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Big Ten bowl projections: Week 11

Barring a slew of upsets in the final two weeks, the Big Ten now has three teams competing for two BCS bowl spots.

The big question: Will Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State all win out?

It's certainly possible, but I tend to think that Iowa's loss at Northwestern isn't the final plot twist in the Big Ten race. Although Penn State certainly didn't look great in the final 30 minutes in Columbus, I still think the Nittany Lions will pose a tough matchup for Michigan State on Nov. 27. The Spartans are a very good team that has proven it can overcome adversity, but can they handle Happy Valley in what could be the biggest game in recent team history?

For now, I'm sticking with my Penn State pick over Michigan State, as well as Ohio State beating Iowa this week. Both Wisconsin and Ohio State are projected to win out.

Will Illinois become bowl eligible? I'm not so sure any more, but I'm giving Ron Zook's crew the benefit of the doubt.

Again, these are subject to change in a week, but here's how I see things shaking out.

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. BCS team

Fiesta/Sugar/Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. BCS team

Capital One Bowl: Michigan State vs. SEC team

Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. SEC team

Gator Bowl: Penn State vs. SEC team

Insight Bowl: Michigan vs. Big 12 team

Texas Bowl: Northwestern vs. Big 12 team

TicketCity Bowl: Illinois vs. Big 12 team

The Big Ten isn't projected to fill its slot in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Minnesota can't get bowl eligible, and neither Purdue nor Indiana is projected to do so.