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3-point stance: Penalty on Buckeyes

December, 10, 2013
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1. I used to think that Miami had set the record for getting the least out of the most when the Hurricanes won 34 consecutive games in 2000-02 and won only one BCS title. But there’s a new candidate in our midst. Somehow, someway, Ohio State won 24 consecutive games without taking home a Big Ten championship, much less a crystal football. The NCAA penalties that suspended postseason play last season are to blame, of course. For anyone wondering if those penalties have any teeth, ask the Buckeyes.

2. Kliff Kingsbury did what? The first-year Texas Tech head coach, voting in the USA Today coaches’ poll, ranked Alabama No. 6. But Kingsbury’s only agenda appeared to be to honor conference champions. The five teams ahead of the Crimson Tide -- Florida State, Auburn, Baylor, Stanford, Michigan State -- raised trophies Saturday night. I don’t agree with it, but I get it.

3. Other curious votes: Two coaches ranked Michigan State No. 2 ahead of Auburn: West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen and, yes, the Spartans’ Mark Dantonio. … Stanford looked like the inkblot. Mike Leach of Washington State ranked the Cardinal No. 3, ahead of Alabama, while the Tide’s Nick Saban ranked the Pac-12 champ No. 9, behind four SEC teams. … Four coaches slipped their team in at No. 25 on their ballots: Dave Clawson of Bowling Green, Brian Kelly of Notre Dame, Jerry Kill of Minnesota and Bo Pelini of Nebraska.

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Happy birthday to me. I'll wish for ... a bunch of links. Here ya go:

  • Projected starting wideout Jeff Cumberland missed Illinois practice with a sore foot, Bob Asmussen writes in The [Champaign, Ill.] News-Gazette. Also, Asmussen takes a look at the defensive tackles, where Josh Brent looks to step into a starting spot after Sirod Williams' season-ending knee injury. Illinois is returning to its roots as a football school, Mark Tupper writes in the Decatur Herald & Review.
  • Indiana kicker Austin Starr fends off the one-and-done perception about the Hoosiers, Mike Lucas writes in The Capital Times. Here's a breakdown of Indiana's defense from The Indianapolis Star's Terry Hutchens.
  • Standout tight end Tony Moeaki is expected to rejoin the mix at Iowa this fall, Susan Harman writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. There's a report he's injured again, which will be clarified on Saturday at the open scrimmage.
  • Here's a look at Michigan Stadium's steel-clad facelift from Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press. The Wolverines go bowling next week to raise money for the paralyzed brother of offensive lineman Elliott Mealer, John Heuser writes in The Ann Arbor News.
  • Oklahoma transfer Keith Nichol could set up an interesting competition at quarterback with Kirk Cousins next year at Michigan State. Here's a look at Nichol's journey, courtesy of Andrew Mouranie in the Lansing State Journal. The Spartans are getting local for the 2010 recruiting class, Matt Dorsey writes in the Detroit Free Press. 
  • If you didn't know already, the Big Ten Network launches on Comcast today, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press. 
  • Former Minnesota star safety Dominic Jones, now serving jail time for sexual assault, will address the team next week, Dennis Brackin writes in the [Minneapolis] Star Tribune. Jones requested the chance to talk about his experience.
"I think it will be a very positive message, and I know that I'm looking forward to it,'' head coach Tim Brewster said. "The exciting thing for me is that it seems like he's really trying to make something positive out of this. You look at different situations and try to learn from them, because that's all you can do.''
Minnesota's defensive renaissance hinges on better line play, Marcus Fuller writes in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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