March 15th, 2012 at 10:26 AM ^

I actually heard some local radio guys say that if Ohio goes undefeated next year, they will make the NCAA look stupid for banning them from postseason.  His reasoning was that they obviously wouldn't have the best 2 teams if Ohio was not in the NC.  Buckeye homers still have no concept of what they did wrong or why they are being penalized.


March 15th, 2012 at 12:09 AM ^

Michigan and Oregon in the Rose, Wisconsin playing in the Fiesta, LSU/USC in the title game.

WVU gets an at-large pick? Sparty Outback again. Nebraska to the Capital One, Iowa to the Gator.


March 15th, 2012 at 12:29 AM ^

Yeah, that's what I kinda figured, but the placement of the comment in the subject made me less inclined to think it was a joke for whatever reason.

But I've definitely noticed that as of late people have gotten really neg-happy.  I'm not sure whether or not its just me being negged a lot, or if it's a general board thing.  But hey...

Wisconsin Wolverine

March 15th, 2012 at 12:35 AM ^

appreciate the post, but we should do away with the 'sparty lol' ... I think perhaps it's better to go back to overlooking them than laughing at them at every chance.  maybe like ... one out of every 3 or 4 chances is appropriate.


March 15th, 2012 at 12:41 AM ^

Wisconsin making a BCS game next year seems a little far fetched. I like Purdue as the darkhorse to finish 2nd in the Leaders division and get killed in the B1G Championship game.


March 15th, 2012 at 2:31 AM ^

To go to the Rose Bowl we need to win the conference, which I don't see that difficult taking into account that ohio won't be able to win it and MSU and Wisco both lose their QBs, I don't think we go undefeated but a potential loss to Alabama and whatever happens against ND doesn't affect the goal of winning the BIG


March 15th, 2012 at 1:17 AM ^

DROB is going to light it up passing and running. Our D will improve through the season. Who knows, if we can play AL close or pull a big upset and beat ND and win the rest of our games...may be it will be an early BCS championship game.

But even if we lose 2 to 4 games, I hope we can win the Legends and then win the B1G championship game to be Rosebowl bound!

Stephen Hawking

March 15th, 2012 at 1:34 AM ^

A win over Alabama and sweeping the Big Ten should qualify us for the National Championship, I don't know how this projection didn't take that into account.



March 15th, 2012 at 7:52 AM ^

 sparty has a better chance at a BCS bowl than Wisconsin. I think the Wisconsin ship has sailed. Their defense was pretty bad last year, their offense will be pretty bad this year. With all the coaching changes and people who graduated I find it hard to believe Wisconsin  they go to a BCS bowl

Indiana Blue

March 15th, 2012 at 9:09 AM ^

That Clemson v. Rutgers game is certain to be "must see" TV .... NOT! 

I thought the Big (L)East was under scrutiny about keeping its BCS berth.  Based on fan excitement ... they could probably hold that game at Pioneer.

Go Blue! 


March 15th, 2012 at 9:57 AM ^

Rose Bowl- Michigan (v. Oregon- USC in title)- said we were Big Ten winner

Fiesta Bowl- Wisconsin (v. Rutgers)- put them as # 2

Note all Big Ten Ranks will be one higher than acutality with 2 teams in BCS

Capital One- Big Ten 2 - Nebraska (v. Georgia)

Outback- Big Ten 3- Michigan State (v. South Carolina)

Gator- Big Ten 4/5- Iowa (v. Florida)

Insight- Big Ten 4/5- Illinois (v. Oklahoma St)

Meineke- Big Ten 6- Penn State (v. Texas)

TickeCity- Big Ten 7- Purdue (v. Tulsa)

Little Caesares- Big Ten 8- Northwestern (v. Northern Illinois)

That's 9 teams:

Ohio State inelligible- so obviously they would mix up the order

Not Qualifying- Indiana & Minnesota


March 15th, 2012 at 12:30 PM ^

Since Ohio can't play this season, if the B1G does get another team in the BCS, that will put the number four team in the two slot, etc.  It' would be nice to get two B1G teams in, but it might cost the conference a few victories in the lesser bowls due to uneven matchups.  


March 15th, 2012 at 12:55 PM ^

1) Rose Bowl seems pretty ambitious for UM next season. Possible, but ambitious.

2) WVU is going to get smacked around but good now that they will be playing in the Big 12. Oklahoma, Okie State and Texas are all better than WVU. TCU might be better, too. I will be SHOCKED if WVU finishes higher than 4th place in the new Big 12. Welcome to a real conference Mountaineers.

3) The Big East still gets a BCS berth?!? That has to change soon, doesn't it?


March 15th, 2012 at 1:15 PM ^

I don't think the Rose is all that ambitious. Basically that means beating Sparty and Nebraska and then Wisconsin in Indianapolis (as well as taking care of business against teams we have no business losing to at this point).

We have to take care of:

@ (likely) unranked Purdue
Illinois with a new coach
MSU (first or second most challenging B1G game, IMO)
@ Nebraska (third toughest B1G game)
@ Minnesota (lol)
Northwestern (solid, but definitely a game we should win)
Iowa (just like Northwestern, IMO)
@ Ohio (The Game)

In my opinion, we can drop one of these games without an issue, two if we beat Sparty, no chance we can lose three. From there we need to beat Wisconsin, which should roll through their weak division.

Perkis-Size Me

March 15th, 2012 at 1:41 PM ^

Rose Bowl is a very realistic expectation.

Nebraska will be rough on the road, but I'm not confident that Pelini has what it takes to make them elite.

Sparty at home, minus Cousins, Worthy, Baker, Cunningham and Martin. Our only big home game next year. I like our odds.

Ohio could be a loss, but we do have the benefit of their learning new systems and Miller not being surrounded by any talent beyond raw freshman talent.

I'm assuming that Wisconsin will make its way back to Indianapolis, likely riding on Ball's shoulders. He will be tough to stop, and likely have a 100+yd game no matter what, but the team is completely unproven at QB, so unless they land the O'Brien transfer, they are completely screwed in passing situations.