Big Ten bowls: We predict all seven B1G games

All season long, our panel has predicted every Big Ten football game. We’ve also provided polls for Big Ten fans to make their picks. Now, it’s time to focus on the seven Big Ten bowl games. See our panel’s picks and cast your winners in this post. Keep in mind, Big Ten fans, you are just one game off the lead.

Sean MerrimanSean Merriman (@BTNSean)
Season record: 81-16
Big Ten bowl game predictions: Minnesota 28, Syracuse 14; Kansas State 27, Michigan 17; Georgia 31, Nebraska 21; LSU 42, Iowa 24; South Carolina 31, Wisconsin 27; Michigan State 27, Stanford 24; Ohio State 38, Clemson 35.

FansBig Ten fans
Season record: 80-17
Big Ten bowl game predictions: See polls below

Stephen BardoStephen Bardo (@stephenbardo)
Season record: 79-18
Big Ten bowl game predictions: Minnesota 35, Syracuse 21; Kansas State 31, Michigan 17; Nebraska 24, Georgia 23; LSU 42, Iowa 31; Wisconsin 28, South Carolina 27; Michigan State 28, Stanford 24; Clemson 42, Ohio State 41

Brent YarinaBrent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina)
Season record: 77-20
Big Ten bowl game predictions: Minnesota 23, Syracuse 20; Kansas State 31, Michigan 28; Georgia 34, Nebraska 24; LSU 28, Iowa 20; Wisconsin 27, South Carolina 24; Michigan State 24, Stanford 20; Clemson 41, Ohio State 38

Tom DienhartTom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)
Season record: 77-20
Big Ten bowl game predictions: Minnesota 29, Syracuse 27; Michigan 26, Kansas State 24; Georgia 29, Nebraska 24; LSU 24, Iowa 21; Wisconsin 31, South Carolina 24; Michigan State 17, Stanford 14; Ohio State 31, Clemson 30


Texas Bowl: Syracuse 21, Minnesota 17 | DIENHART | AP RECAP

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Kansas State 31, Michigan 14 | DIENHART | AP RECAP

Gator Bowl: Nebraska 24, Georgia 19 | DIENHART | AP RECAP

Outback Bowl: LSU 21, Iowa 14 | DIENHART | AP RECAP

Capital One Bowl: South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24 | YARINA | AP RECAP

Rose Bowl Game: Michigan State 24, Stanford 20 | DIENHART | AP RECAP

Orange Bowl: Clemson 40, Ohio State 35 | DIENHART | AP RECAP


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (46 Comments)
big ten jerry on 12/13/2013 @ 2:39am EDT Said:

why aren’t the minnesota golden gophers predicted to win by a bigger margin

Hank on 12/13/2013 @ 8:25am EDT Said:

I think this will be the best bowl season for the Big Ten in years- only losing to LSU and South Carolina. The Big Ten is a lot better this year, and winning the two BCS bowls will top it all off. Michigan State while they have not been to the Rose bowl in years, have never Lost in Pasadena and this year the Spartans are on a roll. The Buckeyes didn’t see the Sparans ( they were thinking National Championship, They re-group and whip up on Clemson, after all its the ACC- Florida State and then nobody at all.
Michigan will make a recruiting statement, and beat down Kansas State squad that will not be up for the winningest program in history. Nebraska will save Bo Pelini’s job with a strong but close game against Georgia, and the little Gopher that could does it again for Coach Kill!!!
GO BIG TEN!!!!!!!!!!

Jmac on 12/13/2013 @ 11:30am EDT Said:

It is interesting how the national analysts are talking a close game in the Rose Bowl, then seem to immediately dismiss the Spartans. (Cook can’t play, really no run game, defense is really not that good, if Hogan is on, and so on.)

I found Mark May’s analysis regarding Stanford’s jumbo package extremely shallow. He thinks the Cardinal will run all over the MSU with that. All he would have to do is go back to the 2012 game between MSU and Wiscy, the Spartan D handled “the Barge” just fine. Basically the same package, except Wisconsin had better running backs.

george clay on 12/13/2013 @ 1:51pm EDT Said:

LSU 42 points Really!!!

