Sunday, October 2, 2011
Big Ten bowl projections: Week 5
By Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg
The first week of conference play cleared up a few things in the Big Ten.
It's pretty clear, at least for now, that Wisconsin is the best team in the league. And the gap is pretty large, though that can change. We may need to take Michigan seriously, and Illinois just keeps on winning. Ohio State has some major problems, while Nebraska still has much to prove since the Cornhuskers have never won a Big Ten game. Iowa is a squad that soon could move up this list, while Purdue still has a ways to go before it can be considered a bowl team.
With that in mind, here are latest (and yet still very early) Big Ten bowl projections:
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO: Wisconsin vs. BCS team
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Nebraska vs. BCS team
Capital One Bowl: Michigan vs. SEC team
Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. SEC team
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl: Illinois vs. SEC team
Insight Bowl: Ohio State vs. Big 12 team
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Iowa vs. Big 12 team
TicketCity Bowl: Penn State vs. Big 12 team
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Northwestern vs. MAC team