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Big Ten Bowl Projections with Updated College Football Playoff Rankings

Ohio State or Michigan State to the College Football Playoff? Michigan to face Notre Dame in a New Year’s Six Bowl game? Is there any point to playing the SEC Championship Game?

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Fair warning: I’m working off two hours of sleep, so these could be just out of nowhere. But now that we’ve seen the new College Football Playoff rankings come out, uh...has Gary Barta gotten any, either?

Who has any idea what to expect, right?

College Football Playoff Semifinals

Orange Bowl

12/31 | 2:30pm | ESPN

[CFP 2] Ohio State Buckeyes vs. [CFP 3] Alabama Crimson Tide

Cotton Bowl

12/31 | 6:30pm | ESPN

[CFP 1] Georgia Bulldogs vs. [CFP 4] Oregon Ducks

New Year’s Six Bowls

Peach Bowl

12/30 | 6pm | ESPN

[At-large] Cincinnati Bearcats vs. [At-large] Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Fiesta Bowl

1/1 | 12pm | ESPN

[At-large] Michigan Wolverines vs. [At-large] Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Rose Bowl

1/1 | 4pm | ESPN

[B1G 1] Michigan State Spartans vs. [Pac-12 1] Utah Utes

Big Ten Bowl Projections

Quick Lane Bowl

12/27 | 10am | ESPN

[B1G 8] Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. [MAC] Eastern Michigan Eagles

Soon, this will be a conference game I will eagerly post about on Tuesday nights.

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

12/28 | 9:15pm | ESPN

[B1G 7] Purdue Boilermakers vs. [Big XII 6] Kansas State Wildcats

Pinstripe Bowl

12/29 | 1:15pm | ESPN

[B1G 6] Maryland Terrapins vs. [ACC I] Boston College Eagles

Glen Mason Memorial Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

12/30 | 2pm | ESPN

[B1G 5] Minnesota Gophers vs. [SEC I] Arkansas Razorbacks

Minnesota Golden Gophers v Michigan State Spartans
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Las Vegas Bowl

12/30 | 9:30pm | ESPN

[B1G 4] Iowa Hawkeyes vs. [Pac-12] Washington State Cougars

Outback Bowl

1/1 | 11am | ESPN2

[B1G 3] Penn State Nittany Lions vs. [SEC I] Florida Gators

Citrus Bowl

1/1 | 12pm | ABC

[B1G 2] Wisconsin Badgers vs. [SEC 2] Ole Miss Rebels

Full Bowl Projections

B1G Thoughts

  • Well, if Ohio State is surely going to beat Sparty, let’s just keep them slotted in the CFP. They get SEC runner-up Alabama, who only falls to #3 after losing to Georgia in the SEC Championship because, of course, It Just Means More.


Ohio State finishes...

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  • 1%
    CFP #1
    (3 votes)
  • 19%
    CFP #2
    (34 votes)
  • 21%
    CFP #3
    (38 votes)
  • 15%
    CFP #4
    (27 votes)
  • 14%
    Rose Bowl
    (26 votes)
  • 5%
    At-large bowl
    (10 votes)
  • 20%
    As long as they play Cincinnati, I don’t care what number they are
    (36 votes)
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  • If Oregon actually gets into the CFP, condolences to the Big Ten representative—here, Michigan State—in the Rose Bowl, because the second-best Pac-12 team is...Utah? Arizona State? Washington State? All of them have three losses, and only one—the Utes—has only one Pac-12 loss.
  • I’m assuming an OSU win over Michigan State and then ranked wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game is enough to vault them over ‘Bama. Enjoy the Buckeyes running up those style points, whoever wins the get the Citrus as a result.


Who goes to the Rose Bowl?

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  • 49%
    Michigan State
    (100 votes)
  • 11%
    (23 votes)
  • 15%
    (32 votes)
  • 23%
    Someone else (comments, kids)
    (47 votes)
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  • As always—until proven otherwise, Minnesota remains behind Iowa and wisconsin in the West.
  • I hear there’s some Elvis guy who’s an Iowa fan. You’re welcome, buddy. Feel free to mail me my ticket to accompany you to Vegas.
  • Penn State remains a bit of a confounder here—I would be inclined to keep the Lions on the East Coast, especially somewhere accessible like a Tampa, rather than shuttling them across the country to Vegas. They also seem a little too good for...
  • The Glen Mason Memorial Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, where Peejus and the Fightin’ Rowers will face...well, apparently I didn’t bother to update their opponent. So it’s still Arkansas. You get what you pay for.
  • Congrats to Maryland, who now needs to turtle for three weeks, avoid any injuries, and beat Rutgers. What could go wrong?


Does Maryland go bowling?

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  • 55%
    (89 votes)
  • 44%
    (71 votes)
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  • Speaking of, Purdue and Kansas State could be the world’s most “who gives a fuck?” bowl game, and I’ve projected one between Oregon State and Pitt.


Does Purdue go bowling?

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  • 30%
    Yes, to the Guaranteed Rate Bowl
    (44 votes)
  • 34%
    Yes, to Detroit
    (50 votes)
  • 25%
    Yes, to New York
    (37 votes)
  • 10%
    (15 votes)
146 votes total Vote Now