Big Ten: Bowl projections 0813
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
The Big Ten bowl picture is fairly clear with the regular season wrapped up. Barring a string of unlikely events, Penn State will be headed to the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. The other Big Ten teams -- and the Nittany Lions, for that matter -- all are hoping Oregon knocks off Oregon State, clearing a path for Ohio State to earn a BCS at-large berth. Should the Beavers fall, the rest of the Big Ten probably moves up. If the Beavers prevail, the Big Ten probably stays put.
I thought Oregon State would lose to Arizona, and if the Wildcats had bothered to, you know, play defense in the final two minutes, it would have come true. Now that the Beavers have survived, they appear in good shape to beat Oregon.
To recap the situation:
Bowl eligible (7): Penn State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten), Ohio State (10-2, 7-1), Michigan State (9-3, 6-2), Northwestern (9-3, 5-3), Iowa (8-4, 5-3), Minnesota (7-5, 3-5), Wisconsin (7-5, 3-5)
Staying home (4): Illinois (5-7, 3-5), Michigan (3-8, 2-5), Purdue (3-8, 1-6), Indiana (3-8, 1-6)
Big Ten bowl tie-ins (in order): Rose/BCS, Capital One, Outback, Alamo, Champs Sports, Insight, Motor City
Here are the team-by-team projections: