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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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Monday links: Where do Wildcats go from here?

So much happened on Saturday. Where do we start with daily links? How about here, with a look at a Northwestern season that began with such promise but now is filled with questions after two losses in a row. That’s what happens when you play back-to-back games vs. arguably the Big Ten’s best teams–and not Illinois and Purdue, like Nebraska. Still, the Wildcat defeat at Wisconsin was particularly disturbing.

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Friday links: Rodriguez slams NCAA violations

I know, I know … Michigan fans would just as soon put the Rich Rodriguez era in their rear-view mirror. In a word, it was “disastrous.” But Wolverine fans and others may find this interesting on an otherwise slow “Football Friday” as Michigan prepares to play Bill O’Brien and Penn State on Saturday.  It seems Rodriguez thinks the NCAA violations incurred under his watch in A-squared were, shall we say, a little smelly.

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Thursday links: What's up with the Big Ten QB play?

Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald has watched a lot of Big Ten football so far this season. He also has watched a lot of football during his illustrious career as a writer. And he has come to this conclusion: The quarterback play in the Big Ten in 2013 has been disappointing so far. I’m certainly not going to argue with him. In fact, the quarterback play in the Big Ten hasn’t been that good for years.

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Web links: Penn State issues, Ohio State MVP & tweets

Happy Hump Day, America! There is a lot going on in the Big Ten as he turn the corner and head toward Saturday. Where to begin? How about right here with this pressing issue for Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison: To blitz, or not to blitz Penn State freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg. That’s the conundrum facing Mattison.

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Dienhart: There's talk of a football federation

This should get your attention on a Tuesday morning in early October. Interesting meetings going on at Big Ten headquarters, where league officials and conference athletic directors are discussing a possible football federation.

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Monday links: Kings' breakout, Kill's health & more

Ohio State sent a big message on Saturday with an impressive comeback win at Northwestern. Well, Michigan State also sent a message with its big victory at Iowa that was sparked by a resurgent offense. Here, I’ll let Spartan receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr., deliver the message for the Legends Division: “We’re coming at you.”

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Friday links: OSU No. 6 in Palm's BCS projections

Happy Friday, Big Ten Nation! It’s great to be alive on the eve of game day Saturday. And, isn’t it good not to be one of those officials who worked last nights’ Texas-Iowa State game? Let’s dig right into links. The great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com has his first BCS rankings out, and Ohio State fans won’t be happy. The Buckeyes are—gulp—No. 6.

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Thursday links: Gophers, Wolverines expect better

Michigan has a big game against Minnesota on Saturday. The Wolverines have had two weeks to prep, two weeks to tweak things and show the world those wins over Akron and UConn weren’t indicative of the type of team this is. One area tweaked: Offensive line. If Michigan had played a game on Wednesday, Brady Hoke says Graham Glasgow would have started at center and Chris Bryant at left guard.

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Web links: Mark's return, Rudock's future & tweets

It’s Hump Day! If you are into celebrating things like that, enjoy it. Me? I am celebrating the fact that we are one day closer to the Ohio State at Northwestern game. And that’s a good thing. More good news: It came out yesterday that the Wildcats will have the services of running back Venric Mark, who has missed most of this season with an injury.

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Tuesday links: Nebraska QB update, Jake Ryan & more

Another week, another round of quarterback uncertainty for Nebraska. Taylor Martinez missed the Huskers’ last game with a toe injury. They didn’t need him in an easy win over South Dakota State. Coming off a bye week, Martinez’s status is still balky for this Saturday’s visit from Illinois.

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Monday links: Hackenberg, others over Miller?

Good Monday morning, America! Grab your Big Gulp and something under the heat lamp on a roller. There’s a lot to get through today and this week.

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Friday links: Battle looms for Badgers, Buckeyes

Breathe in. Breathe out. Smell that? It’s football. Beautiful, isn’t it? We are one day closer to the big Wisconsin at Ohio State game. This game will have big implications on many fronts: the Leaders Division, the Big Ten race and the national title chase. Having gone to the last three Rose Bowls, the Badgers have what the Buckeyes want: Big Ten supremacy. Let’s start Friday’s links with this: Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wonders if the Badger defense has what it takes to slow the Buckeyes.

