Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, December 6, 2015
A conference record-tying 10 Big Ten teams will play in bowl games this postseason, it was announced Sunday afternoon.
Big Ten champion Michigan State headlines the Big Ten bowl participants, earning the No. 3 seed in the second annual College Football Playoff. The Spartans will face SEC champion and No. 2 seed Alabama.
Iowa and Ohio State earned coveted New Year's Six bowl invites, while Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin all are also bowling this holiday season.
Find out more about each Big Ten bowl matchup below:
Time/date/network: 3:30 p.m. ET/Dec. 26/ABC
Tidbit: Indiana is in a bowl game for the first time since 2007.
Indiana (6-6, 2-6 B1G East) will face Duke (7-5, 4-4 ACC Coastal) in the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl, it was announced Sunday afternoon. The game will be held at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 26, with a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ABC. Read full IUHoosiers.com release.
Time/date/network: 5 p.m. ET /Jan. 1/ESPN
Tidbit: Iowa is making its first Rose Bowl Game appearance sine the 1990 season.
The Hawkeyes are making their sixth appearance in the Rose Bowl, but their first appearance in Pasadena since 1991. The Hawkeyes are 2-3 in past Rose Bowl contests with their last victory coming in 1959 against California. Iowa has posted a 14-13-1 record in 28 previous bowl appearances. Read full HawkeyeSports.com release.
Time/date/network: 1 p.m. ET/Jan. 1/ABC
Tidbit: The Wolverines will face former offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who now runs Florida's offense after spending the 2014 season in Ann Arbor.
The 17th-ranked University of Michigan football team will be heading to Florida over the holiday season, squaring off against the 19th-ranked Florida Gators in the 2016 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. This will be the Wolverines fifth appearance in the Citrus Bowl. Read full MGoBlue.com release.
Bowl: Cotton Bowl
Time/date/network: 7 p.m. ET/Dec. 31/ESPN
Tidbit: Alabama won the lone all-time meeting between these two programs, a 49-7 decision in the 2011 Capital One Bowl.
Michigan State (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) was named the third seed in the four-team playoff and will play second-seeded and SEC Champion Alabama (12-1, 7-1 SEC) in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Thursday, Dec. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (time 8 p.m.; TV: ESPN). Read full MSUSpartans.com release.
Bowl: Quick Lane
Opponent: Central Michigan
Time/date/network: 5 p.m. ET/Dec. 28/ESPN2
Tidbit: The Gophers are making their fourth consecutive bowl appearance, one short of the program record from 2002-06.
The University of Minnesota has accepted an invitation to play Central Michigan in the 2015 Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 28. The game will be played at Ford Field and is scheduled for a 4 p.m. CT kickoff and will be televised by ESPN2. Read the full GopherSports.com release.
Bowl: Foster Farms
Time/date/network: 9:15 p.m. ET/Dec. 26/ESPN
Tidbit: The two programs played a home-and-home series in 2012 and 2013, with the Bruins winning both games.
The University of Nebraska has been selected to participate in the 14th Foster Farms Bowl at Levi?s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The Huskers will take on the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12 Conference on Saturday, Dec. 26 with kickoff at 9:15 p.m. ET. Read full Huskers.com release.
Time/date/network: noon ET/Jan. 1/ESPN
Tidbit: The Wildcats faced the Volunteers in the 1997 Citrus Bowl, when Pat Fitzgerald was a star linebacker.
Northwestern has accepted an invitation to the 2016 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. The Wildcats will match up against No. 23 Tennessee of the Southeastern Conference at noon ET on Friday, Jan. 1, at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Read full NUSports.com release.
Opponent: Notre Dame
Time/date/network: 1 p.m. ET/Jan. 1/ESPN
Tidbit: The Buckeyes and the Irish met in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, with the former claiming a 34-20 win.
The 11-1 Ohio State Buckeyes will meet the 10-2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in in Glendale, Ariz. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET. Read full OhioStateBuckeyes.com release.
Time/date/network: noon ET/Jan. 2/ESPN
Tidbit: The Nittany Lions topped the Bulldogs and Herschel Walker, 27-23, in the 1983 Sugar Bowl to claim the national championship.
Penn State returns to a Florida bowl for the first time since the 2010 season when the Nittany Lions take on Southeastern Conference foe Georgia in the 71st annual TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday, January 2 at noon. Read full GoPSUSports.com release.
Time/date/network: 10:30 p.m. ET/Dec. 30/ESPN
Tidbit: The Badgers are 0-6 vs. the Trojans, although the programs haven't met since 1966.
The Wisconsin football team will make its first appearance in the Holiday Bowl after accepting an invitation Sunday afternoon to face USC on Dec. 30 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Read full UWBadgers.com release.