It's always a good week when the Big Three of your conference take care of business. Iowa's walloping of Iowa State, Wisconsin's eating of the San Jose cupcake, and Ohio State's victory over Miami saw the Big Ten achieve that feat. And while it would have been nice to see Penn State shock Alabama, no one really expected that win, did they?
On the flip side, it's really bad when every good team from you league is pinned with a loss already. Right, ACC? The five front runners in the ACC prior to the season? Miami, Florida State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. At least Miami kept it close. That's more than Florida State could say about their trip to Norman. The Heels showed some valor in their comeback against LSU, but that wasn't enough to actually win. Virginia Tech? Thank you for killing Boise State's best argument at a title game appearance. And under the radar, Georgia Tech lost to Kansas - a team that was knocked off by a 1-AA team a week ago. I don't think that it's too early to say that the ACC will not get either a team in the BCS title game or a second BCS team. Again.
Now remember, these are projections, not "if the season ended today" picks. I'm accounting for what I think will happen in the remaining weeks. Here are the Rules for 2010.
- 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. (This isn't new)
- 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.
- For the full rules on BCS selections, look here.
Got it? Good. Let's get on to the projections.