Bowl Projections: Badgers back in BCS this week

Bowl Projections: Badgers back in BCS this week

Sitting at No. 15 in the BCS standings, Wisconsin’s hopes for an at-large BCS bowl bid are looking better and better. The Badgers need to finish No. 14 or higher to be eligible for selection. Gotta think that’s gonna happen over the next few weeks. First, Wisconsin needs to beat visiting Penn State in the finale. Then, sit back, watch and wait.

Ohio State remains on the outside of the BCS title game, needing a loss by Alabama or Florida State to ascend from its No. 3 spot in the BCS standings. Better hope for an Auburn win over Alabama this Saturday.

Michigan State is No. 11 in the BCS. But if it loses in the Big Ten title game, it figures to tumble from the top 14 of the BCS standings. Hello, Capital One Bowl!

Nebraska is set for the Outback Bowl–with no real chance for a better spot. But, if it loses the finale to Iowa, the Hawkeyes could land in Tampa, pushing the Cornhuskers to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

See my latest projections below.

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Rose Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. BCS/Pac-12): Ohio State vs. Stanford
Orange Bowl, Jan. 3 (BCS at-large vs. ACC): Wisconsin vs. Clemson
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC): Michigan State vs. Texas A&M
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC): Nebraska vs. South Carolina
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28 (Big Ten vs. Big 12): Iowa vs. Texas
Gator Bowl, Jan. 1 (Big Ten vs. SEC): Michigan vs. Ole Miss
Texas Bowl, Dec. 27 (Big Ten vs. Big 12): Minnesota vs. Kansas State

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