One of the perks of taking over for Tim earlier this month was that I kind of get to decide what I get to write about, and when I get to to do it. Corey and Chuck did a great job previewing the first patch of bowl games, and will be doing the same later this week for the second part of our VBR Bowl Preview. We will also look at each of the BCS bowls, as well as the BCS Championship game as well. But as I sit here, snowed in at my parents due to blizzard warnings, I’ve found myself looking through the bowl schedule, and there are some real interesting things that jump out at me.
The Big 10 is in Bad Shape
OK, this is nothing new, but as I look through the conference’s slate of 7 bowl games, I don’t see much good news for the league. It’s certainly worth mentioning that the best team in the league, Ohio State, is stuck at home due to the sins of coaches and players past, and we all know about Penn State’s situation. In a season that the Big 10 would have sent 9 teams bowling, and likely only 1 to the BCS, they have instead ended up with an 8-5 Rose Bowl representative, and just about every other school playing up a rung or two on the Big 10 bowl ladder. Minnesota and Purdue appear to be utterly outclassed by Texas Tech and Oklahoma State respectively. Given Nebraska’s performance, or lack thereof, against Wisconsin’s running game, I can only imagine Bo Pelini wakes up in the middle of the night, terrified of what Todd Gurley from Georgia is going to do to his defense. I think Wisconsin can keep it close with Stanford, but I just don’t think they’re good enough to pull it out. Michigan will need to do something no one did this year, find a way to slow down Jadaveon Clowney. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sparty and Northwestern get wins, but I’m also not betting on it. Bottom line, expect more of the same from the Big 10 in the next few days.