When the Big Ten commisioner saw the bowl schedule, he must of thought: we haven't had this much fun since Ohio State played Florida!
My thought was: I have seen women of the evening in Tijuana who got better treatment than the Big Ten conference.
The bowl season is an outdated but highly protected series of corporate commercials that pretend to be important football games—I understand this fact.
I also understand that the teams should be chosen fairly. This is the part I disagree with when it comes to the Big Ten.
Now mind you: I am no Big Ten lover. In fact, since a certain coach who is dead to me signed with Michigan, I have only slightly more love for the conference as a whole than I do Pitt.
As I understand the schedule, the Big Ten has eight teams going to bowls. Let's start with these three:
BC vs. Michigan State in Florida
Indiana vs. Oklahoma State in Arizona
Wisconsin vs. Tennesee in Florida
Those all look fair and balanced. Its the next five I have a problem with:
Purdue vs. Central Michigan in Michigan
Penn State vs. Texas A & M in Texas
Illinois vs. USC at The Rose Bowl in L.A.
Michigan vs. Florida in Florida
Ohio State vs. Louisana State in Louisanna
Anyone see a problem here?
Now I will give them the BCS Championship game. However I do believe that when a team from the host state plays it should be moved—but Ohio State knew it might happen.
As for the rest of the teams: I think that the Big Ten gets the shaft in bowl games because they have loyal fans that travel. I believe the northern schools already are at a disadavantage because bowls are predominatly scheduled in the South because of the warm weather. Thus, because southern schools tend to have fans that don't travel, the northern schools get put into their backyard.
It's simply not fair. The Big Ten should turn down the bowl bids and ask for a better draw.
The only other solution I can see is the Big Ten commisioner going to the northern cities with domes, lining up sponsors, and hosting the conference's own bowl games.
Such matchups may not feature the tradition of the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, but tradition has to start somewhere.