Bowl Projections: Illini, Huskers fall off Jerry Palm's latest list

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Bowl Projections: Illini, Huskers fall off Jerry Palm's latest list

Time to take the Big Ten’s bowl temperature. That means checking in with the great Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. No changes at the top, but Illinois and Nebraska have fallen from Palm’s projections. That drops the Big Ten’s projected bowl teams from 10 to eight.

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Last week, Palm had Illinois in the Foster Farms Bowl playing UCLA. Nebraska was in the Pinstripe Bowl vs. Duke. But each team is struggling. The Fighting Illini (4-4) lost their fourth game in a row, falling 39-0 at Penn State. The Cornhuskers (3-6) got 55-45 dumped at Purdue, Nebraska’s fourth loss in five games.

Palm still has Ohio State as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, taking on No. 4 Clemson in the Orange Bowl. TCU is No. 2 and Alabama is No. 3 in the Cotton Bowl, just like last week.

No changes in the Selection Committee Bowls, either, as Michigan State is still playing Stanford in the Rose Bowl. And Iowa is again battling Houston in the Peach Bowl. The Cougars remain unbeaten under former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman. The Hawkeyes, of course, also are perfect. This would be a great non-playoff clash.

In case you’re wondering, this is what Palm’s projections looked like last week.

BIG TEN BOWLS
Iowa: Houston in the Peach Bowl
Michigan: Florida in the Citrus Bowl
Michigan State: Stanford in the Rose Bowl
Minnesota: UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl
Northwestern: Texas A&M in the Outback Bowl
Ohio State: Clemson in the Orange Bowl
Penn State: Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl
Wisconsin: Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl

View Palm’s full projections.

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AT A GLANCE
Bowl teams: 8
Playoff teams: 1
Selection committee teams: 2
Best non-playoff/selection committee bowl: Michigan vs. Florida in Citrus
Biggest bowl omission: Indiana
Best shot to slip off this chart: Minnesota

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Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer

About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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