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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Reviewing B1G's bowl selection procedure

By Adam Rittenberg

Bowl selections are right around the corner, so I thought it would be a good time to review the Big Ten's new selection procedure. The big changes this year involve teams in the league championship game and the top two bowls after the BCS selections, which remain Capital One and Outback.

Let's take a look:

GENERAL NOTES

Now let's look at the selection procedure for each tie-in bowl.

ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY VIZIO
CAPITAL ONE BOWL
OUTBACK BOWL
INSIGHT BOWL
TAXSLAYER.COM GATOR BOWL
MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL OF TEXAS
TICKETCITY BOWL
LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL

It's important to note that the bowls that make their selections after Outback have very few restrictions in picking eligible Big Ten teams. It's conceivable that a 6-6 team could go to the Insight Bowl or Gator Bowl ahead of an 8-4 team. Penn State, which could have a tough time earning an invite from some bowls because of its recent negative publicity, can fall no lower than the Gator Bowl if it reaches the Big Ten championship game. It will be interesting to see how high a potentially 6-6 Ohio State team climbs in the bowl selections. Certain bowls that rarely get a chance to invite the Buckeyes might jump at the chance despite being able to select teams with more victories.

The Big Ten currently has nine bowl-eligible teams -- Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State and Illinois -- and will have 10 if Purdue wins Saturday at Indiana. Several leagues might not fill their tie-ins, which would open up spots for at-large selections from the Big Ten.