Big Ten bowl projections: Week 6

October, 9, 2011
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The second week of conference play brought the first major change to our weekly bowl projections: Nebraska is no longer picked to get a BCS at-large bid.

No offense to the Huskers, whose comeback win over Ohio State was pretty special. We just have a hard time seeing this team going undefeated the rest of the way, and even one loss plus a setback in the Dec. 3 Big Ten title game would leave Nebraska at 9-3.

So will the Big Ten get a second team into the BCS this year? And if so, who? The Legends Division looks wide smoking open.

We say the Big Ten will get a second BCS team, if for no other reason than teams from the league remain very attractive to big bowls. Our choice for that second spot this week is Michigan. The Wolverines are 6-0 and are 2-0 in Big Ten play, with a pretty advantageous schedule the rest of the way. They are as much of a threat to get to Indianapolis as anyone in the Legends Division.

One important change to our bowl order this week. We were reminded that the Insight Bowl will pick ahead of the Gator this year, so that game climbs a notch in our pecking order.

With that in mind, here are latest Big Ten bowl projections:

Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio: Wisconsin vs. BCS team

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Michigan vs. BCS team

Capital One Bowl: Illinois vs. SEC team

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. SEC team

Insight Bowl: Nebraska vs. Big 12 team

TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl: Penn State vs. SEC team

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Ohio State vs. Big 12 team

TicketCity Bowl: Iowa vs. Big 12 team

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Northwestern vs. MAC team

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