Big Ten Bowl Projections 2017-18

Where will your favorite Big Ten team be spending the best week of the year? We’ve reviewed four of our favorite publications and their bowl projections, organized by school, follow. After the projections, we’ll offer some quick analysis

Illinois

  • Athlon Sports – Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s – Home for the Holidays

Indiana

  • Athlon Sports – Music City Bowl vs. Kentucky
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Armed Forces Bowl vs.  Army
  • Street & Smith’s – Home for the Holidays

Iowa

  • Athlon Sports – Foster Farms vs. Washington State
  • Sporting News – TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Arkansas
  • Phil Steele – Frisco (TX) Bowl vs. Cincinnati
  • Street & Smith’s – Outback Bowl vs. Georgia

Maryland

  • Athlon Sports – Home for the holidays
  • Sporting News – Pinstripe Bowl  vs. Georgia Tech
  • Phil Steele- Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s – Pinstripe Bowl vs. Georgia Tech

Michigan State

  • Athlon Sports – QuickLane Bowl vs. Wake Forest
  • Sporting News – Foster Farms Bowl vs. Washington State
  • Phil Steele – QuickLane Bowl vs. Western Michigan
  • Street & Smith’s – Foster Farms Bowl vs. Washington State

Michigan

  • Athlon Sports – Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma
  • Sporting News – Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma
  • Phil Steele – Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl vs. LSU
  • Street & Smith’s – Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma

Minnesota

  • Athlon Sports – Armed Forces Bowl vs. Army
  • Sporting News – Quick Lane Bowl vs. North Carolina
  • Phil Steele – Pinstripe Bowl vs. Botston College
  • Street & Smith’s – Quick Lane Bowl vs. North Carolina

Nebraska

  • Athlon Sports – Pinstripe Bowl vs. North Carolina
  • Sporting News – Outback Bowl vs. Georgia
  • Phil Steele – Holiday Bowl  vs. Oregon
  • Street & Smith’s – TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Arkansas

Northwestern

  • Athlon Sports – Holiday Bowl vs. Oregon 
  • Sporting News – Holiday Bowl vs. Utah
  • Phil Steele – Outback Bowl vs. Auburn
  • Street & Smith’s – Holiday Bowl vs. Utah

Ohio State

  • Athlon Sports – Rose Bowl vs. Florida State (CFP Playoff)  
  • Sporting News – Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (CFP Playoff)
  • Phil Steele – Rose Bowl vs. Florida State (CFP Playoff)
  • Street & Smith’s – Rose Bowl vs. Florida State (CFP Playoff)  

Penn State

  • Athlon Sports – Orange Bowl vs. Clemson
  • Sporting News – Fiesta Bowl vs. Washington
  • Phil Steele – Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma
  • Street & Smith’s – Fiesta Bowl vs. Washington

Purdue

  • Athlon Sports – Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s –Home for the Holidays

Rutgers

  • Athlon Sports – Home for the Holidays
  • Sporting News – Home for the Holidays
  • Phil Steele – Home for the Holidays
  • Street & Smith’s –Home for the Holidays

Wisconsin

  • Athlon Sports – Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee 
  • Sporting News – Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl vs. Florida
  • Phil Steele – Orange Bowl vs. Clemson
  • Street & Smith’s – Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl vs. Florida

 

Consensus – All four publications have Ohio State in the College Football Playoff and Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers home for Bowl Week.  All four publications have Wisconsin playing  in Florida, either in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, the Orange Bowl or the Outback  Bowl.   Three of four publications put Northwestern in the Holiday Bowl, Michigan in the Cotton Bowl and Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl

Exceeding Expectations – Only two publications believe Indiana will be bowl eligible, while the picks seem to indicate expected records of about 6–6 for Iowa and Michigan State.  Our prediction is that these teams will be bowl eligible and two will win eight games.

This is the best Northwestern team since the 1995 Rose Bowl team.  The schedule is tough however.

Our Predictions – The only rule is that we have to pick a game for each team that none of the publications have picked, which can be a little difficult.  We’ll do a quick explanation of how they get there.

  • Ohio State –  Orange Bowl – Elite team, see rules for picks. But they must be ready for Indiana.  Really.
  • Wisconsin Fiesta Bowl  – If they don’t slip up . . . could be . .
  • Penn StateCotton Bowl – Can they get back to Indy and more?
  • Michigan Holiday Bowl – Brutal schedule takes toll
  • NebraskaOutback Bowl – Next year will be better
  • IowaMusic City Bowl – Better than people think.
  • NorthwesternFoster Farms Bowl – This is a really good team.
  • Michigan StatePinstripe Bowl  – Back to basics.
  • IndianaQuick  Lane Bowl – The shut-down defense is going to stun someone.  Stun two and the Hoosiers are in Florida.
  • MinnesotaArmed Forces Bowl – The start will be fast, will it lose steam?
  • Illinois – How much Lovie you got? Maybe . . .
  • Purdue – More fun, better days are coming.
  • Maryland – Like what’s happening, a year away.
  • Rutgers – They are getting better, but they need to get much better.

Where do you think teams will be heading?  Remember our rule, you don’t need to follow it!

Why we do this?  – Every fall, once any school becomes bowl eligible during the college football season, we print bowl projections from a variety of sources, and provide some analysis.  We’ll also offer a pick of our own, that may seem crazy (one of our rules is that no one else can have the teams picked) but if you go through our track record, you’ll see we’ve not only been pretty crazy, we’ve also been fairly accurate.  As always, we seek and invite your thoughts and comments.

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