SjT: Big 10 Bowling So Far

Yeah, Northwestern missed a bowl this year, and after two lackluster performances by other Big 10 teams, NU Wildcat fans just might be saying "ho-hum," and except for OSU, start downplaying the rest of the Big 10 teams in Bowls. But not everyone - our Steve Truog's still got Big 10 bowl fever....

So what about those two losses, and does this mean that the Big 10 is really "down?"
Could be indeed, but it's not all that unexpected ...
I thought we might sneak one out today, but Purdue looked awfully flat and Minny choked big-time. And you can throw out the Alamo Bowl. First off, neither team deserves to be there but for different reasons (Texas got shafted worse than just about everyone but Rutgers in the bowl shakeup) and secondly, it's practically a Longhorn home game (well, most Big Ten bowls are in opponents' back yards, but this is worse:) ).

But remember that we [Big 10] started slow last year and woke up in the new year. Had Iowa not gotten shafted by the refs, we'd have been 4-0 with Wisky's upset and PSU and OSU winning.

I think we have a decent shot to repeat that feat again this year. JoePa's an exceptional bowl coach and if he can get that offense to just not turn it over, they'll hang in there with Rocky Top. And Wisky, Michigan and OSU are the better teams on paper ... of course, the games aren't played on paper.:)

But after a dreary start to the bowl season (we need to limit the CUSA and MAC bowl bids!:) ), things really picked up with the games today. It'd be nice if the BCS lived up to last year's thrillers, but I have a feeling none of the four on Fox will be within single digits. Hope Barry Alvarez (ick) is good at filler ... and thank goodness the Musburger game in Pasadena shouldn't need that filler! :)

Still amazing to think that a decade ago at this time we were all in Orlando and a "Big Ten" decade ago was that magical week in Pasadena. Hopefully we're back in the postseason mix next year.

Go Big Ten! 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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