Moonunit on 12/13/2013 @ 2:45pm EDT Said:

Jmac,before you dismiss what Stanford may be able to do against Spaty’s Defense, you’d better take a good hard look at what a banged up Nebraska did against them this year instead of what happened back in 2012. Stanford’s Offensive line are beasts…..and healthy. The cardinal will win this in a close and exciting game.
I still stand by my prediction of only 2 wins for the BIG in Bowl games, one off those being The Gophers and a wild card winner from the rest. I’m a Husker fan, and I can’t even pick them as a clear winner at this point. See who gets healthy and who doesn’t. Hard to win with a true Freshman Quarterback that doesn’t have the grasp of how the Offense works yet.

CircleHerk on 12/13/2013 @ 4:06pm EDT Said:

I guess these BTN “experts” think Iowa’s defense is on par with Furman, UAB, and Kent State. Way to do your homework guys. Don’t quit your day jobs.

jt harrold on 12/13/2013 @ 5:00pm EDT Said:

Iowa has the #7 defense in the country, and LSU loses their starting QB and yet the ”experts” have LSU scoring 40 + points? Nice analysis. Iowa may lose, but it will be because the LSU defense shuts down the average Iowa offense…not the stellar Iowa defense getting gouged by a frosh QB led LSU offense.

Hank on 12/13/2013 @ 5:36pm EDT Said:

I have to agree, the Cardinal has a strong running game only because the PAC 12 like the SEC play spread offense an no Defense. what a surprise that the only team in that conference that plays Defense won that conference. Look Stanford is a sound football team, but the running backs on that team couldn’t hold Carlos Hydes Jock Put the 4 games he missed into the mix and he would b up for Heisman. MSU gave p yards to him but 8 Spartans in the box and the best One on One corners in the country playing very tight press coverage and Stanford will be lucky to score 14 points. Narduzzi will have the Spartans at the top of their game. Mark May like all of the ESPN guys have under rated the BIG ten all year, so let them pick Stanford- its just fuel for a Spartan team that feels disrespected already.

budgerfan on 12/13/2013 @ 8:53pm EDT Said:

Hogeye fan, they aren’t 2004 LSU, and your hogeyes aren’t 2004 Ioway.

Nikos777 on 12/13/2013 @ 9:06pm EDT Said:

I see Iowa winning over LSU in a dogfight. Iowa has a tendency to come up for these games and they will be running on full throttle.

hawkguy on 12/13/2013 @ 9:40pm EDT Said:

42 points… i think these guys been watching too much espn with that sec love. Ill laugh if the big ten fans end up with a better season record than the ‘experts’ on here.

ohsknows on 12/13/2013 @ 10:45pm EDT Said:

Does no one remember what happened the last time Iowa faced LSU?

Doug on 12/14/2013 @ 12:13am EDT Said:

it’s really odd too cause Mark May usually is better than that, let him and Lou Holtz run their mouths. I’m glad MSU is the underdog and is being dismissed. I still remember Holtz saying OSU would beat MSU as bad as Wisconsin beat Neb in last year’s title game. How did that work out? MSU is going to beat Stanford and finish top 4 in the nation, who would have thought?

Larry Stebbins on 12/14/2013 @ 1:51am EDT Said:

I would like to see all of them win but it is not likely.

Ken Slocumb on 12/14/2013 @ 11:33am EDT Said:

First time in my life, I think, I’ll be rooting for every B1G team. And I’m 65!

Patrick Lamoureux on 12/14/2013 @ 11:48am EDT Said:

Iowa is going to win because Defense wins games. And on top of that, Iowa is the only Big 10 team that knows how to consistently beat sec opponents. I pick Iowa by atleast a touchdown if not more. They got momentum going their way.

Jim on 12/14/2013 @ 11:55am EDT Said:

Iowa wins for the following reasons:

1. Ferentz is 3-1 against the SEC.
2. Ferentz is a good bowl coach and is 6-4 overall in bowls. One of the bowls that he lost was to Florida and the refs screwed them.
3. LSU has not seen anything like Iowa.
4. Iowa is just as physical as LSU if not more so.
5. Iowa LB’s are the best LB’s as a group in the country.
6. On ESPN, 80% of the country picked LSU. Anytime 80% pick something, they are wrong.
7. In the history of big games, I like the big underdog. Jets in Super Bowl 3 and Patriots against the Rams.
8. I think LSU and all of the smug arrogant SEC fans think this game is beneath them.

Iowa wins by 2 touchdowns.

Go B1G and Go Hawks!

