Final Big Ten Bowl Projections, Football Rankings

    Michigan State is on top of the mountain, but where does the rest of the conference measure up after a strong all-around season?

    September 26, 2016

    Michigan State is on top of the mountain, but where does the rest of the conference measure up after a strong all-around season?


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    Final Big Ten Football Rankings

    1. Michigan State 12-1
    2. Ohio State 11-1
    3. Iowa 12-1
    4. Michigan 9-3
    5. Northwestern 10-2
    6. Wisconsin 9-3
    7. Penn State 7-5
    8. Indiana 6-6
    9. Nebraska 5-7
    10. Minnesota 5-7
    11. Illinois 5-7
    12. Maryland 3-9
    13. Rutgers 4-8
    14. Purdue 2-10

    Final Big Ten Bowl Projections

    The only real question will be the College Football Playoff rankings when it comes to Iowa and Ohio State. The higher-ranked team will get the Rose Bowl, while the other will almost certainly get the Fiesta. Either way, it’s not the playoff.

    Where will Michigan and Northwestern be put in the mix? The Wildcats have the better record, but the Wolverines won the head-to-head matchup. There are plenty of options for the other three bowl eligible teams – Wisconsin, Penn State and Indiana – with six spots open, but that’s when the APR kicks in. Minnesota and Nebraska are 5-7, but with open bowl slots, they’re both likely to get an exemption because of their solid Academic Progress Rate.

    Michigan State

    College Football Playoff, Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs. College Football Playoff

    Iowa

    Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual vs. Stanford

    Ohio State

    Fiesta Bowl vs. CFP Top 12

    Michigan

    Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl vs. SEC

    Northwestern

    Outback Bowl vs. SEC No. 3

    Wisconsin

    National University Holiday Bowl vs. Pac-12

    Penn State

    TaxSlayer Bowl vs. SEC

    Indiana

    New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. ACC or Notre Dame

    Nebraska

    Foster Farms Bowl vs. Pac-12

    Minnesota

    Quick Lane Bowl vs. ACC or Notre Dame (but no ACC team projected available)

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