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Red, White & Blue: Fun for your Fourth of July

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Iowa Fans Display Their "Cards"

We’re feeling a little patriotic here at BTN.com. Not only is Wednesday the Fourth of July, but 2012 is an election year. So as you’re probably decked out in your favorite Red, White and Blue ensemble, we thought it would be a good time to ask you to hit the voting booth early. Dive inside this post and cast your vote in our 12 polls for 2012. All are Big Ten-centric, of course. Vote away, and have a safe and enjoyable Fourth.

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The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

It was a busy week this past week, what with the 2012 NBA Draft and college football approving a four-team playoff. To no surprise, both topics are represented in our top 10 stories from last week. See the entire top 10 in this post.

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ESPN, Rose Bowl agree to 12-year extension

(AP) The Rose Bowl has agreed to a 12-year extension with ESPN that will keep the game on the network through 2026. ESPN President John Skipper, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and Rose Bowl officials announced the deal Thursday. Skipper called the Rose Bowl “one of sport’s most meaningful” events.

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CBSSports.com: What if there was playoff last 6 years?

CBSSports.com’s Matt Hinton is a playoff advocate, so he must have been thrilled with Tuesday’s news that a four-team playoff is official. If his latest work is any indication, he can’t wait for the 2014 field to be determined. Curiously wondering what the playoff would have looked like in recent years, Hinton recently scribed a post that includes the playoff bracket for each of the past six seasons.

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Delany, Hollis, others react to playoff reality

In case you missed it Tuesday night, a committee of university presidents approved a four-team college football playoff, which will debut in the 2014 season and run for 12 years. Get Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Michigan State AD Mark Hollis’ thoughts on the decision in this post, plus see relevant tweets from across the nation.

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