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

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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.

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Foster Farms Bowl preview: Nebraska vs. UCLA

Nov 7, 2015; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle Vincent Valentine (98) celebrates as the clock runs down against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium. The Cornhuskers won 39-38. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Michigan State-Nebraska highlight

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To call Mike Riley’s debut in Lincoln “bumpy” would be an understatement. His trial run was filled the agony of several close, crushing defeats. There was a loss vs. BYU on a Hail Mary … there was an overtime setback at Miami (Fla.) that squandered a gutty comeback … and on it went in a season noteworthy for its soul-ripping losses that ended 5-7.

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Dienhart: My player on the spot in every Big Ten bowl game

Nov 21, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Justin Jackson (21) dives for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jackson finds the end zone at Wisconsin

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The Big Ten has 10 bowl teams, headlined by Michigan State’s trip to the playoffs to take on Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. And each team has one guy, one solitary figure who most likely needs to have a big game if his team wants to win.

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