To quote our beloved founder, it is what it says on the tin. Thoughts on the tie-breaker system?
[NOTE - Sharp-eyed user Alton went to the Big 10 website to confirm, and notes that ESPN botched their description of the system. To avoid confusion, I deleted ESPN's synopsis altogether. Note that the first few comments are responding to the botched ESPN synopsis of the tie-breaker rules, so if they seem off-base that's why. APOLOGIES to the board for trusting ESPN. The ESPN link for the curious is http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/6915364/big-ten-teams-not-eligible-bowl-game-play-title-game.]
Here's the lay of the land, per the Big 10 website:
The following procedure will determine the representative from each division in the event of a tie: a.If two teams are tied, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the representative b.If three or more teams are tied, steps 1 through 7 will be followed until a determination is made. If only two teams remain tied after any step, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the representative. 1.The records of the three tied teams will be compared against each other 2.The records of the three tied teams will be compared within their division 3.The records of the three teams will be compared against the next highest placed teams in their division in order of finish (4, 5, and 6) 4.The records of the three teams will be compared against all common conference opponents; 5.The highest ranked team in the first Bowl Championship Series Poll following the completion of Big Ten regular season conference play shall be the representative in the Big Ten Championship Game, unless the two highest ranked tied teams are ranked within one spot of each other in the BCS poll. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the Big Ten Championship 6.The team with the best overall winning percentage [excluding exempted games] shall be the representative 7.The representative will be chosen by random draw.