game leaving the Midwest. And, Delany reiterated that stance.

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Today's links: News from AD meetings & much more

The Big Ten athletic directors are meeting in Chicago. Envision pitchers of water sitting on tables covered in linen clothes with the smell of Drakkar Noir in the air. Not much big news has emerged from the confab. The topic of the Big Ten’s move East was a hot one.

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Check out Tuesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

The Big Ten has gone six years without a top-10 NFL draft pick. Think about that for a moment. As a point of reference, the SEC has had 23 top-10 picks in that span. We won’t even mention the Big Ten’s 2-7 Rose Bowl record and 27-47 bowl mark over the past decade. Oops. Why the struggles? This story tries to explain.

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Start your week off with these 10 Big Ten headlines

One of the most stunning revelations of the NFL draft was the fact Michigan State had just one pick (CB Darqueze Dennard) off a 13-win team that won all nine Big Ten games by double-digits. This was one of the top squads in league annals!

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Scroll through Friday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Last year, the Big Ten had one first-round pick. Things went better last night in what was a good first night at the NFL draft for the Big Ten with four selections. Ohio State led the way with two picks. The first Big Ten player off the board? Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. He also was the third OT tabbed, going No. 11 to Tennessee.

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Check out Thursday's 10 Big Ten headlines

It’s NFL Draft Day! Get out your favorite team’s cap and prepare to drool as you hear about how every team has filled every need. It’s magic, really. Let’s kick off things with this nice round up of what various draft experts have to say about the Ohio State prospects.

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It's NFL draft eve! Read today's 10 Big Ten links

It’s NFL draft eve, people! It’s almost here … finally! Stock up on the Ro-Tel and chips. So, I would be remiss if I didn’t include at least ONE mock draft in today’s links, right? Right. This is a good one from CBSSports.com that combines draft experts.

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Here are Friday's top 10 Big Ten headlines

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups were announced yesterday (see slate). Lots of nice match ups. And one I already am looking forward to is Michigan State vs. Notre Dame. The schools haven’t met since 1979. How does this happen?

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It's time for Thursday's 10 Big Ten headlines

Big doings here to kick off your Thursday: The College Football Playoff folks have unveiled the criteria that will be used to select the four schools for the pending playoff.

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Check out Wednesday's 10 Big Ten headlines

I wrote recently about how college football needs uniformity when it comes to conference scheduling. The five major leagues all need to play the same number of conference games. The Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and ACC are on board, with each now playing nine or with plans to. But not the SEC, which recently decided that it will remain at eight games. The College Football Playoff Committee won’t tell the leagues what to do. Too bad.

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Here are 10 Big Ten headlines for Tuesday

The final spring football attendance figures are in. And the Big Ten accounted for three of the nation’s top six crowds. The Big Ten’s largest? That would be Penn State, which welcomed 72,000 to get a first look at James Franklin’s team.

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Start your week off with these 10 Big Ten headlines

The Spartans put a bow on spring drills on Saturday. And, this team looks good. Yes, it has some areas to shore up, like defensive tackle and the offensive lines. Still, there is a lot to like. So much so that there is … national championship talk? Yes, your ears aren’t deceiving you.

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