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10 Big Ten stories you need to know today

Here’s something Michigan State fans might begin worrying about: Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi’s name is being linked to the Louisville job now that Charlie Strong has bolted for Texas.

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10 Big Ten stories to read on Friday

Time for today’s top Big Ten stories. Let’s start in cold and snowy Wisconsin, where the end to the Badgers’ football season has sent a chill down the spins of many fans. Wisconsin ended the season with consecutive losses to Penn State and South Carolina, as a season with BCS promise melted into a disappointing finish. Does a 9-4 record and bowl loss equal a successful season for Wisconsin?

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10 Big Ten stories to read today

Great win for Michigan State in the Rose Bowl, as the Spartans punctuated a 13-1 season with a dominating 24-20 triumph over Stanford in the 100th “Granddaddy of them All.” What’s next for the Spartans? A national championship run, of course. Hey, it could happen.

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10 Big Ten stories you need to know today

Well, that was a New Year’s Eve Penn State fans never will forget, as news of Bill O’Brien bolting for the Houston Texans broke. Reaction was swift—and largely positive. Here is what Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! had to say about it.

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10 Big Ten stories to know today

News flash: The Ohio State defense has holes, but Urban Meyer thinks coordinator Luke Fickell can fill them. We shall see. A big Orange Bowl clash vs. Clemson and its high-flying offense looms on Friday. I am expecting a shootout. How can the Buckeye defense be fixed in a few weeks? Exactly. It can’t.

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Monday links: B1G bowl pride, O'Brien talk & more

The Rose Bowl is right around the corner. And, Michigan State hopes to not just make a statement about its program—but also for the Big Ten. And, the Big Ten needs it. Badly.

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Thursday links: Forbes.com ranks football teams

This is a great place to start daily links. Forbes.com has ranked the “most valuable” college football teams of 2013. A pretty interesting exercise. The most “valuable” Big Ten franchise: Michigan at No. 5. Next is Ohio State at No. 9; Nebraska No. 10; Penn State is No. 15; Wisconsin is No. 16.

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Wednesday links: Spartans talk, O'Brien & tweets

Hey, it’s never too soon to start looking toward 2014, right? Right. So, let’s turn the calendar and begin daily links with this look at who may replace Michigan State heart-and-soul linebacker Max Bullough. I know, it’s a big job.

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Tuesday links: Bill O'Brien-to-NFL talk, bowl prices & more

December in Pennsylvania has come to mean two things: 1. The holidays; 2. Bill O’Brien speculation. So, let’s start daily link there. David Jones of Pennlive.com takes a look at the annual O’Brien-to-the-NFL chatter.

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Monday links: Iowa LB trio, Aaron Craft & tweets

Iowa’s senior trio of linebackers James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens has a chance to go out with a bang in the Outback Bowl vs. LSU. But let’s take a peak toward 2014 as we kick off daily links: Who will replace the three stalwarts?

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Friday links: Should Braxton stay or go?

Let’s start daily links here with Ohio State’s Braxton Miller winning the Silver Football from the Chicago Tribune as the Big Ten MVP. Not a big surprise but still impressive when you consider he missed almost three games with a knee injury. Had Miller posted big numbers in a win over Michigan State in the Big Ten title game, I think he would have been a Heisman finalist.

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Thursday links: Big Ten names on USA Today team

USA Today has its All-American Team out. So, let’s start daily links there. Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard are the lone first-team choices from the Big Ten. Funny, wasn’t Wisconsin linebacker the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year? Borland was on the second team with Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun, Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien. Lewan? Really? He was one of the 10 best offensive linemen in America this season? Talk amongst yourself.

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Web links: Narduzzi honored, Iowa LB trio & tweets

Let’s start daily links with this bit of good news: Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant. This was a no-brainer, really.

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Tuesday links: Could football playoff go to 8 teams?

