Following a big slate of games during Week 9 of the 2013 college football season, ESPN has updated its Big Ten bowl projections.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are still standing tall. After crushing Penn State, quarterback Braxton Miller and Co. remain undefeated but will need help to bump up from the Big Ten’s automatic Rose Bowl berth and into the BCS national championship game.
If that were to happen, Wisconsin is looking more and more like the No. 2 team in the league, and would be moving up from its current projected Capital One Bowl slot and into the Rose.
If Michigan State beats Michigan on Nov. 2, however, the Spartans will be 5-0 in the conference and gearing up for a run at Ohio State in the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis – that could potentially turn these projections on their head.
The biggest riser this week is easily Minnesota. With back-to-back upsets of Northwestern and Nebraska, the Gophers are officially bowl eligible and can continue to climb the charts with a win against Indiana on Saturday. If the Hoosiers want to make a bowl for the first time since 2007, coach Kevin Wilson’s squad pretty much has to beat the red-hot Gophers, however.
Finally, where’s Northwestern? Following a fourth consecutive loss, a team that was once ranked as high as No. 15 is no longer projected to even play in the postseason. Ouch.
Rose Bowl Presented by VIZIO, Jan. 1: Ohio State
Capital One Bowl, Jan. 1: Wisconsin
Outback Bowl, Jan. 1: Michigan State
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Dec. 28: Michigan
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jan. 1: Nebraska
Texas Bowl, Dec. 27: Iowa
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Jan. 1: Minnesota
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Dec. 26: Indiana