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Reviewing B1G's bowl selection procedure

Bowl selections are right around the corner, so I thought it would be a good time to review the Big Ten's new selection procedure. The big changes this year involve teams in the league championship game and the top two bowls after the BCS selections, which remain Capital One and Outback.

Let's take a look:

GENERAL NOTES

  • A Big Ten team ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings will play in the BCS national championship game. Otherwise, the Big Ten champion will play in the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO.

  • A Big Ten team may be selected as a BCS at-large participant if it has won at least nine regular-season games and is ranked among the top 14 in the final BCS standings.

  • The loser of the Big Ten championship game will be selected no later than the fourth pick after the BCS selection(s) -- no later than the Insight or Gator Bowl selections. This year, Insight picks ahead of Gator. If there's only one Big Ten team in the BCS bowls, the title game loser could fall no lower than Gator. If there are two Big Ten teams in BCS bowls, the title game loser could fall no lower than Insight.

Now let's look at the selection procedure for each tie-in bowl.

ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY VIZIO

  • Selects Big Ten champion unless the champion finishes No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings

CAPITAL ONE BOWL

  • Bowl may select any eligible team after Rose Bowl Game/BCS except a team that has two fewer wins or two more losses (in all games) than another eligible team. This rule applies whether there are one or two Big Ten teams in BCS bowls.

OUTBACK BOWL

  • Bowl may select any eligible team after Rose Bowl Game/BCS except a team that has two fewer wins or two more losses (in all games) than another eligible team. This rule applies whether there are one or two Big Ten teams in BCS bowls.

INSIGHT BOWL

  • May select any eligible team after Outback Bowl

TAXSLAYER.COM GATOR BOWL

  • May select any eligible team after Insight Bowl

MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL OF TEXAS

  • May select any eligible team after TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl

TICKETCITY BOWL

  • May select any eligible team after Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL

  • May select any eligible team

It's important to note that the bowls that make their selections after Outback have very few restrictions in picking eligible Big Ten teams. It's conceivable that a 6-6 team could go to the Insight Bowl or Gator Bowl ahead of an 8-4 team. Penn State, which could have a tough time earning an invite from some bowls because of its recent negative publicity, can fall no lower than the Gator Bowl if it reaches the Big Ten championship game. It will be interesting to see how high a potentially 6-6 Ohio State team climbs in the bowl selections. Certain bowls that rarely get a chance to invite the Buckeyes might jump at the chance despite being able to select teams with more victories.

The Big Ten currently has nine bowl-eligible teams -- Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State and Illinois -- and will have 10 if Purdue wins Saturday at Indiana. Several leagues might not fill their tie-ins, which would open up spots for at-large selections from the Big Ten.