Looks like the B1G will be joining after all. Despite being #3 in last week's committee poll, the TCU Horned Frogs dropped all the way to #6, while the Ohio State Buckeyes move up to #4 for a date with a familiar face: Nick Saban, who claimed the #1 spot after his Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship Game. #2 Oregon was the first team to exhale, as they rolled on Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship.
This much seems true: the committee made the right decision. The TCU fanbase will be angry for sure, but it would be far worse to leave out a Buckeye team that just steamrolled a Heisman candidate in Melvin Gordon. Furthermore, the Big 12 is not as strong as we all thought in the preseason. Oklahoma is a mediocre team, Texas is rebuilding, and Kansas State is not good of a team as previously thought (consequently, Auburn is not as great either, which makes K-State's "good loss" earlier this year not that good after all).
The B1G, on the other hand, seems to be pretty decent after everyone in the media left the entire conference for dead. Michigan State is going to a New Year's Six bowl, Wisconsin was hot before they went limp in the conference championship, and Nebraska is still ranked. If you're going to turn Ohio State vs. TCU/Baylor into a B1G vs. Big 12 debate, I'd have to go with the B1G being stronger.
Stay tuned to On the Banks for the bowl announcement for the Scarlet Knights.