ESPN has updated its Big Ten bowl game projections following Week 8 of the 2013 college football season.
As expected, Ohio State is far and away the top-ranked team in the conference with the unveiling of the first BCS Standings. However, despite winning 19 straight games, the Buckeyes only rank fourth behind Alabama, Florida State and Oregon. That means coach Urban Meyer’s squad would head to the Rose Bowl if the season ended today, not the BCS national title game.
Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan and Michigan State all still have a shot at earning a BCS at-large berth, although those hopes are slim to none. The Badgers have a healthy shot at finishing 10-2 and might earn a berth in the Capital One Bowl. Both Nebraska and Michigan only have one loss, but are predicted to limp to at least one other down the stretch and come in behind Wisconsin in the bowl game totem pole.
As for the bottom of the conference, Minnesota’s road upset of Northwestern shook things up. The Wildcats looked fantastic, but injuries have sent this team to three consecutive losses and in danger of falling out of the projections altogether.
Check out the full 2013 Big Ten bowl game projections below.
Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO, Jan. 1: Ohio State
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: Wisconsin
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Nebraska
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28: Michigan
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Michigan State
Texas Bowl, Dec. 27: Iowa
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1: Minnesota
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Dec. 26: Northwestern
At-large bowl: Indiana