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Big 10 Bowl Projections

During the fall, we publish bowl projections from around football experts web every week beginning after any team gets to six wins.  We also provide analysis on the projections and make a pick ourselves we call, “The Crazy Bowl Projection.”   This week, we are providing pre-season bowl projections and commentary on the Power 5 conferences,  and next week we’ll provide projections for notable independents and several leading Group of 5 teams.

Illinois

  • No bowl projected

Indiana

  • Athlon Sports – Quick Lane Bowl
  • Phil Steele – Heart of Dallas  Bowl

Iowa

  • Athlon Sports – Holiday Bowl
  • College Football News – Holiday Bowl
  • Phil Steele – Holiday Bowl
  • Sporting News – Heart of Dallas Bowl
  • Street & Smith’s – Holiday Bowl

Maryland

  • Athlon Sports – Music City Bowl
  • College Football News – Pinstripe Bowl
  • Phil Steele – Quick Lane Bowl
  • Street & Smith’s – San Francisco Bowl

Michigan

  • Athlon Sports – Rose Bowl
  • College Football News – Fiesta Bowl
  • Phil Steele – Peach Bowl
  • Sporting News – Peach Bowl
  • Street & Smith’s – Fiesta Bowl

Michigan State

  • Athlon Sports – Citrus Bowl
  • College Football News – Peach Bowl
  • Phil Steele – Outback Bowl
  • Sporting News – Outback Bowl
  • Street & Smith’s – Outback Bowl

Minnesota

  • Athlon Sports – Heart of Dallas Bowl
  • Phil Steele – San Francisco Bowl
  • Sporting News – Quick Lane Bowl

Nebraska

  • Athlon Sports – Pinstripe Bowl
  • College Football News – Outback Bowl
  • Phil Steele – Pinstripe Bowl
  • Sporting News – San Francisco Bowl
  • Street & Smith’s – Gator Bowl

Northwestern

  • Athlon Sports – San Francisco Bowl
  • College Football News – Gator Bowl
  • Phil Steele – Gator Bowl
  • Sporting News – Holiday Bowl
  • Street & Smith’s – Quick Lane Bowl

Ohio State

  • Athlon Sports – Cotton Bowl (Playoff)
  • College Football News – Orange Bowl (Playoff)
  • Phil Steele – Cotton Bowl (Playoff)
  • Sporting News – Cotton Bowl (Playoff)
  • Street & Smith’s – Orange Bowl (Playoff)

Penn State

  • Athlon Sports – Peach Bowl
  • College Football News – Citrus Bowl
  • Phil Steele – Citrus Bowl
  • Sporting News – Citrus Bowl
  • Street & Smith’s – Citrus Bowl

Purdue

  • Athlon Sports – Outback Bowl
  • College Football News – Quick Lane Bowl
  • Sporting News – Pinstripe Bowl
  • Street & Smith’s – Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers

  • College Football News – San Francisco Bowl

Wisconsin

  • Athlon Sports – Fiesta Bowl
  • College Football News – Rose Bowl
  • Phil Steele – Rose Bowl
  • Sporting News – Rose Bowl
  • Street & Smith’s – Rose Bowl

Going Bowling – Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin were chosen by all five sources to appear in a bowl game.

Three by Committee – All five sources believe that Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin will appear in New Year’s Six games.  At least one source picked Penn State and Michigan State to appear in a New Year’s Six bowl.

Dotting the I – All five of the sources placed Ohio State in the College Football Playoff.

The Consensus – Four of the sources place Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, Penn State in the Citrus Bowl and Iowa in the Holiday Bowl.

Our Crazy Bowl Projection – Minnesota in the Music City Bowl – The Gophers are aroused and ready to stun someone!  The rodents have an early challenge against Fresno State, and then must travel to Maryland.  If they can avoid traps, being P.J. Fleck could be a very good thing this fall.

What if we did the entire conference this way?  What makes them crazy is that we try to make sure none of our selections cannot have been made by any of the five sources sampled and that really limits the bowl choices.  We’ll briefly explain how the teams get to the bowls we are picking.  After the bowl season, we’ll take a look back.

  • Wisconsin – (Playoff) – Has to be an beat the Champions of the West and win the Big Ten Championship Game,
  • Ohio State – Rose Bowl – The secret to beating the Buckeyes has been to play them on a wet, windy day.
  • Michigan State – Fiesta Bowl – A really good team, playing for each other.
  • Iowa – Citrus Bowl – Their last visit to Orlando was magical for the Hawkeyes
  • Penn State – Outback Bowl – Schedule features against Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa.
  • Michigan – Holiday Bowl – Open at Notre Dame, play in East Lansing and Columbus and have the Badgers and Nittany Lions at home.
  • Minnesota– Music City  – If the Gophers can teach the Bulldogs how to behave and slow down the Terps, they could win eight or more!
  • Northwestern – Pinstripe Bowl – The Cats host Wisconsin, Michigan and Notre Dame and travel to Iowa, Duke and Michigan State.
  • Nebraska – Quick Lane Bowl – Scott Frost has them believing.
  • Purdue– San Francisco Bowl – The Bay Area was good last year!
  • Indiana, Illinois, Maryland and Rutgers – No bowl projected, but a these four could surprise.  The Terps will have to be slow and steady to get to bowl eligibility with a really tough schedule.  The Scarlet Knights close out against Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State.  Illinois is very young, they have only three Senior starters.  Indiana has only three back on defense.

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