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Big Ten Football Standings

October 30, 2011 by staff 

Big Ten Football StandingsBig Ten Football Standings, The Big Ten Conference was at the forefront of instant replay in college football. And Commissioner Jim Delany Big Ten has been a strong supporter of the formula Bowl Championship Series to decide the national champion.

That’s what makes the nail biting irony of the end of last week in East Lansing richer than Bill Gates.

Instant replay overturned the ruling of an official a Hail Mary by Michigan State in the final horn came a hair short of the goal line. The improbable finish sent the Spartans and their fans into a frenzy, left Wisconsin surprised with his first loss and all but assured the Big Ten is outside the national title game before November.

The loss left the conference of badgers without a team in the top 10 in the BCS ranking this week. Michigan State is the highest ranked Big Ten team in 11th place, followed by Nebraska (14) and Wisconsin (15).

Seven teams ahead of them remain unbeaten, that is, the Big Ten needs help and maybe a different kind of Hail Mary to send a participant in the BCS championship game for the first time since 2007.

For those who yearn for a second phase of college football, however, do not hold your breath.

“I do not know about the story,” Delany said Thursday when asked about the possibility of a playoff. “But I do not see such things in the near future.”

It’s a shame. As much as we love college football and the drama unfolding on a weekly basis, the sport’s method for determining a national champion still drives us crazy. There must be a better system than the combination of polls and team rankings. It is very confusing, so that newspapers run a “key account” in the weekly BCS rankings. Here’s an excerpt:

“Six computer rankings used to determine the overall computer component. The highest ranking and lowest for each team is dropped – and the remaining four are added and divided to produce a percentage score computer.”

Make sense? This may sound dull, but we are not advocating the destruction of the container. Bowl games are wonderful, even some of the minors. Not always, of course, but often offer compelling clashes that prevent you from nodding off in the Barcalounger during the holidays.

It just seems a little strange to hear from a conference, probably does not have a national title shot before all the leaves fall. That’s not a complaint centered on Big Ten. That sentiment applies to any of the major conferences.

Perhaps that is the beauty and the curse of college football. BCS supporters have long embraced the belief that the regular season more meaningful, because the teams face a win-or-else edict every week.

Wisconsin – and the Big Ten, by extension, – no doubt felt the sting from this week. Of course, the conference will continue to send one and possibly two teams in BCS bowls. It brings a nice reward for all members of the conference, especially if the second device receives an offer in general.

The SEC has cornered the market on BCS titles in recent times, and LSU and Alabama look head and shoulders above the competition this season, too. (Some even speculate that the BCS title game will be a rematch of Saturday’s clash between these two teams.)

Badgers represented the Big Ten’s best hope to have at least in that conversation – until he stumbled on the road against a quality opponent. Now we have to recalibrate their goals, but dare not admit it publicly.

“It will be difficult to go through the conference undefeated,” said Nebraska coach Bo Pelini this week.

The good news for the Big Ten is that the addition of Nebraska allows a championship game of the conference, the league gives himself another stage window. The lack of a title game and finish traditional pre-Thanksgiving in the regular season always to the left of the Big Ten with an out of sight, out of mind feel to it.

“I think that having a set of 13 – that the eventual champion who beat another team with a lot of victories – will give a boost to power and maybe that can happen,” said coach Mark Dantonio Michigan State. “But I guess it depends on what everyone else does too.”

That’s precisely the point.

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