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    B1G in bowl games

    Any thoughts on how they will fair this year in bowl games? I will be rooting hard against them.

    Western Michigan vs. Purdue
    Iowa vs. Oklahoma
    Northwestern vs. Texas A&M
    Illinois vs. UCLA
    Penn State vs. Houston
    Nebraska vs. South Carolina
    Ohio State vs. Florida
    Michigan State vs. Georgia
    Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
    Wisconsin vs. Oregon

    I think they will go 3-7 with possible wins coming from Purdue, Illinois ( because of there favorable matchups) and I think OSU and Wisconsin also have a chance. I don't know, just my thoughts


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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    I've got Purdue, Penn State, and Michigan winning for them. Toss them an upset and 4-6 is pretty reasonable.

    Also, Penn State plays Houston, not Utah.



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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Oops! Good catch, not sure what I was doing. It's all fixed.



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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Penn State and Purdue will win, Illinois is on a 6 game losing streak, not really sure on the other matchups. I will definitely be cheering against all of them though.



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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Say what you want about the Big Ten but that's a pretty tough lineup for them. They will play a conference champ, four teams that played in their conference championship and one that played for the championship.


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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Quote Originally Posted by Tre4ISU View Post
    Say what you want about the Big Ten but that's a pretty tough lineup for them. They will play a conference champ, four teams that played in their conference championship and one that played for the championship.
    The price of two BCS teams.



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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Yeah they definitely got some pretty hard matchups but I can't say I feel for them. That's what they get after getting 2 into BCS bowls.



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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    I'm not sold on Purdue beating a Michigan MAC team in Michigan.

    They had a painfully average year and were rescued by an easy schedule and the general mediocracy of the Big Ten. They lost to Rice. They finished the year by beating the worst team in FBS by 8 points.



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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    The price of two BCS teams.
    And how exactly would only having one team in a BCS Bowl change the fact that the Big Ten will still play a conference champ, four that played in their conference championship game and one that played for the championship?



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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Nothing new here. Getting 2 BCS bowls is a blessing and a curse. As a result we have teams that are a bit overmatched... look no further than 7-5 Iowa against 9-3 Oklahoma. And we match up head-to-head with SEC's top tier teams every year.



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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeyescott View Post
    And how exactly would only having one team in a BCS Bowl change the fact that the Big Ten will still play a conference champ, four that played in their conference championship game and one that played for the championship?
    This isn't that hard. You move your second best to the BCS, and then everyone has to play one "harder" oppoent so instead of 2 vs 2 it is now 2 vs 3 which, IMO is a lot of the reason the Big Ten has had a poor recent bowl history. A lot of the time they have been playing better teams relative to their conference. Their bowl setup was also bad from a competetive advantage standpoint.


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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Purdue and Penn State should win their games. Ohio St./Florida should be a toss up, although Florida will probably win the Urban Meyer Bowl. And I really want to say aTm chokes and loses to Northwestern, but they're essentially just a crappy Big 12 team, so they should win that. Then we get to the bowl nobody will ever want to watch, unless there's nothing else on. UCLA/Illinois is going to be ugly. I'd have them at 4-6.



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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Also, they could very well lose all of those games. I think Michigan, Illinois, OSU and Purdue are the only teams not completely overmatched. Illinois has Zook background though so they are always overmatched. It's going to be ugly strictly looking at record.


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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    Quote Originally Posted by Tre4ISU View Post
    Also, they could very well lose all of those games. I think Michigan, Illinois, OSU and Purdue are the only teams not completely overmatched. Illinois has Zook background though so they are always overmatched. It's going to be ugly strictly looking at record.
    Maybe Penn State too? Houston is largely overrated.



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    Re: B1G in bowl games

    ^^ I have a feeling he won't be around here long...


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    I agree. We didn't choose Iowa State because it is easy. We chose Iowa State because it is awesome.
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