Now I grew up in Indiana, so the only conference anyone really followed (no offense to the MAC and FCS conferences) was the Big Ten. New Years Day bowls are to be expected... and success in those bowls is also expected. But this year was pretty ugly... from the get go. Having both Penn State and Ohio State ineligible for post season play does affect the quality of the teams we are sending to bowls (as much as I hate to admit it). But the Big 10 did not have a team in the top 10 in the country prior to bowl season, we sent an unranked (albeit a very talented team that kept hitting speed bumps) Wisconsin team to the Rose Bowl. Michigan and Nebraska both squander late leads to lose their games, Wisconsin held it close with a very good Stanford team, and Purdue looked like a team that didn't belong (which is sadly, how they looked at various points this season; see Hope's firing as evidence) yesterday. So after a long season of college football the Big Ten is left to look itself in the mirror and ask what exactly happened this year. Urban Meyer and his Buckeyes will be back in the hunt for a title and a young league will hopefully have taken its lumps and moved forward.