The 2010 Big Ten Conference standings could be heading right for BCS chaos this season. Four schools are now 5-0 in the Big Ten Conference, and due to the way that the Big Ten schedules game, several of them will never play each other this season. Right now it is Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, and Ohio State tied at the top of the Big Ten, and all four teams are looking very good this season. Yes it is obvious that there is still a pecking order among these unbeaten teams, but this is college football, where anything can happen on a given weekend.
So what are some of the possibilities for an outcome in the 2010 Big Ten Conference standings? Well Northwestern and Michigan State don’t play Ohio State this season and Northwestern doesn’t play Michigan. Michigan seems to have the toughest remaining schedule between the four teams, and Northwestern seems to have the easiest without having to deal with Michigan or Ohio State. Taking nothing away from the rest of the Big Ten Conference, which includes No. 15 Iowa, No. 20 Wisconsin, and Penn State, this could create two unbeaten Big Ten teams at the end of the season.
In the BCS standings, they will only take into account what the computers and polls have stated, and won’t be able to tell the difference between a 12-0 Michigan State team and a 12-0 Ohio State team. By that point they will have played very similar schedules, with both schools then relying upon the voters to decide that they deserve a shot at the national title game. What happens if Oregon continues to impress voters, taking over No. 2 in the Coaches’ Poll, and remaining undefeated along with Alabama for the entire 2010 college football season? That could leave Alabama, Oregon, Boise State, and TCU all undefeated, and it doesn’t even factor in Big 12 play yet.
The BCS creators are going to have to start rooting for teams (secretly of course) so that they don’t wind up with the most convoluted finish to a college football season that we have ever seen. There is a realistic chance that seven teams could end up undefeated this year, and that it would create a scenario where one of the undefeated teams gets shut out of the BCS bowl games. Remember that the ACC and Big East also have an automatic slot, so there could be a lot of chaos in the near future. One thing this chaos promotes though, is excitement around the world of college football, so it might not be a bad thing after all. It sure makes the Michigan vs. Michigan State game much more interesting though.