Well, it’s almost June and though the kickoff to the 2016 college football season may still be a few months off, many different outlets have started to release their bowl projections for the coming season.
One publication that recently released their bowl projections is the Sporting News, and they did not seem to have much confidence in our in-state Big Ten programs.
Michigan, who seems to be the most-hyped team in the nation, as many are picking them to go to the College Football Playoff, was not even picked to win the Big Ten by the Sporting News. The Wolverines are instead projected to play in the Rose Bowl against Stanford in one of the New Year’s Day Six games (actually played on Jan. 2nd). Though the Rose Bowl would be a step forward for Jim Harbaugh‘s program, it would also mean that another team would win the Big Ten Championship.
According to the Sporting News bowl projections, Ohio State will win the Big Ten Championship and play in the College Football Playoff semifinals against the defending National Champion, Alabama Crimson Tide.
Michigan State, according to the Sporting News, will take a step back after winning the Big Ten Championship this past season before eventually losing to Alabama in the College Football Playoff. The Sporting News projects the Spartans will play in the Outback Bowl against LSU on Jan. 2nd.
Bowls projected to include Big Ten teams:
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl: Indiana vs. Southern Miss
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Nebraska vs. Georgia Tech
Foster Farms Bowl: Northwestern vs. UCLA
Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota vs. N.C. State
National Funding Holiday Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oregon
Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. LSU
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl: Iowa vs. Georgia
TaxSlayer Bowl: Penn State vs. Notre Dame
Rose Bowl Game: Michigan vs. Stanford
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (Playoff semifinal): Ohio State vs. Alabama