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BCS Selection Show: Michigan's Gain Is Also Minnesota's

The Michigan Wolverines are headed to the BCS, specifically to the Sugar bowl to face Virginia Tech. That is very good news for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, as the financial windfall of the Big Ten getting a second team into one of the big money bowls means an extra pay day of more than $1 million to each Big Ten school. The Wolverines moved into the top 14 of the final BCS standings at No. 13, thus making them eligible for selection.

In the other BCS bowls, the BCS championship will indeed be a rematch between Alabama and LSU of their November 5 overtime game. Oklahoma State was unable to make up the difference to catch the Crimson Tide, and will have to settle for a Fiesta Bowl date with Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal. Oklahoma State and Stanford finished at No. 3 and No. 4 in the final BCS standings.

The Rose Bowl game was the first that everyone knew, as Wisconsin will face Oregon in Pasadena after the Badgers won the Big Ten Championship Game over Michigan State. The Orange Bowl will pit ACC champion Clemson against Big East Champion West Virginia.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.