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Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as playoff push

The College Football Playoff has turned strength of schedule into a constant talking point, with each conference claiming its road to the postseason is most daunting. Hoping to set themselves apart when playoff selection time comes around, Big Ten teams plan to play at least one nonconference game against a Power Five opponent and eliminate FCS schools from their schedules starting in 2016 when the league goes to a nine-game conference slate. Commissioner Jim Delany touted the league's "1910" scheduling model on Friday at Big Ten media days: one Power Five nonconference game, nine conference games, one conference championship game, zero games outside Bowl Subdivision. The...

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