Pat Forde explains how B1G can be successful in postseason on BTN
Through the 14 regular season and championship weeks in college football, the B1G was the standout conference.
It trumped the Pac-12, ACC, Big XII and, yes, even the mighty SEC. Since about the midway point of the season, it seemed to be an acknowledged fact by most covering the sport. But the regular season is over and now the pressure is on for the B1G to perform in the postseason.
While the efforts throughout the year to climb back on top were tremendous, it wouldn’t be nearly as significant if it laid an egg during bowl season.
So how does the B1G reinforce that it’s the best conference in football? What teams need to win and what all needs to happen?
Pat Forde talked with BTN to offer his thoughts:
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Ten B1G teams clinched bowl berths this season meaning the conference would need at least six victories to secure a winning postseason record.
The B1G and SEC are only pitted against each other twice, with Iowa playing Florida in the Outback Bowl and Nebraska battling Tennessee in the Music City Bowl. A third matchup could be in store if both Ohio State and Alabama win their semifinal game.
Last year, the B1G went 5-5 in bowl games. The conference didn’t get much respect on a national level after Michigan State was defeated 38-0 by Alabama in the Cotton Bowl and Iowa was blown out by Stanford in the Rose Bowl 45-16.