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A projection where Big Ten teams will spend the Bowl season:

MICHIGAN STATE (11-1)

Bowl: Cotton (national semifinal) vs. Alabama

Comment: Win over Iowa in the Big Ten title game should vault the Spartans to No. 3 in College Football Playoff rankings.

IOWA (12-0)

Bowl: Rose vs. Stanford

Comment: A 12-1 Hawkeyes team should land in Pasadena.

OHIO STATE (11-1)

Bowl: Fiesta vs. Houston

Comment: Loss to Michigan State cost the Buckeyes a shot at defending their national title.

MICHIGAN (9-3)

Bowl: Capital One vs. Ole Miss

Comment: Not a bad outcome for the Wolverines.

NORTHWESTERN (10-2)

Bowl: Outback vs. Georgia

Comment: Controversial win over Wisconsin leads the Cats to Tampa.

WISCONSIN (9-3)

Bowl: Holiday vs. UCLA

Comment: Badgers have played in seven Florida bowls since 2005. San Diego is a good option.

PENN STATE (7-5)

Bowl: Music City vs. LSU

Comment: Two bowls in a row for Nittany Lions.

INDIANA (6-6)

Bowl: Pinstripe vs. Pittsburgh

Comment: First bowl for the Hoosiers since 2007.

NEBRASKA (5-7)

Bowl: Foster Farms vs. Utah

Comment: Though the Huskers are 5-7, their solid fan base lands them a spot because there could be up to five teams without six wins filling vacant bowl spots.

GOPHERS, ILLINOIS

Comment: Don't rule out either 5-7 squad, with their Big Ten stature, to fill a bowl vacancy.