It’s tight everywhere, not just BCS

For fans of the conference (and its broadcast partners), that’s far more of an accomplishment than seeing an undefeated or one-loss Ohio State team take on an SEC powerhouse with a national title on the line. The aforementioned four one-loss teams are all in the top 20 of this week’s BCS standings, while Illinois, Penn State, Northwestern, Purdue, and Michigan are either already bowl eligible, or just one or two wins away. In its last year before transitioning to divisional play, the Big Ten is as competitive from top to bottom as it has been since that memorable 2000 campaign.