Bowl Projections: Big Ten down to eight teams on Jerry Palm's list

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Bowl Projections: Big Ten down to eight teams on Jerry Palm's list

Time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s bowl picture with Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. This week, Palm has eight Big Ten teams in the postseason, with Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota falling off his chart.

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Last week, Palm had 11 Big Ten teams in bowls. The only programs left out: Maryland, Rutgers and Purdue. See last week’s list.

There are no changes at the top of Palm’s bowl projections, as just like last week Ohio State is the No. 1 seed in the playoffs playing in the Orange Bowl. But the Buckeyes’ opponent has changed, going from Stanford to Oklahoma. Clemson (No. 2) and Alabama (No. 3) are still paired in the Cotton Bowl in the other playoff matchup.

Iowa and Michigan State remain in the same Selection Committee Bowls as last week, but their opponents have changed. The Hawkeyes are paired vs. Stanford (was Utah) in the Rose Bowl, while the Spartans are matched with Florida State (was Notre Dame) in the Peach Bowl.

BIG TEN BOWLS
Iowa: Rose vs. Stanford
Michigan: Citrus vs. Florida
Michigan State: Peach vs. Florida State
Nebraska: Music City vs. Arkansas
Northwestern: Outback vs. Georgia
Ohio State: Orange vs. Oklahoma
Penn State: Foster Farms vs. Oregon
Wisconsin: Holiday vs. Utah

See Palm’s latest list.

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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, Citrus
Biggest bowl omission: Indiana
Best shot to slip off this chart: Nebraska

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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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