Michigan State's win against Wisconsin shook up the Big Ten race. And it also has caused some aftershocks in our bowl projections.
We would not be surprised to see the Spartans and Badgers meet again in Indianapolis for a Big Ten title game rematch. (And, frankly, after that instant classic, we'd very much enjoy that development). Given how impressive they've looked the past three games, we have to put Michigan State on top of our bowl projections and in the coveted Rose Bowl slot (the BCS title game option has been vaporized, naturally).
We also flip-flopped Iowa and Illinois from last week. The Hawkeyes should get their third straight win next week, against Minnesota, while Illinois has lost two straight and must go to State College in Week 9. Plus, Iowa's fan base is always attractive to bowls.
Finally, we kicked Northwestern out of the projections as the Wildcats lost their fifth straight game, falling to 2-5. We instead give the final conference tie-in to Purdue, which upset Illinois on Saturday. The Boilermakers still have to win two more games, but they do get to play Indiana and have a lot more momentum right now than Northwestern.
Without further ado:
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO: Michigan State vs. BCS team
Allstate Sugar Bowl: Wisconsin vs. BCS team
Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. SEC team
Outback Bowl: Michigan vs. SEC team
Insight Bowl: Penn State vs. Big 12 team
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl: Ohio State vs. SEC team
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Iowa vs. Big 12 team
TicketCity Bowl: Illinois vs. Big 12 team
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Purdue vs. MAC team