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Big Ten links: How would this 68-team football playoff shake out?

What if college football had a 68-team tourney like basketball? Ah, it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Well, Athlon Sports has put together a bracket if we all lived in Fantasy Land. I don’t need a full-blown fantasy 68-team tourney. Still, Look at what the four-team playoff has done to drive weekly debate. Have a look at one publication's projections, the catch up on the rest today's news from around the Big Ten.

How successors to legendary Big Ten coaches have fared

After flirting with retirement in the offseason, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan made it official tonight: He’s retiring with long-time assistant Greg Gard taking over as interim head coach. [ MORE: Top Twitter reactions to Bo Ryan’s retirement announcement ] “After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position here at Wisconsin,” Ryan said in a statement. “This was a decision months in the making. I brought this up to Barry back in April. He advised me

Photos: Take a look at Big Ten football uniforms debuted in 2015

The Big Ten introduced/reintroduced several alternate uniform designs during the 2015 football season. [ MORE: 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Several of the designs were of the new-school variety (Indiana helmets, Minnesota going all gray or Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State going all-black), while others were nods to history (Northwestern’s Rose Bowl throwback and Michigan’s all-white road uniform). Here’s a look at my top 5 2015 Big Ten designs (Yes, I’m a

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Illinois' 2015 season

Illinois’ season took a bizarre twist before the first kickoff, as Tim Beckman was fired a week before the opener amid allegations he had mistreated players. The school quickly turned to sage offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, who did a good job keeping the program on track. Alas, he was unable to get the Fighting Illini back to a bowl game after making it in 2014. There were issues on both sides of the ball. The offense struggled to run the ball, ranking last in the Big Ten in rushing (129.3 ypg) with only 13 TDs on the ground. That short-circuited

Video: Watch Saturday's top Big Ten men's basketball highlights

No football, no problem. The first Saturday sans Big Ten football features 11 Big Ten men’s basketball teams in action. Earlier on BTN, Penn State held off Louisiana-Monroe in its return to Rec Hall, No. 6 Maryland cruised past Maryland Eastern Shore, and Indiana topped McNeese State. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Ohio State lost to Connecticut, Michigan cruised by Delaware State, Wisconsin came up short against Marquette, Illinois got by UIC, Purdue beat Youngstown State, Rutgers fell to George Washington, and Michigan State remained unbeaten with a win over Florida. Catch up on all of today’s action

NCAA Volleyball Tournament: Huskers, Gophers advance

Here’s a look at Friday night’s action in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament: Nebraska swept BYU 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-23) and Minnesota topped Illinois 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-17). Wisconsin fell to Florida, Ohio State lost to Washington, and Hawaii knocked off Penn State. On Saturday, Minnesota faces Hawaii and Nebraska faces Washington. The winners advance to the Final Four. Track the entire NCAA Women’s Volleyball action by using the NCAA.com scoreboard. The fourth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team moved within one win of Omaha by sweeping 13th-seeded BYU, 26-24, 25-17, 25-23. The Huskers improved to 29-4 with the win and advanced to a regional final for the

Best highlights from Wednesday's Big Ten men's basketball games

It was a great night of Big Ten basketball as the conference went 4-2 in six games on Wednesday. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Wednesday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] There were two games featured on BTN Wednesday night. Michigan State kicked off the action with a 78-35 win over Maryland Eastern Shore, while Wisconsin followed with a 68-67 loss to Milwaukee. In other Big Ten men’s basketball action: Indiana cruised by IPFW, 90-65, Purdue ran past Howard, 93-55, Illinois topped Yale, 69-65, and Nebraska fell to Creighton, 83-67. With two games on BTN and another

FOXSports.com's Clay Travis: 'SEC is still king of college football'

Let’s talk facts, OK? [ MORE: Full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls, 1-40 | Big Ten bowl bags | Big Ten bowl factoids | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The Big Ten is home to the reigning national champ (Ohio State). The SEC hasn’t won the the national crown since 2012, this after its unbelievable run of dominance at the end of the BCS era. The Big Ten has one team (Michigan State) in the second annual College Football Playoff. The SEC also has one (Alabama). The Big Ten went 2-2

Three Takes: Jess Settles on Sulaimon, transfers & Michigan

In this week’s “Three Takes,” I offer some insight on Maryland guard Rasheed Sulaimon, the Big Ten’s number of impact transfers and Michigan’s familiar struggles. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Big Ten weekly honors | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Big Ten scoreboard | Polls ] Rasheed Sulaimon’s instant impact Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon has had a great relationship with Rasheed Sulaimon and his family for years. If it wasn’t for the power of the Duke brand, the McDonald’s All-American would’ve probably committed to Turgeon and Texas A&M in high school.