After Week 2, The Rivalry, Esq.'s weekly look at the bowl fates of our beloved Big Ten Squads asks us: What do we really know? After watching two games, I am sure that Michigan could have beaten any of the opponents over which the Big Ten currently has victories. I'm not sure which of the other 2-0 teams (I'm looking at you Penn State and Iowa) could have beaten Notre Dame. I'm also worried about Ohio State. I suspected that OSU was short a couple of offensive weapons from their past few squads. But, USC was not that good on offense. If Ohio State couldn't stop that down the stretch, there may be bigger issues. Remember 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.
The one that got away.
This will be updated each week. Away we go...
|I told you, this matchup isn't changing.|
|Orange Bowl takes 2 loss Ohio State over 2 loss Oklahoma State. That Navy game turns out to be great experience.|
|I still think this is a 10-2 Irish squad. TCU is the BCS buster this year.|
|Ole Miss replaces Florida. The SEC gets the last BCS slot and will get stuck with the Big East Champ.|
|I'm a believer in Michigan. I thought that they were an eight win team before the season. They are better than I thought.|
|The Hawkeyes found their running back.|
|One more game against a nobody to get the offensive line run blocking effectively. Black Shoe Diaries is right; it's an issue when a team is up 20 in the 4th Quarter and has to throw on 1st Down.|
|I know that Eastern is not as good as Central, but you have to be able to beat the directional schools. Northwestern did that. MSU didn't.|
|I have doubts about Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan State. We'll put State here until this sorts itself out.|
|Illinois is going to be maddeningly inconsistent. They will beat someone that they shouldn't, due to their talent. They will lose to someone they shouldn't, due to their coach.|
|Congratulations on the first win in the new yard. I expect that this week will be the first loss.|
|With some of the losses that we've seen, maybe 6-6 Wisconsin does get in.|
|You'll be happy to know that the On The Couch with the Queso Bowl found its sponsor. Can Indiana keep forcing game saving fumbles? I doubt it. Purdue played a hell of a game last night. They will be dangerous.|