Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ohio St. could win regular season Big Ten Legends Division title.

There's bad news for college football fans who have enjoyed wallowing in the post-Tresselgate Ohio State schadenfreude. Even though the NCAA banhammered the Buckeyes for Tresselgate, the team still could win the Big Ten Legends Division.

"If Ohio State wins its half of the Big Ten, the Leaders Division would then be forced to send its second-place team to the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis. That's league policy and has always been known: If you're banned from a bowl, a conference isn't going to let you play for the automatic bowl bid that the conference has.

What was unclear is the fact that the Buckeyes can still play for some hardware.

“If a team plays eight games and all eight games count and at the end of the year they're atop the division, then they are division champions,” Big Ten assistant commissioner for communications Scott Chipman said in a phone call today."

So Urban Meyer and crew have something truly epic to play for this season. If the Buckeyes go undefeated and win the Legends title, it would make a shambles  of the Big Ten championship game and title, make a mockery of the Rose Bowl (as if it isn't already), and thumb its nose at the NCAA. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany might be looking for a way to throw a wrench into this from happening even as we speak. Or  Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, etc. could simply put the kibosh on this by beating the Buckeyes.

(via The Cleveland Plain Dealer)