Sunday, September 1, 2013
Big Ten bowl projections: Week 1
By Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett
Week 1 is in the books around the Big Ten, and even though the calendar just turned to September, we'll be projecting bowls every Sunday at this time. The Big Ten's new bowl lineup, featuring all of those California games, doesn't go into effect until the 2014 season.
We'll likely project two Big Ten teams to BCS bowls for a while, and both Ohio State and Michigan looked the part Saturday. The Buckeyes didn't look like a national title contender against Buffalo, but we still have them winning the league. Northwestern gets the nod over both Nebraska and Michigan State after outlasting Cal on the road.
Penn State is ineligible for postseason play, and we don't see Illinois, Iowa or Purdue getting to the six-win plateau. Although Iowa did some good things in its opener against Northern Illinois, we need to see more from the Hawkeyes, who have a tough Big Ten schedule.