Big Ten Bowl Projections, Week 11: Where were you in 1962?

Rose Bowl. Rose Parade Float. 1961. University of Minnesota Libraries, University Archives., Accessed 11 Nov 2019.

I don't even know what to say anymore.

College Football Playoff

Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ)

December 28 | 3pm CT | ESPN

[2] Ohio State Buckeyes vs. [3] Clemson Tigers

Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)

December 28 | 7pm CT | ESPN

[1] LSU Tigers vs. [4] Alabama Crimson Tide

New Year's Six

Cotton Bowl (Arlington, TX)

December 28 | 11am CT | ESPN

Utah Utes (at-large) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (G5)

Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)

December 30 | 7pm | ESPN

Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (B1G or SEC or ND)

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

January 1 | 4pm | FOX

Minnesota Golden Gophers (B1G) vs. Oregon Ducks (Pac-12)

Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)

January 1 | 7:45pm | ESPN

Oklahoma Sooners (Big XII) vs. Florida Gators (SEC)

Big Ten Bowl Games

Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit, MI)

December 26 | 7pm | ESPN

Michigan State Spartans vs. Louisville Cardinals

Pinstripe Bowl (New York, NY)

December 27 | 2:20pm | ESPN

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)

December 27 | 7pm | FS1

Michigan Wolverines vs. USC Trojans

Redbox Bowl (Santa Clara, CA)

December 30 | 3pm | FOX

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)

January 1 | 12pm | ABC

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Auburn Tigers

Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL)

January 1 | 12pm | ESPN

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)

January 2 | 6pm | ESPN

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX)

January 4 | 10:30am | ESPN

SMU Mustangs* vs. Air Force Falcons

Full Bowl Projections

Bowl Location Date Time TV Conf1 Team1 Conf2 Team2
Fiesta Glendale 12/28 3:00 PM ESPN CFP2 Ohio State CFP3 Clemson
Peach Atlanta 12/28 7:00 PM ESPN CFP1 LSU CFP4 Alabama
Cotton Arlington 12/28 11:00 AM ESPN At-Large Utah G5 Cincinnati
Orange Miami 12/30 7:00 PM ESPN ACC Virginia Tech B1G/SEC Georgia
Rose Pasadena 1/1 4:00 PM FOX B1G Minnesota Pac12 Oregon
Sugar New Orleans 1/1 7:45 PM ESPN Big XII Oklahoma SEC Florida
Bahamas Nassau 12/20 1:00 PM ESPN C-USA Florida Atlantic MAC Western Michigan
Frisco Frisco 12/20 6:30 PM ESPN2 AAC Tulane SunBelt Nevada*
New Mexico Albuquerque 12/21 1:00 PM ESPN C-USA Western Kentucky MWC Utah State
Cure Orlando 12/21 1:30 PM CBSSN AAC Charlotte* SunBelt Liberty*
Boca Raton Boca Raton 12/21 2:30 PM ABC MAC Central Michigan AAC Temple
Camellia Montgomery 12/21 4:30 PM ESPN MAC Toledo SunBelt Georgia Southern
Las Vegas Las Vegas 12/21 6:30 PM ABC Pac12 6 Washington State MWC 1 Boise State
New Orleans New Orleans 12/21 8:00 PM ESPN C-USA Louisiana Tech SunBelt 1 Louisiana
Gasparilla Tampa 12/23 1:30 PM ESPN C-USA Florida Int'l AAC Central Florida
Hawaii Honolulu 12/24 7:00 PM ESPN MWC/BYU Hawaii AAC BYU*
Independence Shreveport 12/26 3:00 PM ESPN SEC II Southern Miss* ACC II North Carolina
Quick Lane Detroit 12/26 7:00 PM ESPN B1G Michigan State ACC II Louisville
Military Annapolis 12/27 11:00 AM ESPN AAC Navy ACC II N.C. State
Pinstripe New York 12/27 2:20 PM ESPN B1G Illinois ACC I Pittsburgh
Texas Houston 12/27 5:45 PM ESPN Big XII 4 Oklahoma State SEC I Texas A&M
Holiday San Diego 12/27 7:00 PM FS1 B1G 4 Michigan Pac12 3 USC
Cheez-It Phoenix 12/27 9:15 PM ESPN Big XII 6 Iowa State Pac12 7 San Diego State*
Camping World Orlando 12/28 11:00 AM ABC Big XII 3 Texas ACC I Notre Dame
First Responder Dallas 12/30 11:30 AM ESPN Big XII 7 TCU C-USA Marshall
Music City Nashville 12/30 3:00 PM ESPN SEC I Mississippi State ACC I Virginia
Redbox Santa Clara 12/30 3:00 PM FOX B1G Iowa Pac12 4 Arizona State
Belkbelkbelk Charlotte 12/31 11:00 AM ESPN SEC I Appalachian State* ACC I Wake Forest
Sun El Paso 12/31 1:00 PM CBS Pac12 5 California ACC I Miami Fluoride
Liberty Memphis 12/31 2:45 PM ESPN Big XII 5 Kansas State SEC I Memphis*
Arizona Tucson 12/31 3:30 PM CBSSN MWC Fresno State SunBelt Arkansas State
Alamo San Antonio 12/31 6:30 PM ESPN Big XII 2 Baylor Pac12 2 Washington
Citrus Orlando 1/1 12:00 PM ABC B1G 2 Penn State SEC 2 Auburn
Outback Tampa 1/1 12:00 PM ESPN B1G 3 wisconsin SEC I Tennessee
Birmingham Birmingham 1/2 2:00 PM ESPN SEC II UAB* AAC Florida State*
Gator Jacksonville 1/2 6:00 PM ESPN SEC I Kentucky B1G 5 Indiana
Idaho Potato Boise 1/3 2:30 PM ESPN MAC Miami Hydroxide MWC Wyoming
Armed Forces Fort Worth 1/4 10:30 AM ESPN MWC Air Force B1G SMU*
Mobile Mobile 1/6 6:30 PM ESPN MAC Buffalo SunBelt Georgia State

