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Week 3 Bowl Projections: Badgers vs. Bielema?

Brian Wozniak

Gordon Breaks Out 37-Yard TD Run

Another week, another round of bowl projections. Just one Big Ten team lost on Saturday, with Indiana falling at home to Navy, 41-35. The other 11 schools won. But my bowl projections have changed—at least the lower-tier bowl projections.

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Dienhart: Iowa enters Week 2 bowl projections

C.J. Fiedorowicz

C.J. Fiedorowicz 11-Yard Touchdown

One week down—and my bowl projections already have changed following a 10-2 opening week. Don’t tell me that you’re surprised. The first week of the season was more kind to some than others. I’m looking at you, Nebraska and Purdue. And, yes, that’s Iowa you see moving into my bowl picture—even after a loss, which gave me some faith in this Hawkeyes team. Without further adieu, my Week 2 bowl projections.

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Dienhart: My latest Big Ten bowl projections

November 23, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Braylon Heard (5) runs the football against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium.

Burkhead Rushes for a Touchdown

Reese Strickland-US PRESSWIRE

The regular season is over. All that’s left is the Big Ten title game, which could alter the Big Ten bowl projections at the top of the pecking order.

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Dienhart: My Week 13 bowl projections

Taylor Martinez

Tom Osborne Tribute

The Big Ten bowl picture continues to solidify. Nebraska remains the favorite to get to the Rose Bowl. But with Notre Dame—my projection last week to play the Huskers in Pasadena–now projected to play in the BCS title game, the Cornhuskers have a new foe: Oregon.

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Bowl projections: Irish vs. Huskers in Rose Bowl

Bo Pelini

A Turner Touchdown Against Penn State

This much we know: Wisconsin will play either Nebraska or Michigan in the Big Ten title game. All three are coming off wins and figure to land nice bowl slots, regardless of what the matchup ends up being in Indianapolis.

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Bowl projections: Six Big Ten teams on Week 11 list

Bo Pelini & Brady Hoke

Gardner Buys Time, Hits Dileo in the Endzone

No changes at the top of my bowl projections this week with Nebraska and Michigan taking care of business, and Wisconsin and Northwestern being off. But the “lower-tier” bowls are in flux.

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Dienhart: The monetary impact of one BCS team

US Presswire

Step Into My Office - Bret Bielema

With just over a month to play, the bowl picture is starting to come into focus. You can’t talk bowls without talking bowl payouts. And, in 2012, the Big Ten’s postseason bottom line may take a hit.

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Bowl projections: Boilers out, Huskers looking rosy

Ameer Abdullah

P.J. Smith Interception

The bowl picture got a bit jumbled after a topsy-turvy weekend. The big winner was Nebraska, which moved into the Rose Bowl slot with its triumph over Michigan. The Legends Division is the Cornhuskers if they win out, which could set up a likely clash with Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. The Huskers beat the Badgers, 30-27, earlier this season.

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Dienhart: My Week 9 Big Ten bowl projections

Dennis Norfleet

Week 8 Sights and Sounds

Michigan further solidified its status as the Rose Bowl front-runner in the Big Ten with a third win in a row. This time, the Wolverines dumped Michigan State, 12-10, ending the Spartans’ four-game winning skein in the series.

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Dienhart: My Week 8 Big Ten bowl projections

Kain Colter

Mark Bursts Up the Middle for 48-Yard TD

Northwestern became the first Big Ten team to reach bowl eligibility with its 21-13 win at Minnesota. Wisconsin also enhanced its bowl prospects with a dominating 38-14 win at Purdue, as the Badgers now look like the clear favorite to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten title game.

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Dienhart: My bowl projections as race shapes up

Michigan Football Fans

Week 6 Sights and Sounds

Six weeks are in the books, and the bowl picture is coming into a bit sharper focus … a bit. To review: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—but it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are banned from the postseason in 2012.

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Week 6 Bowl Projections: Illinois off latest list

Nathan Scheelhaase

Big Ten Football Report - Oct. 1, 2012

Five weeks are in the books, and the bowl picture is coming into a bit sharper focus … a bit. To review: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—but it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012.

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Dienhart: Week 5 bowl projections

Donnell Kirkwood

Kirkwood TD Run

Four weeks are in the books, but the bowl picture remains a work-in-progress—as usual To review: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—but it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012.

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Bowl Projections: Michigan headed to Fiesta Bowl

Denard Robinson

Denard Rushes for a 36 Yard TD

Three weeks are in the books, but the bowl picture remains a work-in-progress. To review: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—but it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012.

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Bowl Projections: Dienhart's list post Week 2

Le'Veon Bell

Big Ten Blast: Sept. 10th Afternoon Update

The season is still in its infancy, so the bowl picture remains lucid. Very lucid. The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—and it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are on NCAA and banned from the postseason in 2012.

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Dienhart: Weekly Bowl Projections

The bowl picture is firming up, but the Big Ten may feel a squeeze if it gets 10 bowl eligible teams, as the conference has just eight bowl slots guaranteed. A win by Purdue at Indiana would give the league 10 bowl eligible squads, meaning the Big Ten would need other leagues to fail to have enough bowl eligible teams to accommodate all of their schools.

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Dienhart: Weekly Bowl Projections

Wisconsin's Russell Wilson

Fitz Toussaint: One-on-One

Just one more victory. That’s all Purdue and Northwestern need to become bowl eligible. And if each makes it, the Big Ten will have 10 bowl-eligible teams. However, the Big Ten has just eight bowl slots. Two more would need to be found for all of the Big Ten teams to find a postseason home. That means the Big Ten needs other leagues or schools to fail to have enough bowl eligible teams to fill their bowl slots.

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Dienhart: Weekly Bowl Projections

Eight teams—four from each division—are bowl eligible, filling all of the Big Ten’s bowl slots. For now, I just don’t see the Big Ten getting a second BCS bowl slot, but there’s still lots of football left.

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Dienhart: Weekly Bowl Projections

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

MarQueis Gray: One-on-One

Penn State is the lone Big Ten squad that is unbeaten in league play. But it has a tough stretch run—Nebraska, at Ohio State, at Wisconsin–giving the Badgers a shot to still win the Leaders Division and advance to the conference title game.

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Dienhart: Weekly Bowl Projections

Nebraska's Tyler Legate

Keith Nichol on Michigan State's Hail Mary Victory

Wisconsin’s loss at Michigan State likely cost it a shot at playing in the BCS title game. It also cost the Badgers a spot in the Rose Bowl—for now. And the Big Ten may be in peril of having to settle for just one BCS bowl slot, which hasn’t happened since the 2004 season. Here’s what we know for sure: Indiana already has been eliminated from bowl contention. Purdue, Northwestern and Minnesota have work to do to get into postseason position. The others will continue to jockey for position. See how BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart slots the Big Ten teams in bowl games after eight weeks of the season in this post.

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