Michigan is still seeking that elusive breakthrough season under Jim Harbaugh, who is in his third year in Ann Arbor. It didn’t happen in 2017. But the Wolverines will be making their Big Ten-high sixth appearance in the Outback Bowl, taking on South Carolina from the SEC.
Just four points separated Penn State from a perfect record and a Big Ten title game berth. Alas, the Nittany Lions landed in the Fiesta with a matchup vs. Washington, a playoff participant last year. No doubt, this is one of the most enticing bowl matchups in the postseason landscape.
Wisconsin had its hopes set on making the playoff for the first time, but the loss to Ohio State—the Badgers’ first of the season after a 12-0 start--in the Big Ten title game killed those dreams. But landing in the Orange Bowl vs. Miami offers a good opportunity to close the season with a victory vs. a marquee foe.
The Boilermakers will be making their first bowl appearance since the 2012 season. And with a win, the program will have its first winning season since 2011.
With a week of Big Ten play in the books, Dot Commentary's debate focus shifts from football to hoops and looks at the conference's biggest surprises (both positive and negative) so far.
After missing the postseason in 2016, Michigan State is back in the bowl business with a trip to Holiday Bowl, the program’s first-ever appearance in the game.
Indiana saw its two-year bowl run end during Tom Allen’s debut season in Bloomington. The Hoosiers almost pushed through to the postseason, needing to win their finale at Purdue to reach 6-6. Alas, Indiana lost to the Boilermakers, 31-24, after winning its two previous games.
This will be Iowa’s first trip to the Pinstripe Bowl and its first meeting with Boston College, as the Hawkeyes look to cap what has been a season of ups and downs. There was the high of pounding then-No. 3 Ohio State, 55-24, and the low of losing on the last play vs. then-No. 4 Penn State, 21-19.
Tom Dienhart takes a look back at Illinois' 2017 season, including key moments and players.
Northwestern will be making its eighth bowl trip in the last 10 years, as Pat Fitzgerald continues to take this program to higher levels. This year, it's the Music City Bowl vs. Kentucky, in a battle of Wildcats.