Bowl Projections: Michigan State enters playoff in Palm's latest list

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Bowl Projections: Michigan State enters playoff in Palm's latest list

Time to take the temperature of the Big Ten’s bowl picture with Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. And with Ohio State getting dumped, things look different.

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First order of business: Indiana is back in the bowl picture, giving the Big Ten nine bowl teams—up one from last week’s list.

Big picture: Ohio State no longer is part of the playoff after getting stunned at home by Big Ten East rival Michigan State, which has taken the Buckeyes’ spot and is taking on No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.

The other semifinal: No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

That means, despite being the Big Ten’s lone unbeaten and one of two perfect teams in the nation, Iowa isn’t in Palm’s playoff bracket. Instead, the Hawkeyes remain in the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford—just like last week.

Ohio State falls from the playoffs to a selection committee bowl spot in the Fiesta vs. Houston.

BIG TEN BOWLS
Indiana: Foster Farms vs. Washington State
Iowa: Rose vs. Stanford
Michigan: Citrus vs. Georgia
Michigan State: Cotton vs. Alabama
Nebraska: Armed Forces vs. Air Force
Northwestern: Outback vs. LSU
Ohio State: Fiesta vs. Houston
Penn State: Music City vs. Ole Miss
Wisconsin: Holiday vs. Utah

View Palm’s full projections.

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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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