Ronald Roth on 12/14/2013 @ 4:10pm EDT Said:

first of all the “Experts” are WAY off. The B1G is not down. If you consider that two teams went 8-0 in the B1g this year that gives six teams an automatic two losses. If Iowa was in the SEC they would still be 8-4. MSU, Wisconsin and Iowa all have defenses that will put them in the game with anyone. Iowa plays a team without their starting QB. Nebraska does also. MSU is playing a mirror image defense and a Wisconsin Style offense in Stanford. Ohio State is playing an overrated two loss team from the sixth best conference, yes the WAC is better than the ACC. So in saying this I say the B1G goes 6-1 or 5-2. The only games I think the B1G might lose is the Nebraska game and the Michigan game. Minnesota 27, Syracuse 13. Kansas State 45 Michigan 42 OT, Georgia 27 Nebraska 21. Iowa 24 LSU 16. Wisconsin 31 South Carolina 17. Michigan State 20 Stanford 16. Ohio State 42 Clemson 28.

Moonunit on 12/14/2013 @ 4:49pm EDT Said:

You all need to step away from the BIG Kool-Aid Jug. One of the weakest Conferences in the country this year and your all celebrating victories in the Bowls…..Buahahahahahahaha. It does at least make for good HUMOR.

B1GSparty on 12/15/2013 @ 11:02am EDT Said:

I have to bring up a few points that will make the entire nation rethink which conference is the strongest.

ESPN is contractually obligated to promote the SEC
ESPN is also the major media group which coducts the polls throughout the season. (including the worthless preseason polls)
The SEC has consistantly filled the early polls with teams that are clearly undeserving of rankings at any point in the season.
When heavily ranked conference teams play each other, they dont move down the polls. Conversely, when lightly ranked conference teams play each other, since they arent considered “major players” they arent giventhe opportunity to rise in the polls.
This is a definitive circle which directly benefits the 1 conference which is over represented, and clearly hinders any other conference from joining the conversation.

So, a fair question to all of america is:
And , what if all of america was to buy into the same incompetence that ESPN has been shoveling down our throats, only this time with an obvious bias toward B1G teams.

Spence on 12/17/2013 @ 12:46pm EDT Said:

In agreement with most comments. I believe it will be a 5 – 2 finish w Neb & Mich being the 2.
Wisc worries me as they tend to not live up to their self hype in bowls, OSU is simply stronger than clemson and will win if their heads are on straight, MSU should be packing a chip on their shoulder and stuff stanford, Iowa/Ferentz just play the bowl games and specifically sec teams well and will beat lsu (the 42 point predictions by the “experts” are ludricous), Minn will handle an overmatched ‘cuse.
Every team & fan base needs to realize that this is how you prove the self annoited “talking heads” to be the self promoting “fools”.

Doug on 12/17/2013 @ 9:00pm EDT Said:

hey moonunit, go back to whatever board you came from, nobody wants you here HAHHAHAHHAHA

badgerman55 on 12/18/2013 @ 12:34pm EDT Said:

Wisconsin will win if Stave can keep his erratic play back in Madison They loss to Penn Staate and a BCS invite bwcause he misse several open receivers. Defense and running game couple with a few on target passes can send the Gamecocks home with a loss

Wezilsnout on 12/18/2013 @ 1:42pm EDT Said:

Only three wins for the Big 10: Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin. Even if any of those teams lose, they won’t be humiliated. The other four are going to get their heads handed to them.

kcbuck69 on 12/18/2013 @ 2:59pm EDT Said:

Any guesses as to how many times the Orange Bowl announcers bring up the Woody/Clemson game and how many times they show the video?

Go Bucks!!!

MTnman on 12/18/2013 @ 3:27pm EDT Said:

The most improved team in the Big 10, from beginning to end of regular season, is Iowa; any one of their 4 losses, except, maybe, Wisconsin would end up in the win column.

GoBlue (@SeanRatGoBlue) on 12/19/2013 @ 8:51am EDT Said:

Everyone in A2 is living a lie and the lie is called MICHIGAN FOOTBALL, Brady Joke and Big Al. UMFB has become a punchline to a joke.

Larry Stebbins on 12/19/2013 @ 9:05am EDT Said:

the Big Ten could win 5, may only win 3, but there are some good match ups. Just can’t wait to see my Spartans Win the Rose bowl again. Go Green!!

Buck on 12/19/2013 @ 9:51am EDT Said:

Spence is right on lhough I wish Nebraska good luck. Michigan is a lost cause.

Dylan on 12/19/2013 @ 12:19pm EDT Said:

Iowa is under appreciated I can tell you that much. Iowa pretty consistently brings home bowls wins for the conference and the “experts” still have no respect for them. Unreal . . .

