Update: Our own SpartanDan points out the error in the scenario below. Penn State would control the head-to-head tie-breaker, having beaten both OSU and MSU.
Update #2: Rittenberg has corrected his post by removing the scenario. So, like, ignore this post–except for the clever “Morrill Act Melee” part.
Here’s the weird one: Penn State loses to Indiana but beats Michigan State, and Ohio State loses to either Illinois or Michigan but not both. In this case, all three teams finish in a first-place tie at 6-2, and Michigan State wins the Big Ten’s BCS tiebreaker because it faced no FCS opponents.
Penn State opens as a 34-point home favorite against the Hoosiers, though, so don’t hold your breath on this one.
Also via Rittenberg, the MSU-Penn State game will be a national telecast on ABC at 3:30 on the 22nd. The lead-in game on ABC will be some minor skirmish occurring in Columbus, Ohio.
Only 291 hours until The Morrill Act Melee*!
**Copyright not actually needed because only nerdy blogger types would know that the Morrill Act was the first act to esablish Land Grant Colleges, of which MSU and Penn State were pioneers.