The Capital One bowl came out and said the story is false. There was no pressure from the Big Ten for them to pick NE over NW. They chose NE because they deserved the spot, having the better record and winning head to head.
Somewhat lost in the rubble of expansion the last few days is the fact that it's Beat Michigan Week. They conveniently have a petition on the White House website requesting permission to secede from the USA. You don't need to be a Buckeye to understand the importance of this.
Fuck Michigan. Help them secede!