Sunday, December 8, 2013
Big Ten bowl lineup set
By Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg
The Big Ten bowl lineup is all set. Here it is:
Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO, Jan. 1: Michigan State vs. Stanford
Discover Orange Bowl, Jan. 3: Ohio State vs. Clemson
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Iowa vs. LSU
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28: Michigan vs. Kansas State
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Nebraska vs. Georgia
Texas Bowl, Dec. 27: Minnesota vs. Syracuse
Here's a complete schedule for all the bowls, along with kickoff times and TV information.
The Big Ten lineup is never easy and will be challenging again this time around. Wisconsin and Iowa in particular will have to play at their best against talented SEC teams.
Nebraska fans can't be too pleased about a rematch with Georgia, the Huskers' opponent in the 2013 Capital One Bowl. Both teams are playing without their quarterbacks and the game represents a chance for Bo Pelini to quiet his critics momentarily. We likely won't see such rematches next year, as the Big Ten takes more control in the bowl pairings. Nebraska goes bowling in Florida for the third consecutive season.
The league matches up well in its two BCS games, although Stanford and Clemson are both outstanding when they bring their 'A' games. Ohio State faces Clemson for the first time since the infamous Woody Hayes punch in the 1978 Gator Bowl.
Minnesota will be favored to beat Syracuse and finish with nine wins as it returns to Houston, and Michigan also could end its season on a positive note if it builds on its performance in The Game against Ohio State.
We'll have much more to come on these bowls.