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Big Ten Bowl Projections, Week 10: How high can Purdue climb?

The Big Ten West is a mess, but could Purdue hop a team from the East? Can Michigan keep it within 20 against Alabama in the College Football Playoff?

Ohio State v Purdue Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Hi, all. Are we enjoying this season?


Northwestern could conceivably go to the Big Ten Championship Game, and I’m still...just really confused about it. Is there a way Purdue can go? It feels like that’s the stock I’m buying at this point. Just please, God, not wisconsin. Beat them, Boilers. End this.

A few notes:

  • Big Ten bowls tend not to go for repeat games, attempting to fill each slot with at least 5 different teams over 6 years.
  • If an ACC team is ranked higher than a B1G team, I think, they take the Citrus Bowl slot. Or something.
  • The Music City and TaxSlayer Gator bowls take one Big Ten team and one ACC team among them to face an SEC team. Since a B1G team went to the Music City Bowl last year, look for that to flip this year.
  • An asterisk denotes a team filling a slot outside its conference bowl affiliation. Two asterisks denotes a 5-7 team qualifying on APR. As there are 78 bowl slots, I figure there’ll be at least one team making that leap.
  • And again, a word on the formatting: I dunno. Sorry.

As always: Disagree? Noted a number of repeats (I’m sure there’s at least one; just look harder)? Formatting not working for you? Let me know in the comments so I can laugh at you and maybe try to fix things next week.