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

Michigan-Spring Game

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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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Big Ten links: Kill 'hopeful & positive' Gophers make Claeys head coach

In Friday’s Big Ten news headlines, former Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill says on the radio that he is “hopeful and positive” that interim head coach Tracy Claeys will be given the job permanently. Also, could Michigan State be in trouble vs. Nebraska? How talented is Michigan’s Jabril Peppers? And what will Cardale Jones do now that’s he’s the starting quarterback at Ohio State again? Catch up on all of these stories and more.

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Big Ten links: Why no midwest sites for future College Football Championships?

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CFP executive director talks football playoff

On Wednesday, BTN’s Dave Revsine talked to Bill Hancock, College Football Playoff Executive Director, an they discussed the new championship sites, the latest rankings and more. Also, Pat Forde has news on Purdue’s Darrell Hazell while Michigan State’s offensive line appears to be healthier. What’s sparked the improvement in Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg lately? And Michigan expects Jake Rudock to play this weekend.

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Big Ten links: 1 QB out, 1 WR questionable & a great Jerry Kill story

Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. is out for Saturday, so who steps in? What does Northwestern need to do in the bye week? Tom Izzo has high praise for a new big man – high, high praise. And did you read this story about how Jerry Kill’s generosity with children suffering from seizures changed one boy’s life? Tom Dienhart gives you one more spin around the Big Ten headlines on this Friday before Week 9 games kick off Saturday.

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Big Ten links: Penn State's Carl Nassib is one of Big Ten's best

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A look at the rise of Penn State’s Carl Nassib. Another look at how Michigan punter Blake O’Neill handled adversity. What are Ohio State’s Cardale Jones’ options? Is Iowa’s 7-0 start “lucky” or a product of design? Find these Big Ten football stories and more in Friday’s Big Ten roundup.

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Big Ten links: On punters, Pitt vs. Penn State & Purdue's project plans

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Thursday morning brings stories on Brady Hoke’s take on Michigan’s last play last Saturday, a little bit of possible tension between Pit and Penn State, Maryland’s handshake plan for this weekend, and Urban Meyer’s thoughts on Rutgers WR Leonte Caroo. Plus, Purdue seeks approval on a new football complex. Read it all in this post.

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Big Ten links: Cam Johnston's importance, Penn State OL & more

Sep 19, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes punter Cameron Johnston (95) punts during the second half versus the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer thanks fans for Saturday night

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Still can’t get enough of the wild end to the Michigan State at Michigan game? Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com looked into the history of Wolverine Aussie punter Blake O’Neill. And Solomon unearthed some interesting stuff, as O’Neill’s Australian rules past may have contributed to his last-play fail.

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