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Weekly Links from TCR

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Football:

Ohio State-Illinois 2014 advanced stats review: Domination - Land-Grant Holy Land
The Buckeyes rolled the Illini in a huge win, but what can we take away going in to Michigan State week? Are there any big areas for improvement?

3 things we learned from the updated College Football Playoff rankings - SBNation
The picture is taking shape, but don't get too comfortable, with a monster Saturday peering over the horizon.

Basketball:

2014-15 College Hoops Blowout - Scout
Is Illinois a dark-horse for the Final Four? Scout seems to think so.

2014-2015 Illinois Preview: The Guards - BT Powerhouse
Illinois will be without last years starting point guard Tracy Abrams. Who will start in his place, and will Illinois be able to find a consistent scoring threat.

Prairie Capital Convention Center to Host Illini in November 2015 - Illinois Athletics
The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield to host five Fighting Illini men's basketball games in November 2015.

Indiana is a mess, both on and off the court - SBNation
Tom Crean is under fire in Bloomington this week, but his defenders would likely be much larger in number had he taken advantage of his situation two seasons ago.

Other:

Tony the Tiger is very bad at tweeting about sports - SBNation
For over a year now, a giant fictional cartoon tiger has been tweeting terrible, bland, generic jokes about sports.

Joe Maddon Introduced As Cubs' Next Manager - Bleed Cubbie Blue
Weeeeeeee!!!!!!

A Streetcar Named Basketball: New Orleans Professional Hoops - SBNation
New Orleans has a cursed pro hoops history, but finally the region has a team on the right track.