After not having a team in the AP Poll last week, the hits just keep coming against the Big Ten. When the BCS released its standings last night, there wasn’t a team from the Big Ten to be found. Partially because Ohio State, ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll, is ineligible for the postseason.
It’s still early and we can’t make to many assumptions based of the first BCS rankings. A lot can change over the next half of the season and a number of teams are in the field to grab a BCS at-large bid.
Let’s not hold our breath, though.
The Big ten has had a team receive an at-large bid in each of the past seven season. With the mediocrity we’ve seen across the conference this season, that streak is very much in jeopardy. The league can’t complain with its performance against nonconference opponents this season.
If any team had a shot or at least a deserving spot it was Michigan. The Wolverines are ranked No. 23 in the AP and No. 25 in the USA Today coaches poll. Even the Harris poll, which makes up one-third of the BCS formula, has UM at No. 26. Their losses came against two top five teams in No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Notre Dame. They may be the leagues only shot to receive an at-large.
A team must finish in the top 14 of the final BCS standings and have at least nine victories to be eligible for an at-large bid. Michigan has to win out to have a chance.