Not one football has been kicked off. Regardless, I bring to you my first edition of the 2013 bowl projections. I’ll be rolling these out there every Monday this season, so let me know what you think.
As you can see, I have Ohio State playing Alabama in the BCS title game. That would be a fitting end to the BCS era, with two of the sport’s iconic programs battling in the historic Rose Bowl. Hey, if the Big Ten is gonna show it is making strides on the national scene, what better way to impress than by possibly beating college football’s 10,000-pound gorilla in Alabama? It would be a great opportunity.
For now, I have the Big Ten filling all of its bowl slots. But, that may be difficult to do. Still, for now, Iowa and Illinois are the lone Big Ten teams (Penn State in ineligible) that I have home for the holidays—as I have Indiana, Minnesota and Purdue slipping just under the postseason velvet rope for now. Stay tuned–and keep your eraser handy.
|BOWL GAME||MATCHUP||TOM’S PROJECTIONS|
|BCS title game, Jan. 6||BCS No 1 vs. No. 2||Ohio State vs. Alabama|
|Rose Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. BCS/Pac-12||Nebraska vs. Stanford|
|Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Michigan vs. Florida|
|Outback Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Northwestern vs. South Carolina|
|Gator Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Michigan State vs. Mississippi|
|Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Wisconsin vs. Kansas State|
|Texas Bowl, Dec. 27||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Indiana vs. Baylor|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. C-USA||Minnesota. vs. Rice|
|Little Caesars Pizza, Dec. 26||Big Ten vs. MAC||Purdue vs. Ohio|
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