What the hell is going on? How can you drop the Big Ten runner up to a 5th place bowl?
Michigan tied Illinois for 2nd place in the Big Ten and Michigan holds the tie-breaker by virtue of their win over the Illini. The BCS ranking is irrelevant as it isn't supposed to be a determining factor in the conference standings. The Worst case scenario for Michigan should be the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on January 1, 2008 regardless of whether Illinois gets a BCS bid. Illinois should free fall to the Alamo Bowl if they don't get a BCS bid, not Michigan. Being a "bowl starved" team shouldn't matter in the selection process.
I get the feeling that the Big Ten is taking Michigan fans for granted. They assume that you will travel no matter where Michigan goes, you shouldn't. If Michigan ends up in the Champs sports bowl, Michigan fans should stay home in protest. You work too hard for your money in a tough economy to be treated as a "gimmie" by the bowl committees.
The bottom line, Michigan is the Big Ten runner up, NOT Illinois. This is what the Big Ten Bowl picture should look like.
- Rose Bowl: Ohio State
- Capital One bowl: Michigan
- Outback Bowl: Illinois
- Alamo: Wisconsin
- Champs Sports Bowl: Penn State
- Insight.com bowl: Iowa
- Motor City Bowl: Michigan State
- At-Large: Indiana or Purdue
It's just wrong to drop Michigan based on not being "bowl starved."
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