Sunday, December 8, 2013
Big Ten bowl projections
By Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg
It's all over except for the official bowl selections.
Those will come out Sunday night. But before we know for sure where Big Ten teams are going bowling, we've got one last set of projections.
Michigan State's Big Ten championship game win over Ohio State obviously sends the Spartans to the Rose Bowl. And it all but guarantees two BCS bids for the Big Ten, as someone will snatch up the Buckeyes. We think that the Discover Orange Bowl makes the most sense.
The next two bowls are pretty easy to figure out. Wisconsin will go to the Capital One Bowl, where they should face a strong SEC opponent. Iowa, coming off a nice finish to the year, will enjoy the no-rules, just-right feeling at the Outback Bowl.
The biggest debate involves the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl selection. From what we're hearing, that game favors Michigan over Nebraska. That could change, but we're going with it for now. That leaves Nebraska to the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. How many Huskers fans would travel to Jacksonville if that's the case?
Minnesota has an argument for a better bowl than Michigan or Nebraska, but the Gophers still lack the brand name or traveling reputation. So it's back to Texas for a second straight year for Jerry Kill's guys.
We'll find out later Sunday night if we were right.
Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO, Jan. 1: Michigan State
Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 3: Ohio State
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: Wisconsin
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Iowa
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28: Michigan
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Nebraska
Texas Bowl, Dec. 27: Minnesota
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1: Not filled
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Dec. 26: Not filled