Northwestern romped Illinois yesterday, and Wildcat nation has been flying high since. For the second time this season, the ‘Cats are ranked in the BCS. The other time the ‘Cats cracked the BCS top 25 was week 11. They promptly dropped out after losing 38-31 at Michigan in overtime.
As I mentioned on twitter, the ‘Cats should crack the Top 20 of the BCS after Championship Week. Kent State and Northern Illinois play Friday night. Kansas State plays Texas. UCLA plays Stanford (again) this weekend. With a little help from our friends, not only will the ‘Cats stay ranked for two consecutive (!!!!!!!) weeks, but they’ll jump a few in the process.
In terms of bowl projections, it looks like not much has changed since last week. However, some interesting comments from the Capital One Bowl twitter today has me thinking that Orlando isn’t as out of the picture as I originally thought. We’ll have to keep an eye on that as the week rolls on. If I had to guess at this point, though, I’d say Northwestern ends up in Tampa playing the Outback Bowl against South Carolina.
-Congratulations to That School In South Bend, who guaranteed a spot in the BCS Title Game with a win at USC. They’ll play the winner of the SEC Title Game (Alabama or Georgia), with the loser going to the Capital One Bowl, probably. My brother graduated from TSISB in 2006, and he bought tickets last week to the game for $800, assuming they’d beat USC. The cheapest tickets on stubhub.com are now $1,600. Holy hell. I feel safe in assuming Gator/Outback/CapOne tickets will be less than 10% of that. At least I hope they’re under $160.
-Roger just pointed out that Syracuse is still in the running for the Big East title and an automatic BCS bowl bid. That Syracuse, of 42-41 Week One fame (I love me some hyperlinks today). Just sit back and imagine if that happens.
-Vandy finished 8-4 (5-3 SEC). It’s pretty clear that the Week One 17-9 loss to South Carolina (healthy Lattimore) was not fluke. They’re a program on the up, and it’s too bad they canceled the series.