'Tis the season. The season to speculate about who is going where this holiday season.
No matter you think of the college football bowl system, this is the postseason we are stuck with for the time being. Teams are rewarded for excellence --- or in the case of a good 50 percent of the bowls: mediocrity. The Big Ten, through years of tradition as well as blatant corporate shilling, has eight bowl tie ins.
The bad news: The Big Ten rarely fills all of its bowl tie-ins because of a lack of bowl eligible teams to go to such wondrous destinations as Detroit in December.
The good new: The reason the Big Ten usually can't muster the teams to fill a slot in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl because most years the Big Ten is sending an at-large team to a BCS bowl.
How the new divisional alignment/title game will affect the at-large remains to be seen. While the benefits of the Big Ten title game are many, one of the drawbacks is that the second best team in the conference ends up with another loss on its record in the all important BCS at-large beauty pageant.
Let's take a look at how this author predicts each team finishes the season and where each team goes for the holidays.