Big Ten bowl projections: Week 3


After a Saturday filled with carnage for the Big Ten, it's kind of hard to think about bowls.

But, hey, things will get better, and bowls will still be filled by Big Ten teams -- and their massive fan bases -- in December and January. And it's our job to try and forecast them, even at this ridiculously early date.

Following troubling losses by Nebraska and Wisconsin, we no longer project a league team gaining a BCS at-large bid. For now. So that bumps everybody down a notch. The big movers this week are Northwestern, which improved to 2-0 by beating Vanderbilt, and Minnesota, which looked good enough against New Hampshire to convince us it can grab at least two Big Ten wins and get bowl eligible. Which all of a sudden doesn't look too hard to do in this league.

Iowa and Illinois took a tumble after poor showings on Saturday, while Indiana is inching closer after a 2-0 start.

The rundown:

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1): Michigan State

Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1): Michigan

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1): Nebraska

Gator Bowl (Jan. 1): Wisconsin

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Dec. 29): Purdue

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Dec. 28): Northwestern

TicketCity Bowl (Jan. 1): Iowa

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Dec. 26): Illinois

At-large (TBA): Minnesota