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Tuesday links: Could football playoff go to 8 teams?

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. Perfect. *** The Heisman Trophy winner will be unveiled on Saturday night in New York. And the six Heisman finalists

Dienhart: My 2013 All-Freshman Football Team

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. It was a strong year for tight ends, the most difficult spot to pick. Among the promising youngsters are Minnesota’s Maxx Williams, Michigan’s Jake Butt, Penn State’s Adam Breneman, Michigan State’s Josiah Price and Nebraska’s Cethan Carter. In addition to Hackenberg, the Big Ten has good youngsters under center in Purdue’s Danny Etling and Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong, Jr. And

Video: Big Ten football images of the year

What a year for Big Ten football teams. There were plenty of ups and downs to go around. Now have a look at this slick video from our Big Ten Football Championship Pregame Show. It captures the football images of the year across the Big Ten Conference. Big Ten Conference Standings Leaders Conference Overall vs W-L PF PA Home Road W-L PF PA Home Road Top 25 x-Ohio State 8-0 368 182 4-0 4-0 12-0 578 243 7-0 5-0 2-0 Wisconsin 6-2 279 129 3-1 3-1 9-3 429 178 6-1 3-2 1-1 Penn State 4-4 211 256 3-1 1-3 7-5

Should Big Ten champ make BCS title game?

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s #BTNLive show, our experts discuss this question: Should Saturday’s Big Ten Football Championship Game winner go to the BCS Championship Game? Two answers: #B1GYes or #B1GNo Select your choice below and tweet out your vote. We’ll be tabulating the hashtag totals all day and throughout the show.

BTN LiveBIG: Jeff Budzien making a special impact

On the football field, Northwestern senior kicker Jeff Budzien’s collegiate career will be remembered for its consistency. He is now the university’s all-time scoring leader, and on Monday he was named the 2013 Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year. Off the field, though, his humility and service will be remembered by many more fans. During his time in Evanston, Ill., Budzien has been an integral part of Northwestern’s Special Olympics Committee. He has served on the executive board of the committee and coached, a role that makes him feel closest to the children. “It made me work harder,” he said. “I would

Check out the 2013 All-Big Ten football teams

The 2013 All-Big Ten Football Teams were announced Monday night on BTN. Dave Revsine hosted the 60-minute special that included analysis from Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. See both of the teams in this post. Earlier Monday, BTN.com released its 2013 All-Big Ten teams. [ MORE: See 2013 Big Ten individual award winners ] 2013 ALL-BIG TEN TEAM (COACHES) FIRST TEAM OFFENSE SECOND TEAM Braxton Miller, Ohio State Quarterback Connor Cook, Michigan State Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska Running Back Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin Carlos Hyde, Ohio State Running Back James White, Wisconsin Allen Robinson, Penn State Receiver Jeremy Gallon, Michigan Jared Abbrederis,

BTN.com's 2013 All-Big Ten Football Teams

BTN/BTN2Go announced the 2013 All-Big Ten Football Teams Monday night on “BTN Football Report: All-Conference Selection Show.” Before the teams became official, the BTN.com panel offered its All-Big Ten selections. [ MORE: Dienhart: Ohio State deserving of No. 2 BCS ranking ] TOM DIENHART (@BTNTomDienhart) OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Braxton Miller, Ohio State DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State COACH OF THE YEAR: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State 1ST TEAM OFFENSE: QB: Braxton Miller, Ohio State; RB: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State; RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska; WR: Allen Robinson, Penn

Power Rankings: Ohio State starts No. 1, ends No. 1

My final Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, remain relatively unchanged after the final week of regular-season action. There are some potential debates. Like, should Minnesota be ahead of Nebraska? Still, there is no arguing about who the top two teams are. [ MORE: Ohio State-Michigan was a “classic” | Ohio State a double winner Saturday ] POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY 1. Ohio State (12-0, 8-0). The Buckeyes didn’t score any style points, but they won a thriller with Michigan to finish 12-0 and push their winning streak to 24-0. The offense is tremendous. Few teams in the nation are playing

How did we do? Week 14 Big Ten picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to the Big Ten title game, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 14 Big Ten predictions. Big Ten fans led the way, at 5-1, to move into a first-place tie atop the season standings. Nice work, fans! See all the Week 14 results and latest standings in this post. [ MORE: Week 14 scoreboard | Week 14 grades, stocks | Power Rankings ] Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) Season record: 80-16 Week 14 record: 4-2 Picks: Nebraska 27, Iowa 17; Michigan State 34, Minnesota 10; Ohio State

Twitter: Get DiNardo's Week 14 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s Week 14 thoughts in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo. [ MORE: Power Rankings | What did Dienhart learn in Week 14? | Dienhart’s honors, grades & more ] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #Illinois Significant progress from last year shown from game 1 to 12. Same jump next year would be impressive. — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) December 1, 2013 INDIANA Sunday Ruminations #Hoosiers Excellent progress for KW in 3yrs Two more steps – extend KW contract and