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The regular season is over, the Big Ten title game is in the books, and now it’s time for bowl season (view bowl schedule). Before we offer our bowl predictions, though, it’s time to find out how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our title game picks. Let’s just say no saw what was coming in Indy.
There is no rest for Penn State coaches, who in addition to recruiting prep players also must fight to retain their current players, who can transfer to other schools without penalty up until the start of training camp next August. Read about that and other Big Ten grid news in my daily links.
The bowl matchups are set as the Big Ten filled seven of its eight bowl slots. Four of the matchups are rematches of previous bowls. Here is a quick take on each bowl, with more analysis in coming days.
Wisconsin used first-half runs of 14-0 and 12-0 to take control and put together an 11-0 run early in the second half as it cruised past previously unbeaten California 81-56 on Sunday. Four Wisconsin players scored in double digits. Ben Brust led the Badgers (5-3) with a season-high 22 points. Jared Berggren had 18 points, Ryan Evans 13, and Sam Dekker added 10 points for the home team.
We roll right into the college football bowl announcements tonight with “The Big Ten Bowl Selection Special” at 9 p.m. ET. Dave Revsine hosts the 60-minute special and Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith give their insights on each Big Ten bowl matchup. Select coaches also will be interviewed during the show, which airs live from the Chicago studio.