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Thursday links: On pay-for-play, QB games & more

Among the latest Big Ten headlines: This pay-for-play argument in college athletics won’t go away. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany discusses the issue here, and Delany makes many good points. I just don’t know where all of this is going. Part of me wants to see players get compensated—but I think the only players who should are ones in revenue-generating sports: football and men’s basketball.

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Web links: More Penn State, Braxton plan & tweets

It wasn’t long ago when many felt Penn State would be an afterthought for a decade after severe NCAA sanctions were handed down. Well, news that the NCAA was going to ease scholarship limitations initially in place as part of penalties for the Jerry Sandusky scandal means that notion already may be antiquated.

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Tuesday's links: Braxton's return, Kill's salary & more

Heeeeee’sssss baaaaccckkk! Ohio State superman Braxton Miller has been cleared to play Saturday vs. Wisconsin. If he practices well this week, he’ll start, says Urban Meyer. Miller’s timing is great, as Ohio State has a big game vs. Wisconsin on Saturday in Columbus. Miller has missed the last two-plus games with a MCL injury to his left knee. In fact, he’s played just one series in the last three games.

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Monday's links: Looking ahead to Badgers at Buckeyes

Let the hype begin on this week’s Wisconsin at Ohio State game! It’s a massive showdown in the Leaders Division. In fact, let’s go ahead and call it what it is, OK? A de facto Leaders Division championship game. That’s correct: The winner of this game almost assuredly will win the division and advance to the Big Ten title game to play who knows who?

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Friday links: New QB faces & a penny defense?

Happy Friday, Big Ten Nation! Game day almost is here. Don’t you love those words? Sure you do! Let’s start here with daily links. The last two seasons, Michigan has had issues with turnovers in its first road game. How bad has it been? Michigan has 16 turnovers in five recent road losses. Will those issues persist with this year’s maiden voyage away Ann Arbor, at UConn this Saturday?

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Thursday links: Is MSU's defense 'average?'

Game day is drawing near. Thank goodness, as the Big Ten needs to get back onto the field after last Saturday’s disappointing 7-5 mark. Michigan State has the headliner game, as it travels to Notre Dame with the nation’s No. 1 defense that coordinator Pat Narduzzi calls “average.” If the Spartans defense is average, I’d like to see good. But, Narduzzi may have a point. After all, the combined record of Michigan State’s first three opponents against FBS competition is 0-7.

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Web links: Hoke's advice for Gardner? Move forward

We all know Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner had a bad game vs. Akron. Brady Hoke’s advice: move forward. Well, that’s often easier said than done. I have to think Gardner has some self-doubt in his mind. And, the only way to get over it is to have some turnover-free games—starting with Saturday’s visit to UConn.

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Tuesday's links: More Bo Pelini, Jerry Kill reaction & tweets

Pelini-gate is sweeping the nation, as a secret recording of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini surfaced yesterday. And, it wasn’t flattering to the Cornhusker boss. In addition to crude language, Pelini is heard disparaging Nebraska fans. The reactions have been interesting.

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Monday's links: More Kenny G love, Kill's future & more

Got a case of Mondays? Well, a quick spin through my daily links may cure what ails you. Then again, maybe not. But, heck, why not give it a try? If it doesn’t work, you can always get back to doing your TPS reports.

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Thursday links: The latest on Braxton Miller

Another day, another update on the Ohio State quarterback situation. Now, Urban Meyer says Kenny Guiton could start at Cal. Braxton Miller? Looks like it will be a game-time decision on if he starts. Honestly, the Buckeyes should be able to beat Cal without Miller.

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Web links: Can Big Ten flip script on Pac-12 this week?

This week’s schedule features four games vs. Pac-12 teams: UCLA at Nebraska; Ohio State at Cal; Wisconsin at Arizona State; Illinois vs. Washington at Chicago. But recent history tells us the Pac-12 should win these games.

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