Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, September 30, 2013

It?s never too early to make postseason plans, right? Yes, it is. Well, forget all of that and play along with me in my weekly bowl projections. It?s fun to play make-believe! Iowa was the biggest mover in my weekly bowl prognostications, as I now have the Hawkeyes in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, where they would play Baylor. Minnesota fell to the Little Caesar?s Bowl-if it is able to reach bowl eligibility, which could be difficult.

In the end, the Big Ten may have difficulty filling all of its bowl slots. Penn State is ineligible, while Indiana and Purdue are long, long, long, long, long shots.

Here are my latest bowl projections.

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BCS title game, Jan. 6 BCS No 1 vs. No. 2 Ohio State vs. Alabama
Rose Bowl, Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. BCS/Pac-12 Northwestern vs. Oregon
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. SEC Wisconsin vs. Georgia
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. SEC Michigan vs. Florida
Gator Bowl, Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. SEC Nebraska vs. Ole Miss
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28 Big Ten vs. Big 12 Iowa vs. Baylor
Texas Bowl, Dec. 27 Big Ten vs. Big 12 Michigan State vs. Texas
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. C-USA Illinois vs. Rice
Little Caesars Pizza, Dec. 26 Big Ten vs. MAC Minnesota vs. Ohio


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