While the 2017 College Football Playoff and other numerous bowl games will be decided this December and January, its never too early to guess where the Big Ten will be come mid-winter.
ESPN’s Brian Bennett projected which bowl games Big Ten teams will play in come college football’s postseason, and he had 10 teams playing in a bowl game.
From the top, Bennett picked Ohio State, who’s coming off a record-setting week one performance, to be the lone Big Ten representative in the College Football Playoff. In New Year’s Day games, he also has Michigan playing in the Rose Bowl Game, following their dismantling of Hawaii 63-3, and Michigan State playing in the Outback Bowl.
In non-New Year’s Day bowls, Iowa is projected to play in the Capital One Orange Bowl, which is currently contractually guaranteed to have a Big Ten team appear, while Wisconsin, who’s coming off a valiant upset of No. 5 LSU at Lambeau Field, is projected to play in the Franklin America Music City Bowl.
Other Big Ten teams projected to play in a bowl game are Northwestern (Pinstripe Bowl), Nebraska (Holiday Bowl), Penn State (Farms Bowl), Indiana (Quick Lane Bowl) and Minnesota (Heart of Dallas Bowl). That leaves Illinois, Rutgers, Purdue and Maryland as the teams missing out on bowl berths.