BCS Rankings: Why the Big Ten Won't Get Anywhere Near a Title Shot

Dr. SEC@thedrsecAnalyst IIOctober 23, 2011

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 22:  B.J. Cunningham #3 and Keith Nichol #7 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate Nichol catching a game-winning 44 yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins #8 as time ran out to defeat the Wisconsin Badgers 37-31 at Spartan Stadium on October 22, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)
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There is one play that is currently cycling through all college football post-game shows today.  It is the miraculous Hail Mary from Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins to Keith Nichols that knocked Wisconsin from the ranks of the unbeaten.

This historic play will forever bring a smile to the face of the Spartan faithful and break the heart of the Badger nation.  This clip will soon be added to the stadium opening video for the Spartans and yet play through the minds of Badger players, fans, and coaches for years to come.

As great of a win that this is for the Spartans, it is a loss for the Big 10.

With all the conference realignments and divisional shuffling throughout college football, the Big 10 needed to become a major player in the landscape of the NCAA once again. It appeared they had the team and the schedule to make this happen with the Wisconsin Badgers.
However, when the ruling on the field was overturned by the referees, so was the Big 10’s chances at national relevance.

There are several reasons to believe that the Big 10 has zero chances of reaching college football biggest game. Voters are already skeptic of this former power conference because of their lack of bowl success as a whole.

Since 2002, the Big 10 has posted an overall bowl record of 22 wins and 36 losses.
During that span they have only had one winning season as a conference. Ohio State is the only team that has made it to the BCS championship game and they were defeated by an average of 20.5 points-per-game.

It is all but finalized that one SEC team will make it to the BCS championship game. There are several solid BCS conference teams that could go undefeated like Clemson, Oklahoma State, and Stanford. As much as some hate to admit it, there is not a one-loss Big 10 team that has a strong enough out of conference schedule to push themselves over an undefeated Boise State team.

Big 10 fans will argue that there is currently five one-loss football teams in the conference. The strength of schedule will push someone through the ranks. However, the voters are unlikely to buy it.
Remember, the Big 10 finished with three one-loss teams last season. Wisconsin and Michigan State were defeated in their bowl game and Ohio State had to forfeit their win.

While there is no chance that a Big 10 team will make it to the BCS championship now, they can hang there hat on the fact that they are deeper as a league. There is a chance that they will finish this season with a winning bowl record as a conference for the second time in ten seasons.