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Big Ten morning links

1. The 2014 college football season is over. Quick! On to the next! The first round of predictions for futures near and distant hit the Internet while AT&T Stadium’s cleaning crew was still sweeping confetti Monday night. Ohio State is a 9-2 favorite to hoist the trophy again next season according to Las Vegas, but didn’t make the top of the list on ESPN’s early Top 25. Four Big Ten teams made it on that list as well as USA Today’s rankings. Only the Buckeyes and Spartans made Fox’s list. These numbers serve little purpose other than giving every non-Buckeye fan in the country something to talk about, but if the Big Ten finished with only two teams in the Top 25 a year from now that would be a step backward for the conference. Maybe perception hasn’t changed too dramatically during bowl season.

2. In a similar “What’s next?” spirit, it took far less than 24 hours for conversation to turn toward Ohio State’s next championship. Urban Meyer’s dynasty under construction was a popular topic Tuesday. So many things can go wrong to knock down a Goliath that it feels like an overreaction to break out that word after one title, but it’s really hard to imagine Meyer’s team not playing for more in the near future. In his last 10 seasons as a head coach, Meyer has either won a national championship or finished undefeated five times. Fifteen of his starters Monday night grew up in Ohio, which means there is plenty of capable local talent. And almost all of them will be back again next fall. Meyer said he wanted to let his players enjoy this one rather than talking about the future. If the noted workaholic can keep from burning out in the coming years, the future is glaringly bright in Columbus.

3. The championship trophy is officially in Big Ten country. Why not bring the whole game with it? A couple cities within the conference footprint are planning to make bids on future title games after watching Monday’s extravaganza. Indianapolis, a city apparently on a quest to host the title game of every major sport in the country, is mulling the idea of aiming for the game as early as 2018. Minneapolis is also leaning toward trying to bring the championship north. While a future championship game in the Midwest may make some Big Ten folks happy, consider this my vote to keep the season finale confined to points Pasadena and South.

A few more links to tales of Ohio State's historic night in Texas:

And now a look at what's going on elsewhere in the Big Ten: