Maybe it’s just me, but seeing Wisconsin going to the Rose Bowl with 5 losses doesn’t seem quite right. In the end, Wisconsin ended up being this year’s BCS crasher. The 8-5 Badgers will be making their third consecutive trip to Pasadena after destroying Nebraska in Saturday’s Big Ten title game, bringing the worst winning percentage of any Rose Bowl participant since 1928.
What that means is a team like Texas A&M will play in the Capital One Bowl (with 2 losses I might add), against probably Northwestern.
There is still the slight possibility that 12-1 Northern Illinois will move into the final top 16. If that happens, the Huskies would steal away Oklahoma’s at-large berth and head to the Orange Bowl (Louisville would move to the Sugar Bowl).
Wisconsin’s win shakes up the Big Ten’s expected Florida bowl lineup. The Capital One Bowl had coveted Michigan, but neither that game nor the Outback Bowl can take the eight-win Wolverines over the 10-win Huskers. If the Capital One Bowl opts for 9-3 Northwestern to face 10-2 Texas A&M, Nebraska will fall to the Outback.
That would likely send South Carolina plummeting to the Gator, because the Gamecocks faced the Huskers last year, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl is obligated to select South Carolina’s rival, Clemson, from the ACC. The lower half of the Big 12 pecking order is a bit muddy. I have the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl taking TCU, followed by the Holiday Bowl taking West Virginia, but some think the Mountaineers will fall to the Pinstripe Bowl. If that does happen, look for the New York bowl to take Pittsburgh from the Big East, reuniting rivals and sparing the 6-6 Panthers a third straight trip to Birmingham.
It just all seems too confusing. Some teams get a bowl game based on BCS rankings while some teams get bowl games based on how they are ranked in their conference. Have a look at this:As always, remember:
• After the No. 1 and 2 teams are slotted and replaced, the BCS at-large selection order this year is 1) Fiesta, 2) Sugar and 3) Orange. The highest-ranked champion from a non-automatic qualifier is guaranteed a BCS berth if it finishes in the top 12 or in the top 16 and ahead of an AQ-conference champion.
• Most bowls are not obligated — I repeat, NOT OBLIGATED — to choose in exact order of conference standings. For instance, “Big 12 No. 3” means “third selection of Big 12 teams,” not “the Big 12’s third-place team.” Bowls often pick a team with an inferior record due to geography, anticipated fan travel, the need to avoid a regular-season rematch, or just plain politics.
Seems like a lot of discrepancies could be allowed. And unfairness.
|Jan. 1||Rose: Wisconsin (Big Ten champ) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 champ)|
|Jan. 1||Orange: Florida State (ACC champ) vs. Louisville (Big East champ)|
|Jan. 2||Sugar: Florida (BCS at-large) vs. Oklahoma (BCS at-large)|
|Jan. 3||Fiesta: Kansas State (Big 12 champ) vs. Oregon (BCS at-large)|
|Jan. 7||BCS championship: Notre Dame (BCS No. 1) vs. Alabama (BCS No. 2)|
Teams in bold have accepted a bid.
* — Replacement team for a conference without an eligible team.
Here’s my question: Why have a team ranked in the polls, if they can’t play in a post season bowl, like Ohio State for example? It just clouds the picture.
And bottom line is, does it seem fair to have a 5 loss team playing in a major bowl like the Rose Bowl, when a team with 2 losses are playing in a not so well known bowl like Texas A&M (with a probable Heisman Trophy winning quarterback) playing a team like Northwestern?