Since there's never a bad time to talk about college football.... This was on ESPN.com today: Paterno wants 12 teams in league NEW YORK -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno said Thursday night that he has pushed within the Big Ten conference to expand it to 12 teams as a method of leveling the playing field in college football. "We go into hiding for six weeks," Paterno said, referring to the hiatus between the end of the Big Ten regular season and the BCS bowls. The other major FBS conferences play into the first weekend of December. "Everybody else is playing playoffs on television," Paterno said. "You never see a Big Ten team mentioned. So I think that's a handicap. "I've tried to talk to the Big Ten people about, 'Let's get a 12th team -- Syracuse, Rutgers, Pitt -- we could have a little bit of a playoff.'" I would think ND would always be the first choice, but how about Iowa State? They were in the top 50 in football attendance in 2007, not far behind Minnesota. That would make a nice conference rivalry in Iowa and would allow for geographical balance (Minn, Wisc, Iowa, Iowa St, N'western, Illinois in the west; MSU, UM, IU, Purdue, Ohio St, Penn St in the east).