Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, July 8, 2014

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Yes, it's early July. Yes, it's crazy to entertain possible 2014-15 bowl destinations. But, man, it's fun to consider these lists. Athlon Sports recently released its preseason bowl projections, and nine Big Ten teams made the cut. The headliner: Ohio State, in the Rose Bowl, part of the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Big Ten newcomer Maryland is on the list, too, as is Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin.

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See all of Athlon's B1G predictions here:

Heart of Dallas: Maryland vs. UTSA
Pinstripe: Nebraska vs. North Carolina
Holiday: Michigan vs. Southern Cal
Detroit: Northwestern vs. Syracuse
San Francisco: Minnesota vs. Arizona State
Music City: Iowa vs. Missouri
Capital One: Michigan State vs. Ole Miss
Outback: Wisconsin vs. Florida
Rose (College Football Playoff): Ohio State vs. Alabama

This is a solid list, although I wouldn't be surprised if the conference gets eight bowl teams and if Indiana is one of them. Also, I have a feeling Nebraska will be going somewhere better than the Pinstripe Bowl. But, again, it's EARLY.

About Brent Yarina senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for He writes the popular uniform feature "Clothes Call," which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina's RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.