After watching three big ten games really from start to finish, with the exception of the start of the Wisconsin game I came to a realization. The big ten and Michigan in particular need to get tough with the scheduling. A couple reasons why:
With the scholarship limits, teams are going to even out in terms of talent and consequently teams like Miami (not that Miami) will only schedule home and homes with BCS teams.
What adds to that equation is the clear drop off in officiating from the Big Ten, SEC, Big 12 and Pac 10. Not that it would have changed the outcome of the game, but the officiating yesterday was awful by any stretch of the imagination. I know it was Big East officials, but then again is the Big East really a BCS conference? FWIW, the Big East officiating of last years BCS game was atrocious as well.
So in summation, I think schools like Michigan and Ohio State should have a couple demands any time they are going to play on the road. Officials will be from one of the big 4 conferences, no exceptions!
By the way this post was in part fueled by the job done on Michigan and reinforced by the job done on Wisconsin, that was a complete joke and reminded me of our game against Nebraska in 2005.