Bowl Projections: Only 7 Big Ten teams this week

Bowl Projections: Only 7 Big Ten teams this week

With the top teams taking care of business, there isn’t much movement in my bowl projections. Ohio State still is headed to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl—not the BCS title game. I still think the deck is stacked against the Buckeyes, who appear stuck at No. 4 in the BCS standings, being able to ascend into the Nos. 1 or 2 spots in the final BCS standings.

Loses by Indiana and Northwestern put their bowl fortunes in trouble. In fact, this week, I don’t project either to make it to the postseason, meaning the Big Ten will be unable to fill two of its bowl slots. But, if the conference gets just one team in the BCS, the Big Ten should be able to fill all but one of its postseason destinations.

Wisconsin’s status as a BCS at-large also is a bit murky. Can the Badgers climb into the top 14 of the final BCS standings? That’s what Wisconsin will have to do to earn a BCS at-large slot. For now, the Badgers are No. 24.

Michigan State is No. 17 with a chance to ascend higher. But the Spartans would figure to tumble if they lost the Big Ten title game.

Bottom line: stay tuned.

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Rose Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. BCS/Pac-12): Ohio State vs. Stanford
Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2 (BCS vs. SEC): Wisconsin vs. South Carolina
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC): Michigan State vs. Texas A&M
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC): Michigan vs. Georgia
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28 (Big Ten vs. Big 12): Nebraska vs. Texas Tech
Gator Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC): Minnesota vs. Ole Miss
Texas Bowl, Dec. 27 (Big Ten vs. Big 12): Iowa vs. Kansas State

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