Yes, it's that time again. It's time for The Rivalry, Esq.'s weekly look at the bowl fates of our beloved Big Ten Squads. Recapping the Rules:
- These are projections. I am taking into account what will happen in future games, not assigning teams based upon current standings.
- The best teams don't always go to the best games. In the end, butts in the seat and eyes to the television are the biggest factors.
- The order of BCS selection is 1) Replacement for #1 Team; 2) Replacement for #2 Team; 3) Orange Bowl; 4) Fiesta Bowl; 5) Sugar Bowl.
- The Champs Bowl picks its Big Ten team ahead of the Alamo Bowl this year.
- For the full rules on BCS selections, look here.
This will be updated each week. Away we go...
- The Fiesta breaks rank and picks Notre Dame over a second Big 12 Team. This prevents the Sooners from making what would feel like their 10th trip to Arizona this decade.
- The Rose Bowl loves having Ohio State but hates having a rematch.
- No one wants the Big East Champ (again).
- Despite the Spartans having a better record by a game, Michigan State gets passed over by the Champs and Alamo for Michigan and Penn State. The Champs says they didn't think MSU wanted a third straight trip to Orlando. The Alamo just thinks that JoePa is sexier (butts in the seats; eyes to the sets).
- If Army doesn't win 6 games the Eagle Bank Bowl will select a Big Ten team. When the Motor City Bowl picks 7-5 Minnesota over 7-5 Northwestern, the 'Cats don't mind a trip to DC.
- Wisconsin's 6-6 record isn't good enough to get an at-large bowl bid. Consequently, the Badgers, like Indiana and Purdue, is relegated to the On the Couch with the Queso Bowl.