The Hoosiers may find out in a couple hours which (I prefer optimism) bowl game it will play in later this month. The final BCS standings are due out at about 8 p.m. Eastern time. They will be released on Fox following the station's NFL coverage.
CBS Sportsline already is projecting Ohio State will play LSU in the national championship game, based on the latest AP poll that already has been released.
Big Ten teams Penn State and Wisconsin already have accepted bids to the Alamo and Outback bowls, respectively. But the rest of the Big Ten's slots may be determined by the fate of Illinois. With Ohio State likely going to the National Championship, that leaves an opening for the Rose Bowl to fill. The Rose Bowl committee likes to preserve the traditional Big Ten-Pac 10 match-up and USC already should be there after winning the Pac 10 title. Several pundits have wondered whether Illinois will get the nod so there is a Big Ten-Pac 10 game. Others have speculated Georgia could get there as well.
Only a few hours to go...
Note: Once the BCS standings are released, I will begin the first annual Illinois Hoosier college football playoffs. This year's theme -- Because I don't like being part of the bowl subdivision.