The Auburn Tigers and Florida State Seminoles are currently preparing for their Jan. 16 match up in the BCS National Championship, but the Big Ten will also be represented. According to national officiating coordinator Rogers Redding, the Big Ten Conference will be providing the officials for next month’s big game. al.com passed along the report.
While we know what conference the officials will be representing, the names of the officials working the BCS title game will not be unveiled until the day we are set to kick off.
The last time that the SEC was represented in the title game by Auburn, which was back in 2011, the Big Ten was also officiating the game.
While plenty of Big Ten fans will publicly criticize the officiating, it is comforting to see that they generally allow teams to play with little impact on the game. Throughout the regular season, Big Ten teams were penalized the least among BCS conferences at 4.83 penalties per game.
Let’s hope that the refs don’t ultimately determine the outcome of the game.