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

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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Monday links: BCS talk, plenty of Spartans & tweets

The BCS race is getting a bit interesting, as Baylor has narrowed the gap—and I mean REALLY narrowed the gap as in .001 narrow—behind Ohio State.

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Spartans, Huskers battle shapes up

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

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

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?

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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Monday links: Can OSU get to Nos. 1 or 2 in BCS?

Another week is in the books. And, Ohio State’s prospects for reaching the BCS title game look better. Let’s begin daily links right there. It wasn’t a shock to see Ohio State ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings after Oregon lost to Stanford. But the biggest question: Can the Buckeyes get to Nos. 1 or 2?

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Friday links: What does Oregon's loss mean for OSU?

It’s Football Friday. And, that’s always a good thing–except if you’re Oregon. Let’s start today’s links with opining about what the Ducks’ loss and Baylor’s win last night mean for Ohio State’s BCS title game hopes. Some interesting thoughts here.

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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?

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?

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?

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?

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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Web links: Another 'little brother' jab, tweets & more

I can’t wait to get to East Lansing for the Michigan-Michigan State game. I have been to the rivalry game before. But this year’s meeting appears to be a bit juicer than normal. Maybe it’s just me. Still, it sounds like the Michigan State game is personal for Michigan running back Fitz Toussaint.

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Tuesday links: Gophers rolling, Wolverines fiesty

Happy Tuesday! No doubt, the coaching offices at Minnesota still have to be filled with giddy Gophers assistants after that big win vs. Nebraska. Minnesota could get a lift in recruiting from the headline-making triumph on Saturday. Sure! It was a national story, and just the pick-me-up this program needed.

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Monday links: It's Michigan-Michigan State week!

It’s Michigan State-Michigan week. And that’s a good thing. This heated rivalry is among the best in the nation. Each team looks like it may be headed in opposite directions. No doubt, a victory by the Spartans would greatly enhance their status as Legends Division front-runners. And, Mark Dantonio knows all about beating the Wolverines.

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Friday links: Football rolls on & hoops rolls in

Thanks goodness it’s Friday. Or, in my household, it’s called “Football Eve.” Pretty nice, huh? Let’s start daily links with this way-cool look at Big Ten teams and TV. Can you tell much about a program by the TV time slots it draws? It’s something Dan Hoppen of HuskersOnline.com looked at. Hoppen went back and tracked the starting times and TV networks for Nebraska games since the program joined the Big Ten in 2011 through this past weekend.

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Thursday links: Read these quick B1G headlines

Here is a good place to start daily links on this chilly Thursday in late October. Interesting piece from the great Tom Shatel: If Nebraska has the Big Ten blahs, it has only itself to blame. It seems some Huskers fans aren’t enamored with their new home. But, Shatel has some interesting insights: The inability to move up the rankings, or flag down the Associated Press voters? That’s on Nebraska’s inability to show well in a big game — most notably UCLA — not the mediocrity that is Big Ten football.

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Wednesday's links: Is it time to get off Greg Davis' back?

Happy Hump Day! You can see Saturday from here, which is a beautiful thing. Let’s begin Wednesday’s links with this little piece from Rick Brown of HawkCentral.com, who has something he wants to say to critics of Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis: Get off his back!

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Tuesday links: Is MSU defense a 'paper tiger?'

Here is an interesting place to start today’s daily links. The great Mike Griffith of Mlive.com has five alarming things we don’t know about this Michigan State team. Griffith’s most revealing item: Is the Michigan State defense a paper tiger? Interesting.

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Monday links: Dantonio thought about QB move

The Michigan State offense didn’t look good in a 14-0 win vs. Purdue, scoring just one touchdown. Turns out, Mark Dantonio gave a “little bit of thought” to changing quarterbacks. Oh, boy. I thought he’d be beyond this. Guess not.

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Friday links: Meyer hands out OSU report card

Happy Football Friday! Let’s not waste any time, OK? Let’s dig right into some of the Big Ten news that’s making ripples from Lincoln to State College—and all points in between. This caught my attention: Urban Meyer offers a midterm report card for his 6-0 team. There obviously are many areas that get good marks. The areas of concern?

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Thursday links: Hoops recruits & football news

Yes, football season is starting to really heat up as we enter the second half of the season. But, let’s start with some hoops on this Thursday. I thought you’d enjoy this excellent breakdown of the incoming recruiting classes for each school done by Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Web links: Michigan fallout, Iowa factoids & tweets

It’s Wednesday, Hump Day. And, it seems Michigan Nation is still aflame over the loss at Penn State. The analysis and problem-solving boils. Brady Hoke said it. We all know it: Devin Gardner can’t carry the ball 27 times a game. Gardner actually ran it 24 times at Penn State. And when he ran it, Michigan had some success. When he didn’t run, the offense—well, it stunk. So, that’s the conundrum.

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Tuesday links: Will Michigan get ground game on track?

The Michigan loss at Penn State has many taking a long, hard look at the Wolverine team. Where exactly is it headed? Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com brings it hard in this story. He says Michigan isn’t tough enough to play the brand of power football that it wants to.

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