While the country is now a few days into one of the most compelling debates in BCS Championship history (one-loss SEC team against a major conference team that has not lost in two seasons), the Big Ten is busy handing out postseason awards.
Which is a strange thing in and of itself, considering the conference season is not done until after this Saturday night. It seems hard to decide which players and coaches are the best in the conference when the best two teams have not played each other.
However, Big Ten awards, even if quirky, prove one of the truisms of college football. Everything is based on preseason hype and bias. This frustrating bias colors the debates on everything from conference individual awards to the BCS Championship chase.
And quite frankly, that stinks.
Let's begin with the Big Ten major individual awards. For the players, the announcements may feel predestined because these same players were offered the pole position by being consensus picks on preseason all-conference teams.