The calendar just recently flipped to June, but it’s never too early to prognosticate on the 2017 college football season.
Bill Bender of The Sporting News released his ‘way-too-early’ bowl projections on Tuesday, and the Big Ten was well represented. Ten of the conferences 14 member schools were projected to play in the postseason, with the Ohio State Buckeyes tabbed to again be part of the College Football Playoff.
Two schools, Wisconsin and Nebraska, are projected to play on New Year’s Day. Michigan State, which missed out on a bowl last year, is projected to return to the postseason in 2017.
2017 Big Ten bowl game projections
TBD Foster Farms Bowl: Michigan State vs. Washington State
TBD SDCCU Holiday Bowl: Northwestern vs. Utah
Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota vs. North Carolina
Dec. 27 New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Maryland vs. Georgia Tech
Dec. 29 Goodyear Cotton Bowl: Michigan vs. Oklahoma
Dec. 30 TaxSlayer Bowl: Iowa vs. Arkansas
Dec. 30 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: Penn State vs. Washington
Jan. 1 Outback Bowl: Nebraska vs. Georgia
Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Florida
Indiana, Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers are projected to miss out on the postseason. Last year, the Big Ten had a 3-7 record in bowl games with only Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin taking home victories.