B1G Talking Points

  • Ohio State. There. We done?
  • Remember when I was talking myself into Penn State for something? Now it might be an at-large bid. We'll see where the Lions wind up tonight when the CFP rankings are released. Until then, Citrus Bowl.
  • With that, Minnesota makes the move to the Rose Bowl. Dear God.
  • The Nittany Lions' tumble means we reshuffle the middle of the conference, including wisconsin's triumphant return to the Outback Bowl. Amazingly, they've only played there once in the last decade--that "wisconsin plays bowl games in Florida" meme dies hard, huh?
  • The Heartland Trophy residing in madison for another year means I see Michigan heading west for the first time in a while, leap-frogging the Hawkeyes in the process.
  • I said it last week: PROJECT INDIANA TO THE GATOR BOWL, YOU COWARDS. And I mean it. Which would you rather have: An enthusiastic Hoosier fanbase or...Iowa? The Hawkeyes travel, but is their heart in another boring-ass game in Florida? Let's all dream of #9WINdiana just a little longer.
  • It actually helps the math, because Indiana isn't technically eligible for the Redbox Bowl, unless numbers have less meaning than I thought they did. So Iowa can head to Santa Clara.
  • WITH THAT WIN: Illinois is bowling! And they're not bowling in Detroit! ...problem is, they're bowling in New York. Outside. In December. Hooray?
  • The Illini jump Michigan State, who--despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth among Sparty faithful--still make a bowl, but slip to the in-state consolation prize.

Other Observations

  • I will believe that a one-loss Pac-12 or Big XII champion beats out a one-loss Alabama team for a tournament owned by SEC Network host ESPN when I see it. Until then, the world remains a terrible and stupid place.
  • The winner of the ACC Coastal (that's the one without Clemson) will be the winner of the Virginia-Virginia Tech game on the last day of the season, and that team goes to the Orange Bowl. Dear God, what a train wreck that conference is.
  • I dropped Boston College out. I don't think you care, but that means I'm taking Pitt to beat them in Chestnut Hill in the season finale. Also in ACC news, I'm pretty sure I just straight-up left bowl-eligible Pitt off these last week. Do a better job of fact-checking me, you idiots. I feel better now. Moving on.
  • With 4-6 Colorado's upset of Stanford, there are realistic Pac-12 scenarios where Stanford (4-5: @Wazzu, vs. Cal, vs. ND); Washington State (4-5: vs. Stanford, vs. Oregon St., @UW); Oregon State (4-5: vs. ASU, @Wazzu, @UO); and Cal (5-4: USC, @Stanford, @UCLA) all miss bowl eligibility. Stanford loses to Wazzu and beats Cal, Wazzu loses out after beating 'Furd, Oregon State beats Wazzu and loses the other two, and Cal loses out. I would enjoy this immensely.
  • Nine games ain't your problem, Big XII: Ranked Kansas State lost. You could knock me over with a feather. Oklahoma played a stupid game at Iowa St. Baylor is a fraud and needed OT to beat TCU. Texas is back until it isn't.
  • In bowl elimination games, TCU and Texas Tech meet in one this Saturday. A TCU win, and the Horned Frogs should sneak it on the last day against West-by-God. A Tech win, and the Red Raiders will need either K-State at home or Texas on the road. We'll give it to TCU for now. Nice little drive across the Metroplex for the Frogs.
  • G5 Auto-Bid: Cincinnati remains until I see reason to remove them; SMU still can't play defense and Memphis might not even be the West representative if Navy keeps it up.
  • My San Jose State Spartans were so close :( but a 42-40 loss to Hawaii means SJSU will stay home unless they can pull off the double at UNLV, then home against Fresno State. But with a win over San Diego State, the Nevada Wolf Pack are bowling, somehow! Welcome.
  • The Charlotte 49ers should beat Old Dominion on the last day and go bowling. What a world we live in. They can play Liberty so I don't have to think about this anymore.
  • WE HAVE ANOTHER ZWEI: Southern Miss stunned UAB with a 37-2 ass-beating. That's all.
  • MACtion watching interests: With their upset of Ohio in the Battle of the Bricks, the Miami Hydroxide Redhawks are one win away from bowl eligibility, somehow, with games against hapless Bowling Green and Akron down the stretch. Chuck Martin's brutal non-conference schedule (and harsh remarks after the 76-5 Ohio State drubbing) of Iowa, Cincy, and Ohio State might have paid off, as the Redhawks have won three consecutive one-score games.
As always, tell me in the comments all the bowl ineligibilities I missed, how I disrespected Penn State this week, and which Mountain West bowl scenario you find most intriguing. Minnesota to the Rose Bowl. Dear God.

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