Bowl Projections: Ohio State still smelling roses

Bowl Projections: Ohio State still smelling roses

Ohio State saw its stock rise in the BCS standings—and it didn’t even play. Oregon’s loss to Stanford on Thursday allowed the Buckeyes to move from No. 4 to No. 3 in the BCS standings, one spot closer to being in position to play for the national championship.

Will Ohio State get there? No. 1 Alabama has some tough games left, including a game at Auburn. No. 2 Florida State doesn’t really have any scary games left. Bottom line: There is still hope for the Buckeyes, but they will need help even if they win out.

For Wisconsin to be eligible for an at-large selection to a BCS bowl, it must finish in the Top 14 in the BCS standings. It’s No. 22 now. I am thinking more and more that it may be too difficult for the Badgers to move up high enough to merit selection.

Iowa officially became bowl eligible. Indiana and Illinois technically are still alive to become bowl eligible, but each faces long odds.

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Rose Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. Pac-12): Ohio State vs. Stanford
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC): Wisconsin vs. Missouri
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC): Michigan State vs. Texas A&M
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28 (Big Ten vs. Big 12): Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State
Gator Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC): Michigan vs. Georgia
Texas Bowl, Dec. 27 (Big Ten vs. Big 12): Minnesota vs. Texas Tech
Heart of Dallas, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. C-USA): Iowa vs. Rice

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