Dienhart: Weekly Bowl Projections

Wisconsin’s loss at Michigan State likely cost it a shot at playing in the BCS title game. It also cost the Badgers a spot in the Rose Bowl—for now. And the Big Ten may be in peril of having to settle for just one BCS bowl slot, which hasn’t happened since the 2004 season. Here’s what we know for sure: Indiana already has been eliminated from bowl contention. Purdue, Northwestern and Minnesota have work to do to get into postseason position. The others will continue to jockey for position. See how BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart slots the Big Ten teams in bowl games after eight weeks of the season in this post.

BOWL PROJECTIONS

ROSE (vs. BCS)
Jan. 2, 2012
4:30 p.m., ET
Pasadena, Calif.
Michigan State vs. Stanford

CAPITAL ONE (vs. SEC)
Jan. 2, 2012
1 p.m., ET
Orlando
Wisconsin vs. Arkansas

OUTBACK (vs. SEC)
Jan. 2, 2012
1 p.m., ET
Tampa
Nebraska vs. South Carolina

INSIGHT (vs. Big 12)
Dec. 30, 2011
10 p.m. ET
Tempe, Ariz.
Michigan vs. Texas Tech

TAXSLAYER GATOR BOWL (vs. SEC)
Jan. 2, 2012
1 p.m., ET
Jacksonville
Penn State vs. Florida

MEINEKE CAR CARE of TEXAS (vs. Big 12)
Dec. 31, 2011
12 p.m. ET
Houston
Ohio State vs. Texas

TICKETCITY BOWL (vs. C-USA)
Jan 2., 2012
12 p.m., ET
Dallas
Iowa vs. SMU

LITTLE CAESARS (vs. MAC)
Dec. 27, 2011
4:30 p.m. ET
Detroit
Illinois vs. Temple

Note: Here is the Big Ten Bowl Selection Order:
First Selection: Rose Bowl Game/BCS
Second Selection: Capital One Bowl
Third Selection: Outback Bowl
Fourth Selection: Insight Bowl
Fifth Selection: Gator Bowl
Sixth Selection: Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Seventh Selection: TicketCity Bowl
Eighth Selection: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

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paul on 10/24/2011 @ 10:13am EST Said:

how can ohio state be considered for ANY bowl game when under a two year ‘self-imposed’ sanction?

Ethan on 10/24/2011 @ 11:33am EST Said:

if purdue were to get to six wins, which bowl would they more than likely play in?

Mike on 10/24/2011 @ 7:12pm EST Said:

Paul – because they currently self imposed probation, not a bowl ban

Benjamin Neer on 10/24/2011 @ 9:27pm EST Said:

To fill you in, Paul. They imposed two year probation, and not two year post-season ban. There is a difference. Go Bucks!

DH on 10/24/2011 @ 10:58pm EST Said:

Iowa fan here, and after watching the entire Wisc/MSU game, I would certainly pick Wisc to win a rematch at a neutral site. By the way, tOSU v. Texas would be a great bowl game.

Chef M on 10/29/2011 @ 9:28pm EST Said:

Looks like you owe Nebraska an apology for disrespecting them by picking Michigan State to go to the Rose Bowl. Care to re-think your prediction?