SjT: Now that the Dust has settled....

Steve Truog puts his wrap on the Big 10 vs the BCS: The funny thing about that is that IF the Big Ten did have a title game, they would likely set up the divisions so that Michigan and OSU were in separate divisions ...

So you'd have probably gotten a rematch in the Big Ten title game and possibly a team that had "already had their chance" winning the rematch.
I'm not knocking Florida at all. They won what I've always believed is the nation's strongest conference and are a deserving title game foe. It's interesting that the top five in the final coach's poll are 3 Big Ten teams and 2 SEC teams. So we'll have the champs of the top two leagues this year facing off.

I'm just knocking the way Michigan was jobbed out of the title game through extensive lobbying. Interesting how Lloyd Carr seemed to try and take the high road with all the discussion and it may have cost him. Had he have been more vocal these last two weeks ala Urban Meyer or Mack Brown a couple years ago when Texas leapfrogged Cal, it may have been a different story.

So anyway, I know I've blabbed more than enough on the topic and I'll shut up. I just love talking college football and responding to some good posts and thoughts from elsewhere. I can certainly see the case for Florida and it should be an entertaining BCS lineup for a change. I just didn't agree with the method.

As for the other Big Ten bowl matchups ...

* WISCONSIN vs. Arkansas should be a heck of a game. Probably the two most physically pounding ground games in those two tough leagues. This one will be brutal in the trenches - a day for the big uglies!

* PENN STATE vs. Tennessee might be a chance for the Big Ten to pick up an upset. JoePa's one of the best with weeks to prepare and Tennessee finished the year limping to the finish. If the PSU offense can just hang on to the ball and not hurt their solid D, maybe.

* IOWA vs. Texas has all the makings of a rout. Texas is this/close to being a BCS team and really got the shaft in the bowl shuffle this year. Add in an Iowa team that shouldn't be here, backed into a bowl and is playing a short drive from Austin and ... ouch!

* PURDUE vs. Maryland could be one of the more entertaining minor bowls. The Boilers showed at Hawaii that they can score (they just can't kick) and Maryland has had some big-play ability this year as well.

* MINNESOTA vs. Texas Tech should be an interesting clash of styles in the desert. The pass-happy Raiders vs. the ground-it-up Gophers. Expect lots of points.

I think we [the Big 10] start 0-3 but win the four in January.

Go Gophers! Go Boilers! Go Hawkeyes! Go Lions! Go Badgers! Go Wolverines! Go Buckeyes! GO BIG TEN! But most of all ...

GO CATS!!!
-SjT


Stephen J. Truog, former NU Marching Band member and now educator in Arizona, comments on the Wildcats from both the sidelines and his couch He has his own NU oriented Web Site - Visit SjTonline

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