2013: Post Week 9 Bowl Projections

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Off Tackle Empire's wildly inaccurate bowl projections for the Big Ten following week nine. I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.

THANKS TO MINNESOTA THE WEST CAN ONLY BE SUMMED UP WITH:

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I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.

The Rules:

  • Bowl Eligible Teams: Michigan State, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State.
  • The best teams don't always go to the best games. In the end, butts in the seat and eyes to the television are the biggest factors. Some bowl games also have the "two loss-rule."
  • The order of BCS selection is 1) Replacement for #1 Team; 2) Replacement for #2 Team; 3) Orange Bowl; 4) Sugar Bowl; 5) Fiesta Bowl. If a Big Ten or Pac-10 team qualifies for the BCS Championship Game, the Rose Bowl will not be required to take a non-automatic qualifier.
  • The Outback Bowl only takes teams from the SEC East and Auburn.
  • Penn State is not bowl eligible until 2016.
  • I base these projections upon what I believe will be the final conference standings. The game by game method is rather unscientific: who would win the matchup 9 times out of 10? Naturally, that means I can't predict insane upsets.
  • It's very rare for a conference championship game loser to make a BCS Bowl. In the history of the BCS only three conference championship game losers have made BCS games: 2003 Oklahoma, 2008 Alabama and 2009 Florida. Thanks to user Incipient_Senescence for doing the research on this one.

The Projections:

Pick

Bowl

Matchup

Projection

0

BCS Championship

Pasadena, CA

vs. No. 2

Alabama vs. Florida State

1

Rose

Pasadena, CA

vs. Pac-12/BCS

Ohio State vs. Oregon

2

Capital One

Orlando, FL

vs. SEC No. 2

Michigan State vs. South Carolina

3

Outback

Tampa, FL

vs. SEC No. 4

Wisconsin vs. Missouri

4

Buffalo Wild Wings

Tempe, AZ

vs. Big 12 No. 4

Nebraska vs. Texas

5

Gator

Jacksonville, FL

vs. SEC No. 6

Michigan vs. Georgia

6

Texas

Houston, TX

vs. Big 12 No. 6

Iowa vs. Kansas State

7

Heart of Dallas

Dallas, TX

vs. C-USA

Minnesota vs. Tulane

8

Little Caesars

Detroit, MI

vs. MAC

Indiana vs. Ball State

Disagree? I understand.

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