Originally written November 13, 2012 on Maize & Blue Nation:
You thought I forgot about doing bowl projections this week, didn't you? B1G Rank Bowl This Week Previous Week 1st Nebraska Nebraska 2nd Michigan Wisconsin 3rd Wisconsin Michigan 4th Michigan State Northwestern 5th Northwestern Indiana 6th Minnesota Michigan State 7th - Minnesota 8th - Iowa • Midway through the 3rd quarter last week, one of the Capital One Bowl reps on-hand in the pressbox was handing out bowl info sheets to media folks, and said to me that it's looking like Michigan is heading to their bowl game (he almost kinda chuckled when he said it, which I thought was weird). Mind you, this was when Michigan was deadlocked with Northwestern, and Penn State/Nebraska had yet to kickoff. I think they'd be tickled pink to have Michigan in their bowl game. Not to be outdone, but the Rose Bowl reps' black blazers with the Rose Bowl insignia stitched into the side was top-notch, first-class all the way. They were NOT handing out info sheets. I think the media knows were Pasadena is and how nice it is in January. Believe it or not, Michigan is still alive for the Rose Bowl, or even an at-large BCS bid. They're ranked 21st in the latest BCS rankings. And while it seems very unlikely, it's still plausible that if Michigan wins out, and they get a lot of help from other conferences, it could happen. To receive an 'at-large' bid, you must be ranked in the top-14 of the BCS rankings and have at minimum 9 wins. I'm not saying it's likely, but it's possible. • I don't think the league is going to fill all 8 of it's bowl tie-ins. Indiana and Purdue are both 4-6, and I think both of them each wins and loses one more game. Purdue should beat Illinois this week in Champaign. That means they need to win at home in the finale against Indiana for the Old Oaken Bucket. Indiana travels to Happy Valley which could actually be a very interesting matchup this weekend. A week ago, Indiana was on the inside track to the Rose Bowl. This week, they're not projected to be bowl-eligible. That's harsh. • Iowa's loss to Purdue all but sealed their fate for a bowl-less year. They have Michigan on the road this week and Nebraska at home next Friday. They need to win both. They will not. • Michigan State sits at 5-5, needing only a win over Northwestern at home this week, or Minnesota on the road next week to ensure a bowl bid. I think the winner of this week's game gets the Gator Bowl, while the loser heads to the B-Dubs Bowl. I bet Gator Bowl reps are rooting for Michigan State. window.dctile = Number(window.dctile) + 1 || 1; window.dc_ord = Number(window.dc_ord) || Math.floor(Math.random() * 1E10); if (dctile==1) {var vdcopt = 'ist';} else {vdcopt = '';} if (17>dctile) document.write('\n');

Giants shut out Pirates, advance to NLDS

Cowboys' Spillman accused of rape at team hotel

Report: Patriots benched WR for mouthing off to coach

Jose Bautista busts up reporter over Twitter

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy, loses because of it


Josh Gordon says NFL’s drug policy is harrassment

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

Donald Sterling’s wife called the cops on V. Stiviano

Byron Scott explains why Kobe wouldn't make a good coach

WATCH: Mayweather shocked someone doesn’t know who he is

Who is the new face of MLB?

NHL 15 predicts the LA Kings win the Cup again

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

Aaron Rodgers says smoking gesture a tribute to Jay Cutler

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Scott: Kobe would not be a good coach

Pats WR benched for mouthing off?

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Donnell benches himself in fantasy and loses

Gordon: Drug policy is harrassment

Who is the new face of baseball?

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.