Ohio State showed moxie and toughness in fighting back from a fourth-quarter deficit to win at Northwestern. That big victory comes a week after an impressive triumph vs. Wisconsin. Add it up, and the Buckeyes are 6-0 and still sitting in good position to advance to the BCS title game.
Despite the loss, I still have Northwestern in the Rose. But, I wouldn’t be shocked if Nebraska is able to claim that spot by the end of the season. Michigan State is another team that may out-play the Gator Bowl slot I currently have the Spartans in.
Indiana is back in the bowl picture after a big home win over Penn State. The Hoosiers have been to just one bowl (2007) since 1993.
I still have Iowa and Illinois in bowls. But, they may cut it close to qualifying for the postseason. Minnesota is out for now—but it could slide back in.
|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||Michigan vs. Georgia|
|Outback Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Wisconsin vs. Florida|
|Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Nebraska vs. Texas|
|Gator Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. SEC||Michigan State vs. Missouri|
|Texas Bowl, Dec. 27||Big Ten vs. Big 12||Iowa vs. TCU|
|Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1||Big Ten vs. C-USA||Indiana vs. North Texas|
|Little Caesars Pizza, Dec. 26||Big Ten vs. MAC||Illinois vs. Ball State|
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