Conference Scorecard: Big Ten catching up
Didn't intend to update this twice in one day, but Friday's bowls have significantly changed how the BCS conferences are faring in their final games of the season.
Two big wins from the Big Ten -- Ohio State beating Oregon and Penn State beating LSU -- give the league three bowl victories against top-15 teams. Add in Wisconsin's win against Miami, and the Big Ten has taken down three of the four highest ranked teams to lose in bowls. How much does that make up for having a 5-9 regular-season record against BCS opponents? A lot in the public perception.
The Big East, which opened 2-0 in bowls, took two big losses Friday, with West Virginia outplayed by FSU in Bobby Bowden's last game and Cincinnati getting dominated by Florida.
And except for the Pac-10, which is now 2-5 in bowl games after Oregon's loss, every other BCS league is within a game of .500 in bowl play. The Big 12, which has seen Nebraska and Oklahoma beat ranked teams, is 3-2 with three teams left, and the SEC, which has four teams still playing, is 3-3. So is the ACC, which has just Georgia Tech left, and the Big East is 2-2, with USF and Connecticut playing Saturday.
The Mountain West, 4-0 in bowls, is probably the big winner if TCU can beat Boise State in a battle of unbeatens left outside the national title game.
So your overall bowl records: MWC 4-0, Big Ten and Big 12 3-2, SEC and ACC 3-3, Big East 2-2, Pac-10 2-5; Sun Belt 1-0, C-USA 2-3, WAC 1-2, MAC 0-3, independent Navy 1-0.