This is the last year for the BCS. Thank, goodness. A four-team playoff starts in 2014. But how soon will it give way to an eight-team playoff? David Jones of Pennlive.com thinks after the new 13-person College Football Playoff committee endures a couple of seasons trying to pick four participants, we’ll see another adjustment. Jones’ model makes sense: five major-conference champions, one mandated rep from among the six minor conferences and then two at-large berths will compose an 8-team tournament.

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Monday links: On MSU's Narduzzi & bowl updates

The bowl matches are set! The only left for you to do is send out invites for your Texas Bowl party and buy some Velveeta and Ro-tel. But before digging in on bowl news, let’s start Monday’s links with news on the Big Ten’s hottest assistant coaching commodity. It seems UConn has contacted Michigan State about talking to Pat Narduzzi, says Mark Dantonio.

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Thursday links: Can MSU stop OSU's run game?

The Big Ten championship game is just two days away. Should be a good one. And the one matchup we all anticipate is the clash between the Ohio State offense and Michigan State defense. How will the Spartans defend the killer 1-2 rushing duo of Braxton Miller-Carlos Hyde?

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Wednesday links: A case for Shazier over Borland

The Big Ten handed out its top individual awards. Not many shockers, but I’ll admit that I was a bit surprised that Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier lost out on Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors to Wisconsin’s Chris Borland.

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Tuesday links: Reviewing the All-Big Ten teams

The Big Ten came out with its all-league teams. And, as you would suspect, some of the choices raised eyebrows. So, let’s start daily links there. I love Wisconsin’s Chris Borland, who was picked as the league’s top linebacker. But Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier had better numbers. Production should mean something, right?

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Monday links: How big was Iowa's win at Nebraska?

Big Ten championship game week is here! So, let’s kick off Monday’s link with a quick look back at that wild Ohio State-Michigan game. There was a lot to like for Ohio State in its 42-41 win at Michigan. But, alas, that ugly pass defense reared its head again. OSU allowed 451 yards passing and 603 overall.

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Wednesday links: 'The Game,' Braxton & much more

We are a day closer to “The Game.” And, there is a lot on the line for each team. So, let’s start these pre-Thanksgiving links here. For Ohio State and its quest to reach the BCS title game, it must beat Michigan and then topple Michigan State in the Big Ten title game while hoping Alabama or Florida State loses down the stretch.

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Tuesday links: Updates on Heisman, Hoke & more

It’s Tuesday, two days until Thanksgiving. Until then, feast on a Heisman race that got turned sideways last Saturday with losses by Texas A&M (Johnny Manziel), Baylor (Bryce Petty) and Oregon (Marcus Mariota). And Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has a potentially murky future due to legal issues. Could Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller get back into the race?

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Monday links: Badgers eye BCS berth

There is one game left in the regular season, and let’s kick off Monday’s links with a look at what Wisconsin has at stake. It’s a lot. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that the biggest motivation is clear. A victory over Penn State keeps alive Wisconsin’s hopes to secure a BCS at-large berth.

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Friday links: Read up before Saturday's action

Where to start Friday’s links? How about with this story on Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory? Sure. The junior-college transfer leads the Big Ten with 8.5 sacks. Has newcomer made a bigger impact in the Big Ten this season? Well, you could make a case for a guy he’ll play this Saturday in Penn State’s true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Still, Gregory has had just as much impact in his own way.

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Thursday links: Who has Baylor ahead of OSU?

This is a good place to start Thursday links. USAToday has a Playoff Projection it conducts each week, with media panelists from across the nation taking part in selecting a mock playoff field. And, this week, it has Baylor as the No. 3 seed ahead of Ohio State.

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Web links: Iowa LB trio, Dantonio dance moves & more

Let’s begin Wednesday’s links with a salute to an awesome triumvirate of Iowa linebackers. This Saturday vs. Michigan will be the final game in Kinnick Stadium for Hawkeye seniors James Morris, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens. What a trio it has been, says Rick Brown of HawkCentral.com. I agree. And you should, too.

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