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Tuesday links: Could football playoff go to 8 teams?

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Jim Miller Talks with "#BTNLive"

This is the last year for the BCS. Thank, goodness. A four-team playoff starts in 2014. But how soon will it give way to an eight-team playoff? David Jones of Pennlive.com thinks after the new 13-person College Football Playoff committee endures a couple of seasons trying to pick four participants, we’ll see another adjustment. Jones’ model makes sense: five major-conference champions, one mandated rep from among the six minor conferences and then two at-large berths will compose an 8-team tournament.

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Dienhart: My 2013 All-Freshman Football Team

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2013 Freshman of the Year: Christian Hackenberg

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was Big Ten Freshman of the Year last week. And, he’s the headliner on the 2013 BTN.com All-Freshman Team. Led by Hackenberg, Penn State has five players on the squad, pacing all schools. Nebraska has four.

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Audio: Listen to your Big Ten coach's teleconference

On Monday, the 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches joined the Big Ten teleconference to discuss non-conference action and look ahead to conference play, which tips off on New Year’s Eve. We’ve posted the audio for each coach on the call here, and will do so again when weekly calls begin in January.

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Video: See who our expert picks to win wrestling crowns

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Predicting the Big Ten Wrestling Champions

The Big Ten wrestling season is just a month old, but BTN analyst Jim Gibbons already is looking forward to the Big Ten Championships. We had Gibbons recently look into his crystal ball and offer his picks to win each and every weight class at the Big Ten Championships, held March 8-9 in Madison. Watch Gibbons’ early championship picks in this post.

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Minnesota to debut new helmet in Texas Bowl

Minnesota announced Monday that it will wear a new white alternate helmet in the Texas Bowl vs. Syracuse. The helmet features a maroon facemask and stripe down the middle, and has the Minnesota “M” logo on the right side and player numbers on the left side. See the helmet in this post.

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View 2013-14 Big Ten bowl matchups

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Kirk Ferentz Interview - Bowl Selection Show

The 2013-14 bowl schedule was announced Sunday night, and the Big Ten received two BCS bowl berths. Big Ten champion Michigan State is headed to the Rose Bowl to play Stanford, while Leaders Division champion Ohio State is off to the Orange Bowl to take on Clemson. Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin also received bowl bids. See the Big Ten’s full bowl slate in this post.

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