gargantua wrote:By the way, I'm pretty sure the Rose Bowl IS a BCS bowl. I'd put money on it.
I think the Big Ten gets their #1 team in the Rose Bowl unless 1 or more of the following happens -
1. The Rose Bowl is the Championship Game (it rotates between 4 bowls)
2. The Big Ten's #1 team is ranked by the BCS standings to be #1 or #2 (they would then play in the championship game)
3. I THINK if #2 above happens, the BCS can select the #2 Big Ten team to play in the Rose Bowl, but is not obligated to do so...
There are probably more caveats, but I think those are right.
BTW - I don't think a Big Ten team will be ranked #1 or #2, they kill each other too much. Someone's going to beat MSU and one of the other three (Iowa, UW and OSU) will have a surprise stumble game. I don't think a one loss Big Ten team is #1 or #2 in the BCS standings at the end of the year.