The ESPN guys just posted on this topic (http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten), but I figured it’s worth discussing here.
This could be a very, very strange year for Big Ten bowl participation.
Consider that teams need to go at least 6-6 in order to go bowling (well, and not get caught cheating or covering up the sexual molestation of children). Here’s where the Big Ten stands:
Michigan State (5-5; Northwestern, @ Minnesota)
MAYBE GOING / PROBABLY NOT GOING
Minnesota (5-4; @ Illinois, @ Nebraska, MSU)
Indiana (4-5; Wisconsin, @ Penn State, @ Purdue)
Iowa (4-5; Purdue, @ Michigan, Nebraska)
Purdue (3-6; @ Iowa, @ Illinois, Indiana)
DEFINITELY NOT GOING
Ohio State (ineligible)
Penn State (ineligible)
There’s a real chance the conference only gets five or six teams in this year. Last year, ten teams made it.