Originally Posted by AlanC
The rematch for OSU and Michigan should have been in the Big 10 title game, which, of course, doesn't exist because the Big 10/11 won't add a team in order to create a conference championship game. The SEC had a title game, which Florida won. The Big 10 shouldn't ask the rest of the country to sit through a rematch game they should have settled themselves.
If there was a Big 10 title game, UM and OSU wouldn't have been playing in it. The B10 East champion (OSU) would have played the B10 West champion (Wisconsin) which they didn't do during the regular season. UM wouldn't have been affected by this scenario, if OSU won. If OSU won, they would still be playing Florida in the national title game, but if they lost there would have been a SERIOUS problem. In this case, UW gets the automatic bid to the BCS, and would likely play in the Rose Bowl against USC. That much is fine, BUT how do you decide who gets the ONE BCS bid remaining for the BCS, OSU, who was undefeated until the B10 championship game and beat UM on the field, or UM, who would be higher in the rankings, most likely? The B10 is better off the way they are, at least for now. Just for argument's sake, the new B10 would look something like: B10 West: Wisconsin Iowa Northwestern Illinois Minnesota Missouri, Iowa State, ND, or whoever? (not sure if ND would count as B10 West, or how they would slot them if they chose to enter the B10) B10 East: Ohio State Michigan Michigan State Penn State Indiana Purdue The problem with adding a 12th team is that there aren't very many schools that fit the B10's educational and athletic profile. ND and Missouri are about it, Missouri is in the B12, but has a natural rivalry with Illinois, ND would be a decent fit but has refused to join to date. Rutgers, Syracuse, Pitt, and some others have been discussed as well but who knows. Pitt would be decent in both BB and FB but probably won't leave the BEast and they have a natural rivalry with WVU, so that may not work. Just for fun, take a look at the money sport rankings at the moment: ESPN College Football Rankings: 1. OSU B10 2. Florida SEC 3. Michigan B10 4. LSU SEC 5. Wisconsin B10 6. Louisville BEast 7. USC PAC10 8. Oklahoma B12 9. Boise State WAC 10. Auburn SEC ESPN College Basketball Poll: 1. UCLA PAC10 2. Pittsburgh BEast 3. North Carolina ACC 4. Ohio State B10 5. Florida SEC 6. Duke ACC 7. Wisconsin B10 8. Connecticut BEast 9. Alabama SEC 10. Wichita State MVC Football: B10 3 SEC 3 BEast 1 B12 1 PAC10 1 WAC 1 BBall: ACC 2 B10 2 BEast 2 SEC 2 MVC 1 PAC10 1 Florida, OSU, Wisconsin only teams to have two top ten teams.