Michigan is #17 and #16 in the AP and coaches poll respectively. Anyone else worried(If we win) that we might not get to #14 after OSU to qualify for a BCS Bowl? Give me your thoughts
EDIT: Good points. Beat Ohio
And in the newly released BCS Standings, we are at 15
I thought everyone would like to know that one of the Directors of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was lingering around in the press conference after Yesterdays game. I didn't see this mentioned anywhere else, but I thought it was interesting.
Here are some photos from Yesterdays game. It is a long slideshow, but given the result of the game, I thought we'd all like to enjoy it a little more than a normal one. Also, to Heiko, I thought you'd be bigger...:)
No more than two teams from a conference may be selected, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large selections, unless two non-champions from the same conference are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS Standings.
Based on that rule, if LSU and Alabama both win out their regular seasons (which is probable but obviously not guaranteed) and then Georgia somehow finds a way to win the SEC Championship over LSU, the SEC would likely be able to send a 1 loss LSU and a 1 loss Alabama to the NC game (SEC NC Thread) AND send Georgia to another BCS game as an AQ. In my opinion, the fact that this scenario is even possible is just another reason why the current BCS system is ridiculous. Georgia is not even the third best team in their conference, but they are a fluke away from getting a BCS bid. I am still yet to hear a reasonable argument for why we can't just take the top 8 teams and have a playoff. That gives us 7(!!!) meaningful games, which we can still call bowls and rotate them between sites, instead of just 5 (only 1 of which is truly meaningful). We can still also have all of the other bowls for everybody else that nobody watches unless your team is in it. So, if you aren't a top team, your motor city bowl is just as meaningless as it used to be. Another benefit to the playoff system is that there would be less pressure to be perfect, so we might see fewer cupcakes in the non-conference schedules.
Anyway, those are my rants on both the SEC and BCS merged into one post. Discuss amongst yourselves.
We've heard all year that the Big Ten is "down." If you measure conferences based on the number of teams they have in the top 10, that might be true, but if you instead evaluate them based on how balanced they are, the league is actually doing quite well. There are nine bowl-eligible teams in the league right now, which is already unprecedented in league history and Purdue needs only to beat hapless Indiana next week to make it ten.
A big part of the reason why there are no Big Ten teams in the top 10 is that the league is cannibalizing itself. Michigan, MSU, Wisconsin, Nebraska, PSU and Illinois went a combined 22-2 out of conference, but now all of them have at least two losses overall. But I digress. Here are the league's tie-ins:
#1 - Rose
#2 - Capital One
#3 - Outback
#4 - Gator
#5 - Insight
#6 - Meineke
#7 - Ticket City
#8 - Pizza
Now here are the bowl-eligible teams:
PSU - 9-2 (6-1)
MSU - 9-2 (6-1)
Wisconsin - 9-2 (5-2)
Michigan - 9-2 (5-2)
Nebraska - 8-3 (4-3)
Iowa - 7-4 (4-3)
OSU - 6-5 (3-4)
Northwestern - 6-5 (3-4)
Illinois - 6-5 (2-5)
Purdue* 5-6 (3-4) (*needs one more win)
If we assume Purdue beats IU to finish 6-6, who will go where? Will one Big Ten team get shut out of the postseason, even if we put two teams in the BCS? And how will teams be ranked when there are two divisions?
Well there was a lot of talk last year about who was the more electrifying quarterback. Denard put together a complete game yesterday, and he seemed to finally play like he was comfortable. Martinez was smashed by our defense, but I was surprised by the lack of playmaking ability he had with his feet. In my opinion, we clearly have the better playmaker.