Among the highlights:
- • No decision from the bowl committees is expected until after Dec. 2, when the other conference championships have been decided. (Another reason the Big Ten should stretch its schedule through Thanksgiving.)
- • The Big Ten has seven contracted bowl slots and eight teams with a record of 7-5 or better.
- • The bowl committees have no obligation to select a team based on order of finish. The Rose Bowl gets the Big Ten champion (Ohio State). The other six bowls pick teams in the following order: Capital One, Outback, Alamo, Champs Sports, Insight and Motor City.
It appears the Hoosiers have at least another two more nervous weeks before learning their fate.