Despite what you may have learned from the Fonz, it's not hard to say. I was wrong. From way back in January, I have picked Ohio State and Nebraska as my BCS Championship game. It made sense. Both had manageable schedules. Both would be veteran teams that should improve from the 2009's strong finishes. And most importantly, I saw two SEC-free openings in the BCS title game. I believed that the two teams would run the table and that the SEC wouldn't have a perfect champion. I'm not entirely wrong on that one - yet.
So where are we in this new landscape? It's a mess. And of course, it's also the first week that I set out to predict all 35 bowls (36 if you count Queso). So here we go. Remember the Rules.
- 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) Sugar Bowl; 4) Orange Bowl; 5) Fiesta Bowl.
- If a Big Ten or Pac-10 team qualifies for the BCS Championship Game, the Rose Bowl will be required to take a non-automatic qualifier. This will only be required of the Rose Bowl the first time it occurs over the next four years.
- The Gator Bowl picks its Big Ten team ahead of the Insight Bowl this year. It will rotate the other way next year.
Got it? Good. Let's get on to the projections.
The BCS and Big Ten Bowls...
And everything else.