Big 10 and SEC have the most impressive wins so far. Bowl wise, The Big 10 will probably finish second(with or without an Iowa win) to whoever wins the NCG, so either the Big 12 or SEC. Its a shame Northwestern did not win.
Looks to me like the Big 10 is having a solid bowl season. 3-0 against top 25 teams, with 1 more top 25 game to go, will earn them some respect back. Like some have said, those are the games the national media will focus on when looking at each conference's success during bowl season.
As much as I hate to say it, the Big Ten has looked very good so far. They could lose out and I'd still be impressed. Ohio State and Penn State are two of the most storied teams in the Big Ten (Michigan isn't relevant this year) and they both took care of business against teams most people on this board probably predicted them to lose to.
Oklahoma taking care of Stanford and Nebby blanking Arizona definitely helped some people look past Mizzou and A&M getting ****-canned, but people will probably attribute that more to the apparent weakness of the Pac-10 than the strength of the B12. If Texas wins the NCG than the B12 will be looking good, otherwise I see us in the middle of the pack, below th SEC and about even with the Big Ten.
As much as I hate to say it, I just can't see Iowa losing to Georgia Tech. They got the perfect matchup. Iowa is good at stopping the run, and they're playing a team that only passes the ball about eight times in a game. I just can't see the option fooling the discipline of Iowa's lb's and dl's.
IMO, the B10 is starting to get it's mojo back and is on the rise. The B12 has lost a lot of great QB's the last two years and may be on the decline. There are a few B12 teams gaining momentum (Nebraska and ISU for starters), but for the most part, I think we'll see a decline in the level of play top to bottom next year.
C-USA is 2-3 (SMU and Marshall won; Houston, UCF, Southern Miss lost)
Pac-10 is 2-5 (UCLA and USC won; Cal, Oregon, OSU, Arizona, Stanford lost)
Independents finished 1-0 (Navy)
And third: Why are there 5 bowls for MAC teams? One should be more than sufficient.
The Pizza Bowl (used to be Motor City), International, and GMAC Bowls are the only ones who officially have a MAC tie-in. This season, there weren't enough eligible teams from other conferences to fill in the EagleBank and Humanitarian Bowls, so they got filled in with MAC teams. Don't blame the MAC for the bowl system being the way it is.
I got my Master's from Central Michigan (hence the Chippewa in my handle), so I'm hoping that CMU can salvage some MAC pride next week in their bowl game. I think they will, CMU is pretty damn good this season.
Best year ever for Big 10 bowls .....
3-2 HAS to be a record.
I'll cop to picking against the Big 10 in all their bowls...
Wisconsin was somewhat of a surprise. I figured they had a shot, my family (all Badger fans) took the time over Christmas to reiterate their belief that Wisconsin would have beat Iowa had Clay not hurt his leg in the 2nd quarter of that game. Given the field conditions and the injuries to Harris and Cooper, Wisky should have won.
Penn State...figured that one would go to the wire, LSU was not impressive this year. Again, field conditions in Orlando really equalized any speed advantage and made it a Big 10 kind of game.
Minnesota...should have been blown out.
Northwestern...I was pulling for them. I REALLY was, both to shut the SEC fans up and make Chizzle cry. Overmatched, Auburn kept giving them chances to win, but they just couldn't pull it off. :sad:
Ohio State...it was a BCS bowl. Pick against tOSU. They played a great game to get that monkey off their back.
Michigan State...with all those suspensions, should be blown out of the stadium. That was before Tceh neutered themselves. Now I hope MSU does the blowing out to knock Tceh and their fans all the way down the Big XII ladder.
Iowa...granted, I'm biased as both an ISU fan and triple-option disciple, but I've seen GT play a couple times this year. That offense is hard to prepare for and even harder to stop, even for a D as good as Iowa's.
The Pac-10 is stealing the Big Ten's thunder this bowl season. Somebody has to wear the crown of most over rated. The Rose Bowl sealed the deal. Oregon not only confirmed that the Pac-10 is down this year, but managed to make the Big Ten look better than they are in the process.