Thanks to Saturday’s results, it looks like the Big Ten still has a good chance to dominate the New Year’s Six selection process.
CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm updated his bowl projections following Saturday’s results. He has Ohio State as the Big Ten’s College Football Playoff team, but he thinks Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin will also be playing in one of the selection committee’s bowl games.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach also updated his CFP teams after Week 9. He ranked Michigan second after Alabama with Clemson and Washington rounding out the 4-team playoff field. But the Big Ten is ready to pounce should one of those teams fall. In his “next four in contention” section, Schlabach lists both Ohio State and Wisconsin.
Schlabach does express his concerns about Ohio State, however:
The Buckeyes looked pretty mediocre for the second week in a row in a 24-20 win over Northwestern. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett failed to account for a touchdown (passing or rushing) for the first time in 25 career starts. The Buckeyes host No. 7 Nebraska next week.
Here’s where Palm thinks the Big Ten will be this postseason:
Ohio State: College Football Playoff vs. Alabama
Michigan: Rose Bowl vs. Utah
Wisconsin: Orange Bowl vs. Louisville
Nebraska: Cotton Bowl vs. San Diego State
Penn State: Outback Bowl vs. Florida
Iowa: Music City Bowl vs. Arkansas
Indiana: Foster Farms Bowl vs. Washington State
Northwestern: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Pitt
Minnesota: Holiday Bowl vs. Stanford
Maryland: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Ball State