Bowl Projections: Dienhart's list post Week 2

The season is still in its infancy, so the bowl picture remains lucid. Very lucid. The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012.

The Big Ten is coming off a tough Saturday that saw it go 6-6, losing to every “big” team it played: Oregon State, UCLA, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Virginia.

The Big Ten’s wins came over Vanderbilt, New Hampshire, Air Force, UMass, Central Michigan, Central Florida. Not exactly a Murderer’s Row.

[Related: 5 early surprises in the Big Ten]

Still, for now, I think the Big Ten will be able to fill all of its bowl spots—but that could change in a month or so. And, it still could get two teams in the BCS.

I know the Big Ten probably isn’t one of the top two or three leagues in the nation at this moment, but there still is lots of time left. So, that’s why I still have two Big Ten teams in BCS bowls. History says it’s likely to happen, as the Big Ten has had two teams in the BCS 11 times in the 14-year history of the system.

[Related: Brent Yarina's Week 3 Big Ten Player Rankings]

Here is my third look at where your school may be bowling over the holidays:

BOWL GAME DATE OTHER CONFERENCE DIENHART’S PROJECTIONS
Little Caesars Pizza Dec. 26 MAC Ohio vs. Minnesota
Buffalo Wild Wings Dec. 29 Big 12 Baylor vs. Iowa
Meineke Car Care Dec. 28 Big 12 Iowa State vs. Northwestern
TicketCity Jan. 1 C-USA Central Florida vs. Illinois
Capital One Jan. 1 SEC Georgia vs. Michigan
Outback Jan. 1 SEC Florida vs. Wisconsin
Gator Jan. 1 SEC Texas A&M vs. Purdue
Fiesta Jan. 3 BCS Oklahoma vs. Nebraska
Rose Jan. 1 BCS Oregon vs. Michigan State
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Michael on 9/11/2012 @ 1:18pm EDT Said:

i don’t think lucid means what you think it means

Ben on 9/11/2012 @ 2:10pm EDT Said:

I don’t think theres even a slight chance that the Buffalo Wild Wings (Insight) Bowl picks Iowa for a third year in a row……

Jason on 9/11/2012 @ 2:18pm EDT Said:

Lucid means, “very clear.” I don’t think the bowl picture is clear at all, especially at this point in the season. I have a feeling you don’t understand what lucid means…

Freddie on 9/11/2012 @ 3:01pm EDT Said:

Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl!?!? HAHAHAHA!

UCLA must be in the BCS National Championship Game?

Cliff Bartz on 9/11/2012 @ 8:42pm EDT Said:

Illinois and Minnesota in bowl games? really. Even Iowa may be pushing it at this point. A down year for the Big Ten

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