Steve on 12/19/2013 @ 3:17pm EDT Said:

Mark May is so totally anti-Big Ten that it is turning me against the network in general…Can him before he does more damage!

Bruce on 12/20/2013 @ 12:19pm EDT Said:

Mark May has always been anti-Big Ten and especially against Ohio State. Holtz called him out on it a few weeks ago but he does not stop bashing the Big Ten. I thought announcers were suppose to be un-bias and report the information in an objective way. He is entitled to
his opinion but he does a disservice to the network- get rid of him!

Robin Wheatley on 12/20/2013 @ 2:44pm EDT Said:

what do you guys think of ohio vs clemson on the voting evrybody leans towerd ohio but you have to put into mind that the buceyes defense will not be able to stop clemson becuase the are falling apart!

Caleb on 12/21/2013 @ 9:31pm EDT Said:

Lsu all the way!!!! Iowa better be prepared for those tiger! Big 10 is soooooooooo overrated, the only good team is Michigan state

Bruce Machamer on 12/26/2013 @ 5:24pm EDT Said:

To Ken Slocum, I also will be rooting for all the Big Ten teams and I am 67. I am a PSU graduate and can not wait until the sanctions are over to see how well we will do under coach O’Brian (Hopefully he will stay long term).

Kerry Ragsdale on 12/26/2013 @ 6:39pm EDT Said:

So agree that the vested interest of ESPN has shown it ugly head ALL YEAR…if MSU and OSU had been in THAT conference….MSU would be playing for THE title…Auburn has won several times this year on pure luck…not skill!!!

Dan D. Dann on 12/26/2013 @ 11:42pm EDT Said:

“Wood” be interesting if Urban tries to throw a punch at a Clemson player

william eyerly on 12/27/2013 @ 1:34pm EDT Said:

Urban Has A Lot More Class Than That Dan D. Dann.

Brian on 12/27/2013 @ 2:15pm EDT Said:

Big Ten Schools 4, Others 3 (South Carolina, LSU, and Kansas State)

Jeff on 12/27/2013 @ 4:10pm EDT Said:

Iowa and Nebraska are going to get killed. Minnesota should have no problems winning. the other 4 games are going to be close. I say the conference goes 3-4.

Mccainster on 12/28/2013 @ 8:45pm EDT Said:

For all the people who picked Minnesota to win……….HA

Mike on 12/29/2013 @ 8:49am EDT Said:

Robin Wheatley on 12/20/2013 @ 2:44pm EST Said:

what do you guys think of ohio vs clemson on the voting evrybody leans towerd ohio but you have to put into mind that the buceyes defense will not be able to stop clemson becuase the are falling apart!

Yep, that’s about the intelligence level of the scUMmers…I have copied and pasted that comment into every language translator everywhere and nothing comes back.

Mary Brennan on 1/1/2014 @ 8:23pm EDT Said:

Bardo is the only one of you “experts” who picked Nebraska to win. Shame on the rest of you. Huskers are losing patience with your obviously anti-Nebraska bias and wish you would demonstrate some objective professionalism. You drool over these other Big teams while totally ignoring the fact that Nebraska played with unprecedented injuries for most of the season. I think Pelini may have done his best job of coaching this season by getting as much as he did out of so many young and experienced players. You should comment to that accomplishment, not about how the powers of the Big are only Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Erik on 1/1/2014 @ 10:29pm EDT Said:

BTN is the ESPin of the BIG. I lost faith in the network after giving them a three year opportunity.

Repeatedly under represented all schools except Ohio state and Michigan. Sadly, neither won the BIG and the other was lucky to be bowl eligible. I’m sure 2014 is a rinse and repeat session.

Wayne Zeides on 1/3/2014 @ 9:45am EDT Said:

Woody was right…Smack Clemson….go Bucks! Do you remember?

Charles from the SEC on 1/4/2014 @ 2:40am EDT Said:

Final Tally: Out of 7 Bowl games; 2 Big 10 Wins (MSU and Nebraska) 5 (count ’em Five!) Big 10 Losses ( Minn vs Syracuse of the ACC at 6-6 really?, Michigan, Iowa (oh, that’s right, they couldn’t loose; Wisconsin (against little ol’ SC who has finished with three 11 win seasons back to back to back and all three years in the final top 10 nationally, and I almost forgot Ohio State. But did Clemson really win that game?). The big 10 needs players and then they will start winning some bowl games. Until then expect to be voted in the polls as your record shows – LOW.