Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, November 16, 2014

Jerry Palm, of, has released his latest bowl projections. He has nine Big Ten teams in the postseason.


None are in the playoffs, but two are in ?selection committee? bowls.

Palm's updated playoff features: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl and No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

Here is how he lines up the Big Ten.

Cotton: Ohio State vs. TCU

Fiesta: Michigan State vs. Mississippi State

Citrus: Maryland vs. Auburn

Outback: Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M

TaxSlayer: Minnesota vs. Missouri

Foster Farms: Iowa vs. Arizona State

Holiday: Nebraska vs. UCLA

Pinstripe: Penn State vs. Georgia Tech

Zaxby?s: Rutgers vs. Louisiana Tech

View Palm's view bowl projection.

My thoughts?

The lack of a Big Ten team in the Quick Lane Bowl surprises me, because I think the Big Ten will have a team for that spot. In fact, it may have two.

The teams are Michigan and Northwestern. The Wolverines (5-5) need to win one of their final two (vs. Maryland; at Ohio State), while the Wildcats (4-6) must win out (at Purdue; vs. Illinois ).

I think both will get to six wins, meaning the Big Ten would have to find a spot for the extra team with all of its slots accounted for.

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