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Week 10 Big Ten Bowl Projections: Take Indiana to the Gator Bowl, you cowards!

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Back at it, and we haven't learned anything.

College Football Playoff

Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ)

December 28 | 3pm CT | ESPN

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

Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)

December 28 | 7pm CT | ESPN

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

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

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (ACC) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (B1G or SEC or ND)

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

January 1 | 4pm | FOX

Penn State Nittany Lions (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

Buffalo Bulls* vs. Duke Blue Devils

Pinstripe Bowl (New York, NY)

December 27 | 2:20pm | ESPN

Michigan State Spartans vs. Virginia Cavaliers

Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)

December 27 | 7pm | FS1

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

Redbox Bowl (Santa Clara, CA)

December 30 | 3pm | FOX

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Stanford Cardinal

Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)

January 1 | 12pm | ABC

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Auburn Tigers

Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL)

January 1 | 12pm | ESPN

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Texas A&M Aggies

Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)

January 2 | 6pm | ESPN

Michigan Wolverines vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX)

January 4 | 10:30am | ESPN

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Air Force Falcons

Full Bowl Projections

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Bowl Location Date Time TV Conf1 Team1 Conf2 Team2
Fiesta Glendale 12/28 3:00 PM ESPN CFP2 Ohio State CFP3 LSU
Peach Atlanta 12/28 7:00 PM ESPN CFP1 Alabama CFP4 Clemson
Cotton Arlington 12/28 11:00 AM ESPN At-Large Utah G5 Cincinnati
Orange Miami 12/30 7:00 PM ESPN ACC Wake Forest B1G/SEC Georgia
Rose Pasadena 1/1 4:00 PM FOX B1G Penn State 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 Nevada* SunBelt Louisiana
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 Temple SunBelt Coastal Carolina
Boca Raton Boca Raton 12/21 2:30 PM ABC MAC Central Michigan AAC Tulane
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 Appalachian State
Gasparilla Tampa 12/23 1:30 PM ESPN C-USA Florida Int'l AAC N.C. State*
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 Buffalo* ACC II Duke
Military Annapolis 12/27 11:00 AM ESPN AAC Navy ACC II Boston College
Pinstripe New York 12/27 2:20 PM ESPN B1G Michigan State ACC I Virginia
Texas Houston 12/27 5:45 PM ESPN Big XII 4 Kansas State SEC I Mississippi State
Holiday San Diego 12/27 7:00 PM FS1 B1G 4 Iowa Pac12 3 Arizona State
Cheez-It Phoenix 12/27 9:15 PM ESPN Big XII 6 Iowa State Pac12 7 UCLA
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 San Diego State* C-USA Marshall
Music City Nashville 12/30 3:00 PM ESPN SEC I Kentucky ACC I Louisville
Redbox Santa Clara 12/30 3:00 PM FOX B1G Illinois Pac12 4 Stanford
Belkbelkbelk Charlotte 12/31 11:00 AM ESPN SEC I Memphis* ACC I Virginia Tech
Sun El Paso 12/31 1:00 PM CBS Pac12 5 USC ACC I Miami Fluoride
Liberty Memphis 12/31 2:45 PM ESPN Big XII 5 Oklahoma State SEC I SMU*
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 wisconsin SEC 2 Auburn
Outback Tampa 1/1 12:00 PM ESPN B1G 3 Minnesota SEC I Texas A&M
Birmingham Birmingham 1/2 2:00 PM ESPN SEC II UAB* AAC Central Florida
Gator Jacksonville 1/2 6:00 PM ESPN SEC I Tennessee B1G 5 Michigan
Idaho Potato Boise 1/3 2:30 PM ESPN MAC Ohio MWC Wyoming
Armed Forces Fort Worth 1/4 10:30 AM ESPN MWC Air Force B1G Indiana
Mobile Mobile 1/6 6:30 PM ESPN MAC Ball State SunBelt Georgia State

B1G Observations

  • Obligatory Ohio State mention.
  • The more I squint at it, though, the more I can talk myself into Penn State slipping past Georgia and into the Orange Bowl if the Nittany Lions play Ohio State close enough and the Bulldogs get thunderdumped in the SEC Championship Game.
  • That means Minnesota is officially on notice for the Rose Bowl. I'm sure this will go fine.
  • Let's just say the calculus hasn't changed on the top of the conference: I'm still squinting at the Citrus Bowl, with Michigan sliding to the Gator Bowl after no one actually wants to see Iowa there again.
  • My latest hot take: Indiana is one win away from the Gator Bowl. And if that win is over Michigan, get ready to fire up the RVs, Hoosier fans! Don't worry, you don't actually have to go to the game at Jacksonville either. Just hang out in the parking lots.
  • At this point, it's just intriguing to watch Minnesota, Indiana, and Illinois threaten the existing mediocre middle of Big Ten bowl teams. Northwestern is long gone, Purdue is out, Nebraska is...yeah...it'd be a real shame if Illinois was in the Outback and Indiana was in the Gator while Michigan had a date with Air Force and Iowa was staring down the barrel of Boston College.
  • Nebraska's loss is...Michigan State's gain? Sure, why not, we can have a different kind of basketball redux in the Pinstripe Bowl. A grim game played on Yankee Stadium's icy field is basically Mork D'Antoni embodied at this point.

Random Observations

  • No upsets in the SEC means last week's edition of SEC Math will hold for another week. And yes, I realize the value statement I am making by keeping the Crimson Tide in the #1 slot. If and when LSU beats 'Bama in Death Valley, I am thrilled to change my projection. Until then, college football remains dumb and awful and 'Bama-Clemson will happen over and over until the heat death of the universe.
  • The G5 representative to the NY6 is basically down to the winner of the #17 Cincinnati Bearcats and #19 Memphis Tigers, and two play in Memphis to close the regular season. I'm going to tentatively keep it at Cincinnati, who I believe to be the more balanced, if unspectacular team, though if Memphis gets through consecutive road games against Houston and South Florida, I'll change my tune.
  • Kansas State Wildcats-Mississippi St. Bulldogs was just a bowl game, right? Fine. Run it back in Texas anyways, just for shits and giggles. From one purple Wildcat to another: Texas is jumping you if it comes down to it. They just are.
  • Except the Colorado Buffaloes, every non-Utah, non-Oregon team in the Pac-12 has exactly 4 or 5 wins. In the North, every non-Oregon team is 4-4, except Washington Huskies. Washington is 5-4. I don't get paid enough for this job.
  • Speaking of nice stories (was I?), the Oregon State Beavers are 4-4! That's a nice story! But their run-in is vs. Washington, vs. Arizona State, at Wazzu, at Oregon. Gonna have to win those middle two, and I just don't know if they can outscore Wazzu in Pullman.
  • I'm gonna be so angry if the UCLA Bruins (4-5, 4-2 Pac12) pull off the Northwestern just a year after the 'Cats made history. It's still a tough row to hoe for the Chipper (at Utah, at USC, vs Cal), though.
  • My San Jose State Spartans were SO CLOSE. And then they blew it :( Any two of @Hawaii, @Nevada, and vs. Fresno could do it, and they all look on the table. COME ON, SAINT JOE'S.
  • Teams Left Out: Only the Liberty Flames. You hate to see it.