Originally Posted by Jeremy
You forgot the biggest obstacle of them all....the voters. If there's any chance to keep them out of the championship game, the voters are going to make damn sure that they don't go back. You can't keep laying eggs in big bowl games and expect to be asked back again and again unless you're Notre Dame.
If they go undefeated they'll have enough juice from the USC (on the road) win to leave no choice. The Big Ten will rebound next year with I'm guessing 5 top 25 teams (OSU, UM, Illinois, PSU and Wisconsin) and OSU will have played the other 4, so they will have several quality wins if they run the table.