Big Ten Bowl Projections, Week 14: Send Minnesota to the Gator Bowl


Deep in the weeds this week, let's just get to the stuff.

College Football Playoff

Whoa! Reversed the order on these! Hope you can handle it OK.

Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)

December 28 | 3pm CT | ESPN

[2] LSU Tigers vs. [3] Clemson Tigers

Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ)

December 28 | 7pm CT | ESPN

[1] Ohio State Buckeyes vs. [4] Utah Utes

New Year's Six

Cotton Bowl (Arlington, TX)

December 28 | 11am CT | ESPN

Baylor Bears [at-large] vs. Memphis Tigers [G5]

Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)

December 30 | 7pm | ESPN

Virginia Cavaliers [ACC] vs. Florida Gators [B1G/SEC]

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. Georgia Bulldogs [SEC]

Big Ten Bowl Games

Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit, MI)

December 26 | 7pm | ESPN

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Boston College Eagles

Pinstripe Bowl (New York, NY)

December 27 | 2:20pm | ESPN

Michigan State Spartans vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)

December 27 | 7pm | FS1

Michigan Wolverines vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

Redbox Bowl (Santa Clara, CA)

December 30 | 3pm | FOX

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Washington Huskies

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. Alabama Crimson Tide

Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)

January 2 | 6pm | ESPN

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, TX)

January 4 | 10:30am | ESPN

UAB Blazers* vs. Air Force Falcons

Full Bowl Projections

Confirmed teams (as of 11:30pm on Tuesday) are in italics.

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Bowl Location Date Time TV Conf1 Team1 Conf2 Team2
Fiesta Glendale 12/28 3:00 PM ESPN CFP 1 Ohio State CFP 4 Utah
Peach Atlanta 12/28 7:00 PM ESPN CFP 2 LSU CFP 3 Clemson
Cotton Arlington 12/28 11:00 AM ESPN At-Large Baylor G5 Memphis
Orange Miami 12/30 7:00 PM ESPN ACC Virginia B1G/SEC Florida
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 Georgia
Bahamas Nassau 12/20 1:00 PM ESPN C-USA Charlotte MAC Buffalo
Frisco Frisco 12/20 6:30 PM ESPN2 AAC Tulane SunBelt Eastern Michigan*
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 Florida Atlantic SunBelt Liberty*
Boca Raton Boca Raton 12/21 2:30 PM ABC MAC Toledo AAC Temple
Camellia Montgomery 12/21 4:30 PM ESPN MAC Western Michigan 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 Ohio*
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 Miami Fluoride
Quick Lane Detroit 12/26 7:00 PM ESPN B1G Illinois ACC II Boston College
Military Annapolis 12/27 11:00 AM ESPN AAC Navy ACC II North Carolina
Pinstripe New York 12/27 2:20 PM ESPN B1G Michigan State ACC I Pittsburgh
Texas Houston 12/27 5:45 PM ESPN Big XII 4 Kansas State SEC I Texas A&M
Holiday San Diego 12/27 7:00 PM FS1 B1G 4 Michigan Pac12 3 Arizona State
Cheez-It Phoenix 12/27 9:15 PM ESPN Big XII 6 San Diego State* Pac12 7 Central Florida*
Camping World Orlando 12/28 11:00 AM ABC Big XII 3 Oklahoma State ACC I Notre Dame
First Responder Dallas 12/30 11:30 AM ESPN Big XII 7 SMU* C-USA Marshall
Music City Nashville 12/30 3:00 PM ESPN SEC I Tennessee ACC I Louisville
Redbox Santa Clara 12/30 3:00 PM FOX B1G Iowa Pac12 4 Washington
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 Virginia Tech
Liberty Memphis 12/31 2:45 PM ESPN Big XII 5 Iowa State SEC I Mississippi State
Arizona Tucson 12/31 3:30 PM CBSSN MWC Nevada SunBelt Arkansas State
Alamo San Antonio 12/31 6:30 PM ESPN Big XII 2 Texas Pac12 2 USC
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 Alabama
Birmingham Birmingham 1/2 2:00 PM ESPN SEC II Florida State* AAC Cincinnati
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 UAB*
Mobile Mobile 1/6 6:30 PM ESPN MAC Central Michigan SunBelt Georgia State

B1G Observations

  • Flex Ohio State out to the Fiesta Bowl, if I hadn't already. I honestly don't pay attention week-to-week, and I even keep these in a spreadsheet my myself.
  • Am I going out on a limb assuming Penn State can jump two spots while just kind of sitting there? That's how much I'll take Ohio State to win by.
  • Sorry, wisconsin. (I'm not.) Enjoy the easier of the New Year's Day Florida draws. You're welcome.
  • Here's the thing: With Minnesota owning the fifth-best ranking in the Big Ten (seriously!) and having lost the head-to-head with Iowa, I would really love to see them tumble to the Gator (since they can't go to the Holiday, technically).
  • But there's a lot of dumb calculus with sending Iowa or Michigan back to Florida, so it's easier to just send them to California and be done with it. Sorry to our favorite Michigan commenter, though, who I doubt will be back to tell us to "book" Michigan to the Rose Bowl.
  • Should Indiana be the Gator Bowl team? Probably not. But they're in their last years of ineligibility for the Pinstripe and Redbox bowls, technically, so the Gator is the logical resting place. We'll give them Kentucky, because if they're gonna have #9WINdiana, they might as well earn it.
  • A Battle on the Ice in New York ice seems appropriate. Thus endeth the Dantonian Crusade. Sory, Estonia.
  • Lose to Northwestern, go to Detroit. Them's the rules, Illinois.

Other Observations

  • There are 79 teams and 78 slots. Sorry to one of Eastern Michigan or Kent State. (I actually am.)
  • I love just making up random games for bowl games where the conferences can't fill their slots. Take the Cheez-It Bowl, for example. Why San Diego State-Central Florida? Because fuck you, that's why.
  • Seems unfair that both teams in the Hawaii Bowl can call it a home game. THIS IS ALL THE 'BOWS HAVE, BOWL PEOPLE.
  • Sticking 6-win Florida State somewhere random should be an annual tradition. Southern Miss couldn't get the job done, so give me Cincinnati to actually finish the ignominy this year.
  • Do I have anyone repeating in here?

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