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Big Ten links: How would this 68-team football playoff shake out?

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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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Big Ten links: Catch up on these football, basketball headlines

Dec 9, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Denzel Valentine (45) drives to the basket against Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks forward Dominique Elliott (32) during the 1st half a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

Michigan State rolls to victory

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

Michigan at Ohio State

Urban Meyer address Ezekiel Elliott's comments

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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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Big Ten links: Football title game buzz ahead of Saturday's kickoffs

Michigan-Spring Game

Watch our Michigan-Penn State preview

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You bet Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has an interest in the Michigan State at Ohio State game. His squad still has a shot to win the East. To do so, the Wolverines need to win at Penn State on Saturday, but they also need the Buckeyes to beat the Spartans tomorrow. That would set up a winner-take-all clash Nov. 28 in Ann Arbor for the East title.

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Big Ten links: Seniors in the Penn State-Michigan spotlight

Snow Game Part 2

Remember this snowy game from 1995?

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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Big Ten links: Comparing Huskers, Hawkeyes over 15 years

NCAA Football: Iowa at Nebraska

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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.

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Big Ten links: Ready for a projected hoops tourney bracket ... in November?

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.

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Big Ten links: Iowa's CFP ranking, Alex Erickson's emergence & more

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It was nice to see Iowa ascend to No. 5 in the recent CFP poll. The committee finally realized that the Hawkeyes have a pretty good resume that has included a good home win vs. Pitt and road victories vs. ranked Wisconsin and Northwestern teams. Honestly, I think Iowa’s resume is better than Ohio State’s, which his No. 3 in the poll.

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Big Ten links: Missouri reaction, Tracy Claeys' future & more

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The power of football (and the big, big, BIG money associated with it) never was more apparent than at Missouri, where the threat of a boycott of this week’s game swiftly brought down the school’s president. On Saturday, the team threw its support behind campus protesters who didn’t like how the president was handling complaints about racism and other student-welfare issues. A few days later, he was gone.

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