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Big Ten bowl projections: Week 1

9/2/2014

We're only one week into the season, but your fearless Big Ten reporting crew is projecting how the postseason will shape up for the league. (Repeat after me: There are 14 weeks left).

And we have some immediate changes from our preseason projections. Nebraska and Michigan move up, while Iowa moves down. (The Wolverines not only looked pretty good in Week 1, but they're a very popular team for bowls). Northwestern, fresh off a home loss to Cal, is out. Rutgers, which won at Washington State, is in.

Michigan State remains a College Football Playoff pick for us, but this weekend's game at Oregon is obviously crucial to that.

It's ridiculously early, so don't overreact. But here are our latest Big Ten bowl picks:

College Football Playoff semifinal: Michigan State

Chick-fil-A Peach/Cotton: Ohio State

Capital One: Nebraska

Outback: Michigan

National University Holiday Bowl: Wisconsin

TaxSlayer/Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Iowa

San Francisco: Minnesota

New Era Pinstripe: Maryland

Quick Lane: Indiana

Heart of Dallas: Rutgers