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Monday, November 26, 2012
Big Ten Rooting Interests: Week 14

By Adam Rittenberg

Rooting Interests is here for the final time in the 2012 season, and we'll keep it short and sweet.

Had Michigan beaten Ohio State on Saturday, the Wolverines would have a fairly decent chance at earning a BCS at-large berth. But a 26-21 loss puts Brady Hoke's crew at No. 19 in the latest BCS standings. Teams have to be in the top 14 of the final BCS standings to be eligible for at-large berths, and Michigan isn't going to climb five spots without playing a game this week.

Nebraska becomes the Big Ten's only chance -- and a slim one at that -- for a BCS at-large berth. The Huskers are No. 12 in the latest BCS standings. If they beat Wisconsin in Saturday's Big Ten title game, they earn the automatic berth to the Rose Bowl. Their only chance for an at-large berth would be to lose to Wisconsin and to remain in the top 14. That'll be tough.

The SEC and Pac-12 are assured of two teams in BCS bowls. The Big 12 remains in good shape, while the ACC took a big step back in Week 13 after losses by both Clemson and Florida State. Suddenly, a MAC team (yes, Kent State) is poised to bust the BCS.

Here's what Nebraska (10-2) should be rooting for this week ...