Big Ten Bowl Projections – Week 8


Big Ten bowl projections heading into Week 8. Despite back-to-back losses, Wisconsin proved that it is one of the nation’s best teams.


The best 4-2 team in the nation resides in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin dropped a 14-7 game to Michigan at the Big House earlier in the year, and Paul Chryst’s squad fell 30-23 to Ohio State at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday evening. Despite the two setbacks, a Citrus Bowl berth could be on the horizon for the Badgers.

Meanwhile, Northwestern went into East Lansing and handed Michigan State its fourth straight defeat, as Clayton Thorson threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-40 win. It is MSU’s longest losing streak in head coach Mark Dantonio’s 10 seasons at the school. Northwestern checks in this week with a Holiday Bowl bid, while Sparty falls to the Heart of Dallas Bowl—though I may be too generous with that bid at this point.

Where does your favorite Big Ten team land this week?

Week 8 Big Ten Bowl Projections

Quick Lane Bowl

Date: Dec. 26
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten
Quick Lane Bowl Projection: Georgia Tech vs. Indiana

Holiday Bowl

Date: Dec. 27
Location: San Diego, California
Tie-ins: Big Ten/Pac-12
Holiday Bowl Projection: Northwestern vs. Arizona State

Heart of Dallas Bowl

Date: Dec. 27
Location: Dallas, Texas
Tie-ins: Big Ten/Conference USA
Heart of Dallas Bowl Projection: Michigan State vs. Southern Miss

Pinstripe Bowl

Date: Dec. 28
Location: New York, New York
Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten
Pinstripe Bowl Projection: NC State vs. Maryland

Foster Farms Bowl

Date: Dec. 28
Location: Santa Clara, California
Tie-ins: Big Ten/Pac-12
Foster Farms Bowl Projection: Minnesota vs. UCLA

Music City Bowl

Date: Dec. 31
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
Music City Bowl Projection: Penn State vs. Georgia

Citrus Bowl

Date: Dec. 31
Location: Orlando, Florida
Tie-ins: ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC
Citrus Bowl Projection: Wisconsin vs. Tennessee

Outback Bowl

Date: Jan. 2
Location: Tampa, Florida
Tie-ins: Big Ten/SEC
Outback Bowl Projection: Iowa vs. Florida

Rose Bowl

Date: Jan. 2
Location: Pasadena, California
Tie-ins: Big Ten/Pac-12
Rose Bowl Projection: Michigan vs. Utah

Orange Bowl

Date: Dec. 30
Location: Miami, Fla.
Tie-ins: ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame
Rose Bowl Projection: Louisville vs. Nebraska

Fiesta Bowl – College Football Playoff Semifinal

Date: Dec. 31
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Tie-ins: CFP No. 2/CFP No. 3
Fiesta Bowl Projection: Ohio State vs. Clemson

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