Week 3 Bowl Projections: Badgers vs. Bielema?

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!

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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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shookwriter27 on 9/9/2013 @ 1:40pm EST Said:

I’ve said all along Illinois is better than people think.

scott s on 9/9/2013 @ 2:56pm EST Said:

also tom
im still not convinced about all the other big ten teams yet? they havent played anybody including ohio tom. cal isnt that great not like a notre dame.they all have had really weak schedules. what do you think????
i think after the mich game with notre dame they have and idea of what kind of team they will have. no other team in the big ten can say that yet?? wis. hasent played anybody period. neb. either.

Bucky Realistic on 9/9/2013 @ 5:08pm EST Said:

arkansas is not going bowling…..period.