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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Big Ten bowl projections: Week 1

By Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

After one week of games, we've figured out exactly where every Big Ten team is going bowling. (Insert guffaw here).

Sure, we're still doing a lot of speculating and projecting here, but it's fun to do. We didn't see a whole lot in Week 1 that changed our minds about our preseason bowl picks, except we erased Purdue as an at-large bowl team. Not that the 1-0 Boilermakers can't win at least five more, but we want to see a little more evidence that they're capable of that.

On to our ridiculously early bowl picks:

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

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Nebraska vs. BCS team

Capital One Bowl: Ohio State vs. SEC team

Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. SEC team

Gator Bowl: Penn State vs. SEC team

Insight Bowl: Michigan State vs. Big 12 team

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

TicketCity Bowl: Illinois vs. Big 12 team

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Northwestern vs. MAC team