The college football bowl schedule 2010 started great for the Big Ten. But as the college football bowl schedule 2010 entered 2011, the true test for the Big Ten was at hand yesterday. Iowa had pulled an upset over Missouri in the Insight, while Illinois defeated Baylor in Texas. However, five Big Ten powers were in action yesterday, in a New Years slate that would prove the conference’s power. Yet thanks to yesterday, the college football bowl schedule 2011 now shows the decided lack of Big Ten power.
In the regular season, the conference seemed to be among the best in the sport, with three 11-1 teams on top. Two of them played yesterday, as Michigan State faced Alabama in the Capital One, and Wisconsin took on TCU in the Rose. In addition, Penn State, Michigan and Northwestern had New Years tests as well.
But the first day of the college football bowl schedule 2011 was a wall to wall nightmare all around for the Big Ten. It started in the Ticket City, as Northwestern fell behind 31-9 to Texas Tech. At the least, the Wildcats made it close at the end, yet they still fell, 45-38.
The late comeback made Northwestern look a lot better than the two Michigan teams, however. Michigan State had a chance to prove they really belonged in the BCS, but instead laid down in a 49-7 defeat to Alabama. As for Michigan, the Wolverines had their worst postseason loss ever, in a 52-14 shellacking to Mississippi State in the Gator.
Such a loss could end Rich Rodriguez’s tenure in Ann Arbor, while the college football bowl schedule 2011 is already ending Urban Meyer’s time in Gainesville. Yet he went out on top, as the Gators defeated Penn State in the Outback, 37-24.
The only hope to save the Big Ten from total embarrassment came from their champion. But even Wisconsin had no answers, as TCU got their much needed statement win in the Rose. The 21-19 win made the Horned Frogs the big story of the postseason – followed closely by the Big Ten’s utter collapse yesterday.
Before New Years, the college football bowl schedule 2011 looked promising for the conference, after two straight early wins. Instead, the Big Ten is now 2-5 overall, after five New Years losses in a row. Two of them were utter blowouts, another was a blowout for a while, while two ended in heartbreaking fashion.
Now the last hope for the conference is with a team that often falls short in the BCS. Yet Ohio State finally broke their BCS losing streak last year, and will try to pull through again in the Sugar. However, they are facing the SEC’s Arkansas on Tuesday – and judging by the college football bowl schedule so far, the SEC has a rather decided edge over the Big Ten.
ESPN- “New Year proves cruel to Big Ten”