Big Ten 2014 Bowl Teams

 
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B1G Football likely to send nine or more to Bowl Games

 

With 13 weeks in the books and a single week of play remaining for the entire league, the Big Ten's bowl picture is becoming more clear. Nine B1G schools will most likely be bowling with three others still in the hunt for no more than two additional spots. The latest college bowl projections for 2014-2015 have 10 Big Ten teams listed, but the 5-6 teams could still work their way into the mix.

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Michigan Wolverines
The long shot of the three, Michigan travels to Columbus to face Ohio State in the annual rivalry game. At 5-6 (3-4 B1G), and soon to be 5-7, Michigan will be missing a bowl game in 2014. While they won three of their last five, consecutive losses to Utah, Minnesota and Rutgers have the Wolverines looking back and kicking themselves, but they will soon be searching for a new coach to try and revive the program.

 

Northwestern & Illinois
The Wildcats have revived their season in the past two weeks with a thrilling OT win over Notre Dame followed by a blowout win at Purdue. The Illini started the season at 3-1 but match Northwestern's 5-6 overall record. NU has the advantage 3-4 in B1G play to the Illini's 2-5 mark, but 6 wins is what it takes to get a bowl invite. The winner of this game will get the extra weeks of practice and the national exposure in a lower-tier bowl game, the loser gets to watch from home.



All in all, a look at the B1G standings shows that the Big Ten should get no fewer than nine, and likely to be 10, teams into postseason bowl games. With Michigan's tough match-up and a guaranteed loser in the Illinois at Northwestern game, the 10-team postseason seems quite likely as the Big Ten looks to regain some respect this postseason.