Bowl Projections: Ohio State down to Rose Bowl

Bowl Projections: Ohio State down to Rose Bowl

I’m finally gonna acquiesce to the notion that Ohio State faces a challenge to get to the BCS title game. Yes, the Buckeyes have a great shot to go unbeaten. But that may not be enough for OSU to finish No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings, as teams like Alabama, Oregon and Clemson are primed to likely finish ahead of Ohio State if they remain unbeaten. So, I’m moving the Buckeyes from the BCS title game to the Rose Bowl.

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BOWL GAME MATCHUP TOM’S PROJECTIONS
Rose Bowl, Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. BCS/Pac-12 Ohio State vs. UCLA
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. SEC Nebraska vs. South Carolina
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. SEC Wisconsin vs. Missouri
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28 Big Ten vs. Big 12 Michigan State vs. Oklahoma
Gator Bowl, Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. SEC Michigan vs. Florida
Texas Bowl, Dec. 27 Big Ten vs. Big 12 Northwestern vs. TCU
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. C-USA Iowa vs. Tulane
Little Caesars Pizza, Dec. 26 Big Ten vs. MAC Indiana vs. Ball State

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