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Big Ten bowl lineup is thin; Gophers 5th qualifier

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Penn State quarterback Matthew McGloin walks off the field Saturday following the game against Nebraska in Lincoln. Nebraska won 32-23.

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The turnaround at Minnesota has passed a significant milestone. The Gophers are going to a bowl game. Here's the most remarkable part about the Gophers, though: They became only the fifth Big Ten team to qualify for the 2012 postseason, and it's mid-November. Good for them, landing an opportunity to play in Arizona or Texas, but it's another bad sign of the conference's national standing.
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