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Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Power Rankings - Jan. 1 Bowl Edition

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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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Friday links: Should Braxton stay or go?

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

James White & Melvin Gordon Join #BTNLive

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

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Brandon Scherff Joins #BTNLive

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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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Tuesday links: Could football playoff go to 8 teams?

Heisman Trophy

Jim Miller Talks with "#BTNLive"

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

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2013 Big Ten Football Championship - Ohio State vs. Michigan State

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?

Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (10) hand the ball off to running back Carlos Hyde (34) at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin in overtime 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE.Credit: US PRESSWIRE

A.J. Hawk Talks OSU-MSU Championship 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

Ryan Shazier

2013 Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Borland

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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

Wisconsin's Chris Borland

2013 Receiver of the Year: Allen Robinson

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?

NCAA Football: Iowa at Nebraska

Iowa at Nebraska - Football Highlights

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

Braxton Miller

Gary Andersen Joins #BTNlive

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

Braxton Miller

Gary Andersen Joins #BTNlive

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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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Friday links: Read up before Saturday's action

Randy Gregory

James Morris Joins #BTNLive

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

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John Urschel Joins #BTNLive

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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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Today's links: B1G's top 2 running backs are ...

Ameer Abdullah

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 18, 2013

So many good running backs to choose from, so few spots on the all-conference team to fill. That’s the conundrum that Lee Barfknecht of Omaha.com is dealing with. I feel his pain. So, let’s start daily links there. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah gets one spot. The other? That’s a toughie. Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde? Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon or James White? Minnesota’s David Cobb? Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford? Indiana’s Tevin Coleman? So difficult.

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