In the short history of the College Football Playoff, no conference has sent four teams to New Year’s Six games in one season.
Well, that could change.
There seems to be increasing momentum for the Big Ten getting as many as four teams in the big bowl games.
Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin are considered popular (and in many cases, obvious) picks to play in a New Year’s Six game. But could Nebraska or even Penn State make it four?
Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel has Michigan (College Football Playoff), Ohio State (Rose Bowl), Wisconsin (Orange Bowl), Penn State (Cotton Bowl) making New Year’s Six games.
SI.com’s Colin Becht has Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin in the same games as Mandel, only he has Nebraska in the Cotton against Western Michigan, not Penn State.
Penn State’s sudden rise is all because of the win against then-No. 2 Ohio State. If Ohio State keeps winning, that win will become the Nittany Lions’ best card to play in any bowl projection. Right now, it could be argued as the best win in the country.
If Nebraska beats Ohio State on Saturday, the Huskers will be in perfect position to make at least a New Year’s Six game. But that would also keep the Huskers very much in contention for a playoff spot.
Of course, college football isn’t afraid to surprise with huge upsets seemingly every week. But as of right now, if things break right, expect to see four Big Ten teams in the New Year’s Six games. The biggest question right now is which team could be the fourth.