This weekend, one of the best rivalries in college football takes place when the Michigan Wolverines host the Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten rivalry. This rivalry is always worth watching and often produces some classic confrontations. This is a fierce rivalry, but it seems like it gets turned up a notch when both teams are in contention for a National Title.
That has not happened in years and this year that trend will continue as both programs seem to be in rebuilding mode. In fact, it could be said that this is a down year overall for the entire Big Ten Conference. As of now depending on how the season ends, two teams may get BCS invites from the Big Ten, but do they deserve them?
The Spartans are the most deserving team to get an invite to the BCS. They have a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game and have already wrapped up the Legends division. They are currently No. 14 in the BCS rankings and should get the call to play in the Rose Bowl.
The Wolverines are playing good football to end the year and are in the No. 15 spot in the BCS polls. Right now Michigan is slated to go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, but an upset at the hands of the Buckeye’s good end that BCS dream.
The Badgers go up against Penn State in what essentially becomes a playoff game as the winner will go to the Big Ten Championship Game. If the Badgers can beat Penn State and Michigan State, they could crash the BCS party.
The Nittany Lions have had a tough year mired in scandal and it speaks volumes that the young men on this team stayed focused enough to compete for the Big Ten title. Right now it looks like the Gator Bowl is a more likely destination, but that could change if they win the title.
The Big Ten has at least four teams who have a shot at making a BCS bowl game. Although other people believe the Big Ten is lesser conference, they deserve two spots in the BCS based on their play on the field, and that is what counts.
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