In the first two seasons of the College Football Playoff, the Big Ten has sent Ohio State in 2014 and Michigan State in 2015. The Buckeyes, of course, won the national title.
This year, it looks like two ESPN experts think the league will send a team there again. The difference is the thinking is split over the team.
Ranked Nos. 6 and 7 in the AP Poll, Ohio State and Michigan are certainly in good position to remain highly ranked throughout the season and for this year’s meeting on Nov. 26 — probably the most anticipated matchup in the rivalry since 2006’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown.
Here’s where Schlabach and McMurphy see the Big Ten during bowl season. Of the league’s 14 teams, 10 are projected to make a bowl game.
Indiana: Heart of Dallas Bowl (Schlabach)/Foster Farms Bowl (McMurphy)
Iowa: Citrus Bowl for both
Michigan: College Football Playoff/Holiday Bowl
Michigan State: Outback Bowl/Rose Bowl
Minnesota: Pinestripe Bowl/Heart of Dallas Bowl
Nebraska: TaxSlayer Bowl/Outback Bowl
Northwestern: Holiday Bowl/Quick Lane Bowl
Ohio State: Rose Bowl/College Football Playoff
Penn State: Foster Farms Bowl/Music City Bowl
Wisconsin: Quick Lane Bowl/Pinstripe Bowl
Ohio State is the league’s only team to make either the CFP or the Rose Bowl. The Michigan/Michigan State situation is interesting regarding the different spots. It’s clear the positioning between those two isn’t clear yet, according to experts.