The Big Ten is an underdog in six of seven upcoming bowl games beginning with Wisconsin against Florida State at 4:30pm Saturday in the Champ's Sports Bowl in Orlando, the same game Michigan State played in a year ago against Boston College. And the Big Ten can take heart in watching the first seven bowl games played to date-- picking winners in these games is tough because these teams don't just automatically pick up where they left off in the regular season.
Who would have thought Notre Dame would blow out Hawaii out in the Islands? There was no clue that was coming? Where were the Irish to play like that in games that figured to be easier wins like Syracuse? What about Fresno State blowing its game to Colorado State and unbeaten Boise State going down to a good but two loss nonetheless TCU team?
Michigan State might play an entirely different game against Georgia and maybe the Bulldogs will struggle just like they did in their regular season finale in Athens against Georgia Tech. Bowl games produce differently responding teams and the match ups always seem to be close. Unlike the NCAA basketball tournament where seeded games can provide some early round blow outs, the bowl games match up teams with similar records for the most part. I still think the Big Ten will struggle-- but upsets are the norm and that might make life better in this post season for the conference.