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Monday links: On MSU's Narduzzi & bowl updates

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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

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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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Spartans, Huskers battle shapes up

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Dennis Franklin Talks 1973 OSU-Michigan Game

Happy Football Friday! The analysis of the Michigan State at Nebraska game continues. Why not? It’s gonna be a great battle that essentially will determine the Legends Division race. But the latest injury news from Lincoln isn’t great, as the offensive line is banged up. Not good news for a Huskers team facing a terrific Spartans front.

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Thursday links: Huskers need big plays vs. Spartans

Tommy Armstrong Jr.

Randy Gregory Joins #BTNLive

It’s Thursday, and that means we are one day closer to Saturday, which means we are one day closer to the Michigan State at Nebraska game. Thank goodness! Let’s start links right there, shall we? Nebraska has a big task on Saturday trying to beat Michigan State. No doubt, big plays will be needed for the Cornhuskers to emerge victorious. But, big plays have been rare with Taylor Martinez out of the lineup.

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Wednesday links: Big week for MSU hoops, football

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Kentucky vs. Michigan State - Top Plays

The college hoop season opened last Friday, but it REALLY opened last night with that big double-header that featured No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State. Let’s start daily links there. The Spartans delivered a nice salvo to the rest of the nation with their victory over the mighty Wildcats. What did the win mean? Well, it’s November, so not much. But MSU will become the No. 1 team in the nation. And, the victory showed the preseason hype is justified.

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Tuesday links: Is Huskers QB career over?

Taylor Martinez

Big Ten Power Rankings - Nov. 11, 2013

Well, this makes it official: The career of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez apparently is over—according to his father. What a way to start Tuesday links. Martinez’s father, Casey Martinez, wrote in an email to the Associated Press on Monday night that said Taylor has a “debilitating injury” near the ball of his left foot that could take until February or March to heal fully. This is too bad. This was supposed to be Martinez’s senior season of glory, when it all came together as he led the Cornhuskers to the program’s first league title since 1999 and was a Heisman contender.

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Thursday links: Don't make these coaches angry

Let’s kickoff this Thursday with a fun video/photo piece from USAToday on the 10 angriest college basketball coaches. How do you define angry? That’s the point, it’s subjective. Regardless, the Big Ten is well-represented. No, Nebraska’s Tim Miles isn’t on this list. He’s at the complete opposite end of this scale! He is the Wally Cleaver of hoop coaches.

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Wednesday links: Could Gophers make title game?

David Cobb

Derrick Engel Joins #BTNLive

Happy Hump Day, Big Ten Nation. There’s lots to cover. So, let’s get started. Check out this video of Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In it, he has five easy steps for the Gophers to reach the Big Ten title game. Yes, it’s possible—very possible. Minnesota has a good shot to beat Penn State at home this Saturday. Then, things get really tough with games at Wisconsin and then at Michigan State. Whatever happens, the Gophers can take comfort in knowing the Outback Bowl is keep an eye on them.

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Tuesday links: Does OSU have B1G's two best quarterbacks?

Braxton Miller

Ron Kellogg Joins #BTNLive

It’s Tuesday. Not sure about the significance of Tuesday. There never really has been significance to Tuesday. So, let’s just jump right into daily links. The lack of quarterbacking heft in the Big Ten has been fairly well documented the last few years. But, in case you have forgotten, here is this little reminder: Davey O’Brien award announced its 16 semifinalists. And only one Big Ten quarterback made the cut: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller.

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Monday links: Is MSU cheering for ... Michigan?

Mark Dantonio

Michigan at Michigan State - Football Highlights

Happy Monday, Big Ten Nation! Time to start prepping for the big game this week: Nebraska at Michigan. Neither team can afford another loss in its pursuit of Michigan State in the Legends Division. What’s ironic is that a win by the Wolverines over the Huskers would be a big help to the Spartans. That would give Nebraska two league losses, the same as Michigan. MSU has none. So, will Mark Dantonio be cheering for the Wolverines on Saturday, when the Spartans are off?

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Friday links: Can Hyde rank among OSU greats?

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Touchdowns of the Week - Oct. 26th, 2013

November has arrived! And, that’s a beautiful thing. Because, well, you know the saying: The games to remember are played in November. Where to start today’s daily links? How about with this on Carlos Hyde? He has been a revelation since returning from a three-game suspension at the start of the season. Turns out, he wants to carve a spot for himself among the great Ohio State running backs.

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