Ahead of Week 8 of the college football season, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy revealed their bowl projections that were full of Big Ten squads.
First, the pair addressed the College Football Playoff. Both had Ohio State as the only Big Ten representative in the playoff, taking on Washington in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. on Dec. 31.
Both then had the Buckeyes taking on Alabama in the championship on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fl.
Some fans may ask, then, where Michigan sits, since the Wolverines are currently at No. 3 in the AP Polls.
Both Schalbach and McMurphy have the Wolverines in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 2 against Utah and Washington State, respectively.
The pair then separate a bit when addressing the rest of the Big Ten squads.
McMurphy has Wisconsin in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan. 2 in Arlington, Tx. against Boise State, while Schlabach has the Badgers in the Outback Bowl against Arkansas on the same date. McMurphy had Indiana against Florida in that game in Tampa, Fl.
Nebraska, currently the No. 8 team in the nation, is projected to play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl against Florida on Dec. 31 in Orlando, Fl. by Schlabach. McMurphy has Iowa against Tennesee in that game, with the Huskers taking on Louisville in the Captial One Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens, Fl.
Schlabach then has the Hawkeyes taking on Georgia on Dec. 30 in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., while McMurphy has Maryland facing off against Ole Miss in the game.
Schlabach has the Terrapins squaring off against Louisiana Tech in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 27 in Dallas.
Both analysts had Minnesota playing in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 28 in Santa Clara, Calif., with Schlabach picking Colorado as the opponent and McMurphy taking USC.
Northwestern was also picked by both to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28 in New York City. McMurphy has the Wildcats playing NC State and Schlabach went with Virginia Tech.
In terms of Penn State, both had the Nittany Lions in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Schlabach had Washington State in the game as well, while McMurphy had Colorado.
In the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit, Schlabach has the Hoosiers and Syracuse and McMurphy had Wake Forrest and Michigan State.