Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, September 22, 2014

With four weeks in our rear-view mirror, let?s take a look at how the postseason could shape up. Here is my first stab at bowl projections.

As you can tell, I don?t project a Big Ten team in the new four-team playoff. That, of course, could change if some top teams (Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma) struggle and lose games in ensuing weeks and the Spartans keep on winning.

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Cotton: Michigan State vs. Baylor
Capital One: Ohio State vs. Georgia
Outback: Wisconsin vs. Missouri
Holiday: Nebraska vs. USC
TaxSlayer: Penn State vs. South Carolina
San Francisco: Iowa vs. Arizona State
Pinstripe: Maryland vs. Pitt
Quick Lane: Michigan vs. North Carolina
Heart of Dallas: Minnesota vs. Houston

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