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2009 Bowl Projections - Preseason

Yes, it's that time again.  It's time for The Rivalry, Esq.'s weekly look at the bowl fates of our beloved Big Ten Squads.  Recapping the Rules:

  1. These are projections.  I am taking into account what will happen in future games, not assigning teams based upon current standings.
  2. 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.  
  3. The order of BCS selection is 1) Replacement for #1 Team; 2) Replacement for #2 Team; 3) Orange Bowl; 4) Fiesta Bowl; 5) Sugar Bowl.
  4. The Champs Bowl picks its Big Ten team ahead of the Alamo Bowl this year.
  5. For the full rules on BCS selections, look here.

Yes, the Big Ten is allowed to win bowl games.

This will be updated each week.  Away we go...
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  • The Fiesta breaks rank and picks Notre Dame over a second Big 12 Team.  This prevents the Sooners from making what would feel like their 10th trip to Arizona this decade.
  • The Rose Bowl loves having Ohio State but hates having a rematch.
  • No one wants the Big East Champ (again).
  • Despite the Spartans having a better record by a game, Michigan State gets passed over by the Champs and Alamo for Michigan and Penn State.  The Champs says they didn't think MSU wanted a third straight trip to Orlando.  The Alamo just thinks that JoePa is sexier (butts in the seats; eyes to the sets).
  • If Army doesn't win 6 games the Eagle Bank Bowl will select a Big Ten team.  When the Motor City Bowl picks 7-5 Minnesota over 7-5 Northwestern, the 'Cats don't mind a trip to DC.
  • Wisconsin's 6-6 record isn't good enough to get an at-large bowl bid.  Consequently, the Badgers, like Indiana and Purdue, is relegated to the On the Couch with the Queso Bowl.