Thanks for the great explanation from MVictors for clearly explaining the Big Ten rules for tie-breakers and how Michigan can get to the Big Ten title game. But while everyone is so focused on getting to Indy, I thought of something else. As crazy as it sounds, is going to Indy the most profitable thing for Michigan? Obviously, we would have the chance to be the conference champion and play in the Rose Bowl – I get that.
( )o( ) <--- big but, if we win out and MSU wins out, we would still have a great national ranking and still play in a BCS bowl. If Michigan wins out (and so does MSU), they will be 11-1, easily be a top 10 team and could take one of the at-large bids. If MSU loses, Michigan would go to the championship game, where they would have to face the Leaders division champ – not going to try to guess who that is, I only see it has one more (good) opportunity to lose.
So, if we win out (and MSU goes to Indy)= 11-1, BCS at-large
Win Big ten Champ= 12-1, Rose Bowl
Lose Big Ten Champ= 11-2, Capital One-ish bowl.
I only bring it up to gage the MGoCommunity on whether they would rather not go to the BTCG (under these circumstances) at all and get an at large bid, or go to the BTCG, risk losing and go to a Capital One-ish bowl.
Personally – I would like to see us go to the BTCG, I just reeeeeally don’t want to lose if we go!
EDIT - OK OK OK...Obviously we want to play and win the BTCG, I was only trying to solicit response from a scenario that has not been brought up.