Ohio State is no longer ESPN’s top Big Ten pick for the College Football Playoff. It’s now No. 2 Michigan.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy updated their bowl predictions after Saturday’s games. With Ohio State dropping after the 24-21 loss to Penn State, Michigan is the conference’s current leader to make the CFP – at least according to these two experts.
As for another top-10 team in Wisconsin, McMurphy has Wisconsin making the Orange Bowl against Louisville, which would mean Heisman candidate Lamar Jackson facing the Badgers’ intimidating defense.
But what about Nebraska? The Huskers moved up in the Top 10 again, even getting to a tie for No. 6 in the Coaches Poll, but only one of the two has Nebraska in a New Year’s Six game.
Here’s the rundown:
Michigan: College Football Playoff vs. Washington (Schlabach)/College Football Playoff vs. Washington (McMurphy)
Ohio State: Rose Bowl vs. Utah/Rose Bowl vs. Washington State
Nebraska: Holiday Bowl vs. Colorado/Cotton Bowl vs. Boise State
Penn State: Outback Bowl vs. LSU/Outback Bowl vs. Florida
Wisconsin: Citrus Bowl vs. Auburn/Orange Bowl vs. Louisville
Iowa: Music City Bowl vs. Georgia/Music City Bowl vs. Georgia
Minnesota: Foster Farms Bowl vs. USC/Pinstripe Bowl vs. Wake Forest
Maryland: Quick Lane Bowl vs. North Carolina State/Foster Farms Bowl vs. USC
Northwestern: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Virginia Tech/Holiday Bowl vs. Colorado
Indiana: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. North Texas/Quick Lane Bowl vs. Georgia Tech