SjT: Post Game Blues

SjT isn't suicidal, but he had hoped for a better finish against the Big 10 and maybe a better bowl. Anyway, here's his take on the loss to Ohio State, and how he sees the bowl picture after the game today...

I know a 14-13 loss counts the same as a 41-0 loss,
but the flop on national TV hurts. Just like our other losses -- ASU, PSU, Michigan -- it's a total team failure here. Offense and defense and special teams all were outplayed and outcoached. A great opening drive but little else -- we got one turnover but couldn't capitalize and gave away two.

I guess there's some comfort in that our losses have come to good teams (ASU was pretty good before they pulled a Sparty and gave up on the season -- some teams like Michigan and Iowa are better in November
than September while some like ASU and MSU are the reverse) and aside from the Penn State game, we were solidly beaten and can't really wonder what "mighta been" if one play had gone differently.

So we're 6-4 now and clearly in the second tier of Big Ten bowl teams, by performance and by our fans/ratings we bring to a bowl. But where we go still depends on a lot of factors ...
* As ABC is mention ad nauseum, Ohio State is still an excellent contender for the BCS. The way the schedule is shaping up, the SEC contenders could knock each other out and the Pac 10 and ACC have faded in their hopes of a second team. So if the Fiesta does indeed pick an overrated Notre Dame and PSU heads to Miami, the Fiesta's pick could come down to an SEC team or Ohio State and the Buckeyes have a good history of filling seats in Tempe.

* Of course, OSU and PSU still have big games to win next week in the state of Michigan for BCS berths.

* The two remaining games by Iowa and Minnesota will be big as well - if OSU and PSU both snare BCS bids, Michigan and Wisconsin are almost assured of Florida, so that would leave the Alamo to choose between Iowa, Minny and NU. Iowa probably has an edge, but if the Gophers win out they make a good case.
My guesstimate at this point [3:30PM WT Saturday] (assuming Iowa loses this week but wins next week) ...
* ROSE: USC vs. Texas
* ORANGE: Penn State vs. Miami
* FIESTA: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
* SUGAR: LSU vs. West Virginia
* CITRUS: Wisconsin vs. Georgia
* OUTBACK: Michigan vs. Florida
* ALAMO: Iowa vs. Nebraska (the Corn Bowl?):)
* SUN: Minnesota vs. UCLA
* MUSIC CITY: Northwestern vs. Tennessee
* MOTOR CITY: Hoping MSU manages a big comeback or
shocks PSU ... otherwise, they'll go out of conference
Gotta bounce back next week - beating the Illini, Hawkeyes and Badgers in a year would be nice and a second straight 5-3 mark in league play would be big.

GO CATS!!! BEAT THE ILLINI!!!
-SjT

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