Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/11/12
Are the Michigan Wolverines the best the Big Ten will have to offer this postseason? I think so. Photo: Getty Images


I was asked to take part in a round table discussion of sorts with the guys from Athlon Sports this week. The question was which team in the Big Ten is the best bowl-eligible team. This means we have to leave out 6-0 Ohio State and not even consider 4-2 Penn State. The truth is, those two might be the best teams in the Big Ten but of course they are each ineligible for postseason play.

So who are we left with? Nebraska? Michigan State? Wisconsin?

I’m going with the Wolverines, despite their losses to Alabama and Notre Dame this season.

Here is what I had to say;

Picking the best bowl-eligible team out of the Big Ten is difficult because there are huge holes everywhere you look. No bowl eligible team in the conference has come up big in the spotlight this season, and that should be very alarming for the conference moving forward. But now that we are in conference play the question will be which team will rise to the top and that is why I am suggesting Michigan. After getting trounced by Alabama in week one Michigan’s defense has been pretty solid, holding their last three opponents under 14 points. In conference play the offense should be able to get by, although a home game against Michigan State could be tough. Even if they slip up against the Spartans, I think they somehow manage to end the regular season as the best bowl-eligible team in the Big Ten.


Be sure to read what the rest of the round table had to say. Others to answer questions include former Buckeyes head coach John Cooper, former Buckeye David Fox, and Athlon’s trusty writers Patrick Snow, Mitch Light, Steven Lassan, Mark Ross, and Braden Gall. It was an honor to have a say among so many great college football minds and voices.

Related: Big Ten Mid-Term Evaluations

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