"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
12th game looking closer to reality
It's coming. Permanent 12 game schedules. So remember that anyone opposed to a playoff who votes for this is a big hypocrite.
(My playoff scenario--everyone's got one--remove the Big East as an auto-qualifier, let one non-BCS team in every year, play the four bowls according to conference affiliations, and then play one extra game a week later at the Rose Bowl between two of the four winners, determined by a committee. Not really a playoff. Strikes a balance between tradition and moving forward.)
The Big Ten could hypothetically go to a fully round-robin schedule with the 12th game. That would allow teams a single warmup against a cupcake, a real non-con game, and then a full Big Ten slate. I think I'd rather see that than see UM play 3 MAC teams and ND every year. Doubt it will happen, though.