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Big Ten bowl picture

  • November 10, 2012 - 11:44 PM

BOWL PICTURE

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Big Ten bowl picture is starting to come into focus. A look at how it might shake out:

Nebraska (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten)

Remaining games: vs. Gophers, at Iowa, projected Big Ten title game vs. Wisconsin

Projection: Rose, Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif.

Comment: The Huskers own the tiebreaker over Michigan and have a favorable schedule to advance to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game.

Michigan (7-3, 5-1)

Remaining games: vs. Iowa, at Ohio State

Projection: Capital One, Jan. 1, Orlando, Fla.

Comment: The Wolverines' route to the division title is difficult, especially with the trip to archrival Ohio State waiting.

Wisconsin (7-3, 4-2)

Remaining games: vs. Ohio State, at Penn State, Big Ten title game.

Projection: Outback, Jan. 1, Tampa, Fla.

Comment: Tall order for Bucky in next two weeks.

Northwestern (7-3, 3-3)

Remaining games: at Michigan State, vs. Illinois

Projection: Gator, Jan. 1, Jacksonville, Fla.

Comment: Victory at MSU would help.

Michigan State (5-5, 2-4)

Remaining games: vs. Northwestern, at Gophers

Projection: Buffalo Wild Wings, Dec. 29, Tempe, Ariz.

Comment: Spartans should become eligible.

Gophers (6-4, 2-4)

Remaining games: at Nebraska, vs. Michigan State

Projection: Meineke Car Care of Houston, Dec. 28

Comment: Two big-name Big Ten teams are ineligible, helping the Gophers avoid the dreaded trip to Detroit.

Still alive, but unlikely

Purdue (4-6; at Illinois, vs. Indiana); Indiana (4-6; at Penn State, at Purdue); Iowa (4-6; at Michigan, vs. Nebraska)

Note: This projection has the Big Ten being unable to fill either the Heart of Dallas Bowl (Jan. 1) or the Little Caesars Bowl (Dec. 26 in Detroit).

RANDY JOHNSON

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