With one week left in the regular season and the Big Ten Championship Game a week later, the conference's bowl picture is coming into focus. Here is a projection:
Remaining games: 11 a.m. Friday at Iowa (Ch. 5); projected Big Ten title game vs. Wisconsin, Dec. 1
Projection: Rose Bowl vs. Stanford, Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif.
Comment: Huskers should dispose of Iowa; Wisconsin will be much tougher.
Remaining game: 11 a.m. Saturday at Ohio State (Ch. 5)
Projection: Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia, Jan. 1, Orlando
Comment: Wolverines still have a very outside chance at a BCS bowl.
Remaining games: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Penn State (Ch. 5); Big Ten title game, Dec. 1.
Projection: Outback Bowl vs. Texas A&M, Jan. 1, Tampa, Fla.
Comment: Beat Nebraska, and it's roses again.
Remaining game: 11 a.m. Saturday vs. Illinois (BTN)
Projection: Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State, Jan. 1, Jacksonville, Fla.
Comment: Wildcats likely sealed trip to Gator by beating MSU.
Remaining game: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Gophers (BTN)
Projection: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. Texas Tech, Dec. 29, Tempe, Ariz.
Comment: Lose to Gophers, and Sparty's staying home.
Remaining games: 2:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Michigan State (BTN)
Projection: Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas vs. Iowa State, Dec. 28, Houston
Comment: Beat Michigan State, and it's back to Tempe. Lose, and it's likely Houston. But remember this: Buffalo Wild Wings is a Minnesota-based company, and the Gophers are a Minnesota-based football team. Just sayin'.
Remaining game: 11 a.m. Saturday vs. Indiana (BTN)
Projection: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Big 12 opponent or replacement, Jan. 1
Comment: Three wins in row for Boilers?
Note: The Big Ten is projected to be unable to fill its spot in the Little Caesars Bowl (Dec. 26 in Detroit).
|Minnesota - LP: V. Worley||3||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: P. Maholm||8|
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||7||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: B. Parnell||4|
|Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu||9||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta||2|
|Oakland - LP: J. Parker||1||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: R. Wolf||3|
|Arizona - LP: T. Cahill||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa||4|
|Washington - WP: T. Clippard||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: J. Affeldt||1|
|Tampa Bay - LP: C. Ramos||3||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: A. Loup||4|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija||0||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano||1|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||11||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: U. Jimenez||7|
|NY Yankees - LP: H. Kuroda||3||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: J. Hammel||6|
|Seattle - LP: B. Maurer||1||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: C. Wilson||7|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Lee||3||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: K. Slowey||0|
|Boston - WP: C. Buchholz||6||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: H. Santiago||2|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Shields||1||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: J. Lyles||3|
|St. Louis - WP: T. Lyons||5||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: B. Smith||3|