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Tuesday links: Could football playoff go to 8 teams?

Heisman Trophy

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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No. 23 Iowa pummels Fairleigh Dickinson, 92-59

Jarrod Uthoff

Fairleigh Dickinson at Iowa - Men's Basketball Highlights

(AP) With an early start time, a late-arriving crowd and a huge rivalry game to look ahead to, No. 23 Iowa could have easily overlooked heavy underdog Fairleigh Dickinson. The Hawkeyes still had more than enough energy to put aside the Knights.

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Bardo: There's a new No. 1 in my Power Rankings

Sam Dekker

Marquette at Wisconsin - Men's Basketball Wrap-Up

Who’s the best team in the Big Ten? The latest polls say it’s Ohio State. Barely, though. The top of the Big Ten is loaded, to the point where the No. 1 team could be up for debate on a weekly basis. This week, I have undefeated and tested Wisconsin atop my latest Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.

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Dienhart: My 2013 All-Freshman Football Team

Christian Hackenberg

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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Video: 'Film Session' with Michigan State's Harlon Barnett

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Harlon Barnett Film Session

What makes Michigan State’s stingy defense, well, so stingy? The unit is strong and talented at all three levels, to be sure, but BTN analyst Howard Griffith feels there’s no more important group than secondary coach Harlon Barnett’s defensive backs. Or, as Griffith calls them, the “unsung heroes” of the Michigan State defense. Watch Griffith’s “Film Session” with Barnett in this post.

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