Another week, another round of bowl projections. Just one Big Ten team lost on Saturday, with Indiana falling at home to Navy, 41-35. The other 11 schools won. But my bowl projections have changed—at least the lower-tier bowl projections.
The big winner this week: Illinois, which surprised everyone with a relatively easy 45-17 home win over Cincinnati. The Fighting Illini’s rise, coupled with Indiana’s loss and Michigan State’s second consecutive unimpressive victory, was the agent for change.
As a result, Illinois is now in my projections, going from out of my bowl picture all the way to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Nice!
|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||Michigan vs. Stanford|
|Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Northwestern vs. LSU|
|Outback Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Nebraska vs. Florida|
|Gator Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Wisconsin vs. Arkansas|
|Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Illinois vs. Oklahoma State|
|Texas Bowl, Dec. 27||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Michigan State vs. Texas Tech|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. C-USA||Minnesota vs. Marshall|
|Little Caesars Pizza, Dec. 26||Big Ten vs. MAC||Iowa vs. Ball State|
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