The Big 10's chance of landing two teams in the BCS this year might be dead. With Nebraska's shocking 28-25 loss to Northwestern, the Cornhuskers are expected to drop outside of the top 15 of the Week 11 BCS rankings, which would leave the Big 10 locked out of top 10 entirely. Here, according to BCSGuru.com's Samuel Chi, is what the BCS standings should look like heading into Week 11:
1. LSU, 2. Oklahoma State, 3. Alabama, 4. Stanford, 5. Boise State, 6. Oklahoma, 7. Arkansas, 8. Oregon, 9. Clemson, 10. Virginia Tech, 11. Houston, 12. Penn State, 13. Kansas State, 14. South Carolina, 15. Michigan State.
So what would be the Big 10's best chance of getting two teams into BCS bowl games? The most likely route would be for Penn State, currently the highest ranked Big 10 team, to win out and enter the Big 10 title game with one loss. If the Nittany Lions lost the championship game, it's possible, depending on how the rest of the country shook out, that they would be selected as the final BCS at-large. But the Nittany Lions— who finish the season with Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin— can't look ahead to that scenario.