- Brad Edwards, ESPN Insider
While most of the nation will be focused on the Alabama-Texas A&M matchup this Saturday, there's a less-hyped storyline that also could have a major impact on the BCS championship race.
This is an incredibly important weekend for the Big Ten as it tries to re-establish its reputation as an elite football conference -- a reputation that has taken a beating in recent years due to out-of-conference failures. The Ohio State Buckeyes might not be among the Big Ten teams expected to be challenged Saturday, but they should have a major rooting interest, because this one day could determine how the Buckeyes' schedule is perceived by both voters and the BCS computers.
Brad Edwards explains why the results of the Big Ten's Week 3 nonconference matchups could play a key role in the BCS standings at season's end -- particularly for Ohio State.