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  1. What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 2

    Brian Bennett

    The Big Ten went 8-5 in Week 2, and we learned some things in the process. Brace yourself; this won't be pretty. 1. The Midwest misery index is at an all-time high: Don't completely count out the Big Ten from the College Football Playoff; we're a ...

    Blog | September 07, 2014
  2. A B1G fight against perception problems

    Brian Bennett

    If the College Football Playoff had been in place for the 2006 season, there's very little doubt that two Big Ten teams -- Ohio State and Michigan -- would have reached the four-team field. The conference, which finished the year with three Top 10 te...

    Blog | August 13, 2014
  3. Tough slates tougher on some B1G teams

    Brian Bennett

    The move toward stronger nonconference schedules by the Big Ten and other leagues is already yielding benefits for fans. As teams gear up to impress the College Football Playoff selection committee, several high-profile intersectional future matchups...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  4. Playoff should see Midwest as Super, too

    Brian Bennett

    Here's a crazy notion: the biggest game in football being played not in some tropical locale but smack dab in the Midwest. It's true. The NFL on Tuesday awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis and its forthcoming new stadium. Minneapolis was on...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  5. Playoff a year too late for Buckeyes?

    Brian Bennett

    If only the College Football Playoff began this year, we could read a story like this on Dec. 8: IRVING, Texas -- The first-ever College Football Playoff will feature Alabama, Oregon, Clemson and Ohio State. Speaking on behalf of the playoff se...

    Blog | October 10, 2013
  6. Barry Alvarez to serve on playoff committee

    Brian Bennett

    Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is one of several people who have been chosen to serve on the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014, ESPN's Brett McMurphy is reporting. CBSSports.com reported earlier that Alvarez would serve ...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  7. Odds are against teams going undefeated, but does it matter anymo...

    Brian Bennett

    Five of the last seven BCS champs have had at least one loss, and a playoff makes going undefeated even tougher.

    Story | Conversation | August 14, 2013
  8. B1G submits 'dozens' for playoff committee

    Brian Bennett

    Each of the major conferences have been asked to nominate people for the new College Football Playoff committee. The list from the Big Ten was both lengthy and diverse. Commissioner Jim Delany told ESPN.com on Friday that the league submitted "doz...

    Blog | June 14, 2013
  9. Playoff committee seat a demanding task

    Brian Bennett

    As we get closer to the dawn of the College Football Playoff, conferences are submitting names of potential selection committee members this spring. The more we learn about the committee, the more the question shifts from who from the Big Ten should ...

    Blog | May 30, 2013
  10. Hope springs in the Big Ten

    Brian Bennett

    We're less than 100 days away from the kickoff of the 2013 season. Hooray. Want another reason to celebrate? There's just one more season to go before the BCS officially dies and we get a new, four-team college football playoff. As the BCS era -- ...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  11. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    In honor of "College Football Playoff," I'm calling this intro line "Lunchtime Links Intro Line." Two Iowa defensive backs left the team. Kirk Ferentz says the proposed Big Ten realignment "makes perfect sense." Iowa approved a conflict-of-intere...

    Blog | April 24, 2013
  12. What a playoff means for the Big Ten

    Brian Bennett

    A four-team college football playoff is now a reality. So what does it mean for the Big Ten? There are two things you can likely count on: better access to playing for a national championship and diminished importance for the Rose Bowl. Is that a ...

    Blog | June 27, 2012
  13. B1G won't stop playoff it doesn't really want

    Brian Bennett

    The Big Ten wants you to know that it doesn't really have a burning desire to participate in a college football playoff, but it will begrudgingly go along with the masses. And all that saber-rattling about conference champions vs. the four "best" tea...

    Blog | June 04, 2012
  14. Jim Delany is second-highest paid commish

    Brian Bennett

    Jim Delany may or may not get everything he wants in a new college football playoff system, but it's still good to be the Big Ten commissioner. According to USA Today, Delany was the second highest-paid conference commissioner in 2010, the year fo...

    Blog | May 23, 2012
  15. Big Ten lunchtime links

    Brian Bennett

    Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets. The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Bachman argues the Big Ten and Pac-12 should secede from the college football playoff and just stick with the Rose Bowl. Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't exactly endorse...

    Blog | May 11, 2012
  16. Your take: College football playoff

    Brian Bennett

    Last week, I asked for your best plan for a college football playoff. You responded with some excellent ideas. Most seem to believe an eight-team playoff is the way to go, though some are in favor of 12 teams. NCAA president Mark Emmert does not have...

    Blog | March 13, 2012