It’s never too early to make postseason plans, right? Yes, it is. Well, forget all of that and play along with me in my weekly bowl projections. It’s fun to play make-believe! Iowa was the biggest mover in my weekly bowl prognostications, as I now have the Hawkeyes in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where they would play Baylor. Minnesota fell to the Little Caesar’s Bowl—if it is able to reach bowl eligibility, which could be difficult.
In the end, the Big Ten may have difficulty filling all of its bowl slots. Penn State is ineligible, while Indiana and Purdue are long, long, long, long, long shots.
Here are my latest bowl projections.
|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||Northwestern vs. Oregon|
|Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Wisconsin vs. Georgia|
|Outback Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Michigan vs. Florida|
|Gator Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Nebraska vs. Ole Miss|
|Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Iowa vs. Baylor|
|Texas Bowl, Dec. 27||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Michigan State vs. Texas|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. C-USA||Illinois vs. Rice|
|Little Caesars Pizza, Dec. 26||Big Ten vs. MAC||Minnesota vs. Ohio|
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