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Friday links: Gardner's test, MSU QBs & more

Happy Friday! Let’s all meet at Cha Chi’s after work for some potato zingers! OK, let’s not. But let’s at least take this time to discuss some Big Ten headlines, OK? If Michigan is going to beat Notre Dame, QB Devin Gardner has to have a good game. That mean he has to avoid the picks, of which he had two last week … vs. a directional school.

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Thursday links: Big Ten headlines & notes

It’s good to be Pat Fitzgerald. He’s a hot, young coach whose program is on the rise as it’s ranked in 2013 coming off a 10-win season and the school’s first bowl victory since the 1948 season. If he was a stock, he’d have a “buy” rating. Now, he’s a whole lot richer, too.

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Links: Michigan-ND talk, Abdullah speech & more

Happy Wednesday! What’s that mean? Not Hump Day. Hope. It means we are one day closer to Saturday. And that’s a beautiful thing. And, looky here: It seems Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is in full spin mode about this ND-Michigan rivalry stuff. Now, Kelly is open to renewing the school’s rivalry with Michigan, but commitments to play five ACC teams a year is an obstacle.

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Tuesday's links: Michigan-ND rivalry, Illini's slate & more

The back and forth between Michigan coach Brady Hoke and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is great. To review, Kelly recently said Michigan isn’t a “historic, traditional” rival for the Irish. Hoke disagrees. I do, too.

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Monday's links: Spartans QB, Sam Ficken & tweets

Bob Flounders of PennLive.com has his report card on the Nittany Lions’ season-opening win over Syracuse. There was a lot to like. If this team can stay healthy… And the Nits received some key contributions from some unlikely sources.

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Friday links: QB drama, big wins & top tweets

Be sure to tune in tonight for the next installment of “How The Quarterback Turns” at Michigan State, which opens vs. Western Michigan. Andrew Maxwell will start, but Connor Cook will play. And Cook wants to show he’s the guy. Heck—who knows?–all four Spartans quarterbacks may see action, along with a few guys from the stands.

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Thursday links: Hey look! More scoreboard replays!

The Big Ten season is here! The Big Ten season is here! Indiana State plays at Indiana, while UNLV is at Minnesota. But first, this: The Big Ten will allow an unlimited number of replays to be shown on video boards in football stadiums this fall. Smart move. Attendance is a concern at many stadiums, as the in-home football experience is difficult to beat, what with HD TVs, mini fridges, clean and convenient restrooms and such. Other changes proposed by the Big Ten are to have wireless in stadiums and exclusive content on video boards.This all is a good start. Now, about those games that start at 8 p.m. local time…

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Web links: QB battles, Ferentz's optimism & tweets

Indiana is one of two Big Ten teams that opens the season on Thursday (Minnesota is the other). And, it could be a big season in Bloomington. How big?  Well, it’s bowl game or bust for Indiana—so says, Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz.

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Tuesday links: Who has Huskers going 11-1?

Happy Tuesday, America! We are just 48 hours from kickoff! Until then, keep stretching and make sure your fridge is full. Oh, and read this stuff. When Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald types, I read. And he has seven reasons why Nebraska will have a magnificent season.

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Monday links: Teams prep as Game Week arrives

Game week is here! Hallelujah! On Thursday night, Indiana (Indiana State) and Minnesota (UNLV) kick off the Big Ten season. Depth charts are firming up as position battles come into focus. The chase for the Big Ten championship will commence! At Michigan, five key spots have been decided—almost–as the Wolverines chug toward their opener on Saturday. True freshman Shane Morris will be the backup quarterback.

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Friday's links: Kill feature, more QB talk & tweets

Here is a good way to begin your Friday. Check out this terrific story by Rick Reilly of ESPN.com on Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, who has turned his public seizure into a teaching moment for others.

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Web links: Badgers QB battle, coaching wizardry & tweets

It looks like we may be getting a bit more clarity in the Wisconsin quarterback derby, with Joel Stave perhaps gaining an edge on Curt Phillips. At least that’s what Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel thinks.

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Web links: Another U-M injury, Alvarez vs. Bielema & more

Tough start to a Wednesday in Ann Arbor: Highly touted WR Amara Darboh recently injured a foot that will require surgery and will force him to miss the entire season. This is a tough blow, as Darboh looked to be a rising star as a big-bodied receiver cut from the mold as former Michigan greats.

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Web links: Spartans QB race, U-M pass rush & tweets

Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio says he now has a four-man quarterback race, with true freshman Damion Terry coming on following a strong showing in a scrimmage.

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Web links: Possible Gopher upsets, Beck's future & more

Big doings this weekend. The AP poll came out, with Ohio State pacing five Big Ten teams and ranking No. 2. Here is a good side-by-side comparison between the Coaches and AP polls. And Purdue tabbed Rob Henry as starting quarterback, leaving Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan State and Penn State yet to name a starter. Here’s what else is going on, as camps march on across Big Ten territory.

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Friday's links: Abdullah's message to young RBs & more

The storylines continue to percolate in training camps across the Big Ten as we inch closer to the start of the season. But, heck, I’m gonna race right past the opening kickoff and on to the Big Ten title game. The great David Jones of PennLive.com ponders the possibility of Northwestern playing Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Hey, it could happen.

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Thursday's links: Iowa checklist, NU gauntlet & tweets

Pat Harty of HawkCentral.com has 10 things that need to happen for Iowa to avoid another losing season. Hmmm. This should be good.

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Wednesday's links: Who are top 100 seniors in nation?

We offer a quick break from the regular training camp content to bring you NFL.com’s Gil Brandt’s list of top 100 seniors in the nation. Take a gander.

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Tuesday's links: 'Sky is the limit' for Spartan offense?

The BTN tour has made six stops already, with one being at Michigan State. Here is a nice photo gallery of Spartans fall camp from MLive.com. This is an impressive looking team that may be getting overlooked.

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Monday's links: Huskers, building boom & more

Training camps continue across the Big Ten. And few are as important as the one going on at Nebraska. The great Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald has identified the major talking points for the coming season.

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Friday's web links: Badgers & Tigers at Lambeau?

Minnesota’s coaches hope the defense is dominant this fall. No doubt, but that rarely has happened in my lifetime. But, this unit has a chance to be decent, as the line and secondary look promising. The key? The development of the linebackers.

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Thursday's links: A whole lot of Big Ten quarterback talk

There are a lot of questions facing Purdue in its first season under Darrell Hazell. One of the biggest is at quarterback. Well, it looks like Rob Henry is slowly emerging as the No. 1 quarterback at Purdue over true freshman Danny Etling and redshirt freshman Austin Appleby.

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B1G web links: You see what Badgers coaches did?

This is pretty cool: Wisconsin coaches voiced over videos to help players learn during the summer, when coaches can’t coach players.

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Tuesday's links: Replacing Le'Veon, Huskers' D & more

Training camps are buzzing across the Big Ten. Where to begin? How about East Lansing? One of the biggest issues facing Michigan State in its camp is the search for a running back with Le’Veon Bell gone a year early. (Was there a bigger loss for any Big Ten team?) Co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner shares his early impressions of the freshmen backs here.

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Monday's links: All the latest from Big Ten camps

Camps are open around the Big Ten as the 2013 season approaches fast, so there is a lot going on from Lincoln to State College. Let’s start at Michigan with a look at five position battles to watch in camp.

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