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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Big Ten bowl projections: Week 3

By Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg

We're three weeks in now, and though we didn't expect the bowl picture to be clear at this very early stage, it's especially tough to predict right now.

With Ohio State and Michigan State losing where do you put those teams? We moved Illinois up after the Illini beat Arizona State. Michigan also takes a jump up. Do we necessarily think those two teams are better than Ohio State and Michigan State? Not necessarily. But Illinois and Michigan have accomplished more so far, and they also have slightly easier schedules (and we are free to change our minds frequently between now and December).

The projections:

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO: Wisconsin vs. BCS team

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Nebraska vs. BCS team

Capital One Bowl: Illinois vs. SEC team

Outback Bowl: Ohio State vs. SEC team

Gator Bowl: Michigan vs. SEC team

Insight Bowl: Michigan State vs. Big 12 team

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Penn State vs. Big 12 team

TicketCity Bowl: Iowa vs. Big 12 team

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Northwestern vs. MAC team