That's it. We're through. I thought it was going to last this time, Notre Dame. I thought that this was going to be a year when you reminded me of those good times in the past. I was wrong, and I won't let you hurt me any more. From now on, you're on my list with Florida State. Until you prove otherwise, I'll just think of you as overrated in the summer. It's over.
In the Big Ten, there wasn't that much unexpected that happened. It's hard to read too much into teams playing that level of opponent though. As a result, not much has changed since last week. In all the wins, Northwestern's defensive performance was most notable. If they can keep that up, and if Dan Persa can get healthy, they may be scarier than I thought. Of course, it's hard to put a lot of stock in "ifs" after the games have actually started.
As for the projections, let's remember that there are 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) Fiesta Bowl; 4) Sugar Bowl; 5) Orange Bowl.
- Until a team is officially bowl banned, we assume that they can and will go. So, no USC. Ohio State, Oregon, North Carolina, <ahem> Miami...you're in consideration until otherwise notified.
- If a Big Ten or Pac-10 team qualifies for the BCS Championship Game, the Rose Bowl will NOT be required to take a non-automatic qualifier. This was only required of the Rose Bowl the first time (2010 season) it occurred over the current four-year contract.
- The Insight Bowl picks its Big Ten team ahead of the Gator Bowl this year. It will rotate the other way next year.
Got it? Good. Let's get on to the projections.