Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
If OSU loses to Texas, then the B10 will go 1-6 in this season's bowl games. Personally, I don't want to hear on the radio how weak the B10 is and some saying we don't deserve to go to some of the bowl games. Here's to 2009 being a better and stronger conference.
Big Ten #1 vs Pac Ten #1
Big Ten #1 vs Pac Ten #1
BCS vs. Big 12 #1
Big Ten #2 vs. Big 12 #2^
Capital One Bowl
Big Ten No. 2 vs. SEC No. 2
Big Ten #3 vs. SEC # 3
MSU solid loss to UGa
Big Ten No. 3 vs. SEC 3/4
Big Ten #4 vs. SEC # 5*
Iowa kills USC (NTUSC)
Big Ten #4/5 vs. Big 12 #4
Big Ten #5 vs. Big 12 #6^
NW OT loss to Mizzou
Champs Sports Bowl
Big Ten #4/5 vs ACC #4
Big Ten #6 vs ACC #4**
Wisc demolished by FSU
Big Ten #6 vs. Big 12 #6
Big Ten #7 vs. Big 12 #7^
Minn demolished by KU
* Looks like the Outback received 5th pick from the SEC this year: BCS (UF), BCS (Bama), CapOne (UGa), Cotton (OleMiss), Outback (USC (NTUSC)). http://secsports.com/index.php?s=&change_well_id=2&url_article_id=44
The Outback, Chick-fil-A and AT&T Cotton Bowls will work with the conference office to determine picks 3-5. The Cotton Bowl has the first preference of teams from the Western Division and the Outback Bowl has first preference of teams from the Eastern Division. The Cotton or Outback Bowl can select teams outside of its divisional preference, but must not select them before the opposite bowl selects from its divisional preference. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has the selection of preference following the Cotton and Outback Bowls.
** Champs received the 4th pick from the ACC (one rep in the BCS for the ACC).
^ 2008 Big 12 bowls, in order: BCS, BCS, Cotton, Holiday, Gator, Alamo, Insight, etc.
Again this season, the Big 12 has eight bowl slots guaranteed. The Conference is partnered with nine bowls. However the arrangement with the Gator Bowl is for it to select a Big 12 team twice over a four-year period. In the two years in which the Gator does not select a Big 12 team, the Sun Bowl will.
Following is the selection order:
BCS [ x2, -ed.]
Gator (when it selects a Big 12 team) [it did: Neb –ed.]
Sun (when the Gator does not take a Big 12 team)
So, the Big10 has some even match-ups this year. The top 3 games and the Insight Bowl are 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 7v7, respectively. Bullets:
• We were overmatched in the Champs Sports Bowl having the 6th place team (Wisc) play the ACC #4, leading to a bad loss in which no one was shocked.
• The NW game favored the B10 (tho, not according to talent on the field) and a close loss resulted. Minn got creamed by KU in what was another even match-up (but again, not according to talent on the field). It should be pretty clear that the B12 is a stronger conference this year and the bowl match-ups confirm this, if only in small sample size. OSU-Tex pending, of course.
• The SEC match-ups are turning out fine for the B10. Iowa moiderized the Cocks in a game that only slightly favored the B10 according to match-ups. MSU is hanging tough with a pre-season #1 UGa team in a dead even conference match-up, but will most likely need an onside kick to have a chance to win. Looks like the B10 ended up breaking even in bowl games w/ the grey coats this year.
• No doubt the remaining BCS games will break the B10's back should PSU and OSU lose. Two wins will be necessary if the perception of the B10 is to stay out of the toilet.
In case anyone missed it, for those of us in the outer boroughs, the BTN is coming to NYC on Time Warner October 22. Looks like I moved to Queens just in time.
Big Ten Network Update
October 17, 2008
On October 22, Big Ten Network HD (channel 472) will be available to customers who subscribe to the Digital Sports Tier ($3.95/mo.) in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Mt. Vernon and Bergen County (New Jersey).
Continue to check this page for information updates.
So ESPN compiled a list of nonconference games and ranked the BCS teams based on percentage. I'd just like to note that the SEC sucks.
The Big ten teams are ranked 6, 7, 9, 14, 17, 23, 24, 24, 41, 47, 60. northwestern and minnesota suck so you can't blame them, but wisconsin is embarrising. this is not news to anyone here.
The SEC teams are 18, 24, 33, 33, 33, 37, 43, 51, 52, 52, 56, 58.
What a fricken joke.
Half of the big ten is ranked higher than the highest sec team.
8 big ten teams are in the top half.
10 sec teams are in the bottom half.
Michigan at 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten. I don't see that happening...but I can see how that could happen. My guess as to their thought process:
Wins:Miami, Toledo, Purdue, Minnesota, NW
Losses: Utah, ND, Wisc, Ill, PSU, MSU, OSU
Again, a lot would have to go wrong for that to happen, but I can envision scenarios where any of those 7 teams could beat us. Someone at SI thinks that worst case will happen, apparently. Hence the 54 ranking from last week's overall article.