"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
|Mississippi State||Arkansas||7:00 PM||
||Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR|
||Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO|
|Boston College||#4Notre Dame||7:30 PM||NBCSN||Fenway Park, Boston, MA|
||Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, KY|
|#10Baylor||#6Oklahoma State||7:30 PM||FOX||Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK|
||Memorial Stadium , Norman, OK|
||Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA|
The Meteor Bowl is well into the second half and MSU seems to have a bit more momentum even with backup QB's. We have discussed ad nauseum how we need OSU to win in order set up an East division title showdown next week, but ALL is not lost if Sparty wins.
Win or lose, we still need to beat OSU next week. And the way they're looking today, that seems like an even stronger possiblity than ever. So let's make that a given...
If MSU wins today, there's a great chance they lose to Iowa in Indy. That happens, an undefeated Iowa goes to the playoff and I believe the committee would put Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Either MSU or OSU might get an NY6 bowl but one will surely get shut out, and neither will get the coveted Rose Bowl.
If MSU wins AND beats Iowa, we'd want to root hard for ND to beat Stanford. I know that's a game we needed Stanford to win, but if MSU wins today and ND wins next week, I believe the committee will put ND in the playoff over Sparty, with the other three being Alabama, Clemson and a 1-loss B12 champ. Why? I think the committee will consider both MSU's Nebraska loss vs. ND's Clemson loss AND the "half-of-a-loss" to Michigan.
If we beat OSU and MSU wins out, we probably knock OSU out of the NY6 ... they would still probably take Iowa and us. They're not going to put four Big Ten teams in the NY6.
So a win in The Game will still give us a great chance to spoiler MSU and/or OSU out of the playoff or NY6 bowls.
Now, if we lose next week, no matter which team wins the Meteor Bowl today, we're going to an New Year's Day bowl against a good SEC team and the season will be considered a great turnaround in Harbaugh's Year One. Depending on how the next couple weeks play out we might still sneak into a NY6 even with a loss in The Game.
The win today was SO important. It's all House Money from here everyone.
EDIT: Point taken in the discussion that if we're not in the B1GCG we're probably not making the Rose Bowl. If Sparty wins today the Rose Bowl will take the CG loser, either MSU or Iowa.
Still house money tho.
Obviously we are all hoping that the outcome of the OSU vs MSU game today will be an asteroid strike. I am finding myself vicerally opposed to cheering for OSU to win, so that got me wondering if we could calculate the odds for the space rock thing actually happening. For the sake of argument, lets accept that a well placed meteorite could potentially get the job done. We know that, on average, only one small asteroid per year hits earth, but another 500 meteorites hit our planet each year. We also know that the square footage of earth is 5,490,000,000,000,000, compared against the square footage of Ohio Stadium at 624,001. Given these stats, we can calculate the odds of a space rock hitting Ohio Stadium in a given year at 8,799,143,095. However, we need it to happen during the span of this 210 minute game. There are 525,600 minutes in a year, which means that there is a 1 in 22,022,999,000,000 chance that this could happen! Cue the Dumb and Dumber gifs. Space Coyote, any additional thoughts on my calculations?