Big Ten bowl projections, College Football Playoff predictions after Week 8

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The Big Ten has a rich, rich history in bowl games, and the expectations are that it will continue in 2021, or so we think.

Here at Buckeyes Wire, we keep the tradition going and give you a look at where we think all the teams in the conference will end up when the dust settles on the season, one that has been — and hopefully will continue to be — COVID-19 drama-free for the most part.

We re-evaluate after each week with games and projects based on what we have seen. Week 8 offered another big upset of a team in the top ten along with some surprising struggles from other big-name teams, so it’s had us once again shuffle our bowl projections and predictions.

Keep in mind these scenarios are very complicated with bowl-tie-ins and contractual preferences for teams that have not been involved in certain matches, so we do our best to track it all.

Here’s a look at the bowl projections after Week 8 of the college football season.

Quick Lane Bowl

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Monday, Dec. 27
ESPN, 11 a.m EST
Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. MAC
Bowl Projection: Nebraska vs. Western Michigan

Guaranteed Rate Bowl

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Tuesday, Dec. 28
Fox, 10:15 p.m. EST
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. Big 12
Projection: No Big Ten team picked because of eligibility

Pinstripe Bowl

Dec 27, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; General view of the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl logo prior to the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Wisconsin Badgers at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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Wednesday, Dec. 29
ESPN, 2:15 p.m. EST
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. ACC
Bowl Projection: Purdue vs. Syracuse

TransPerfect Music City Bowl

Dec 30, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of the Music City Bowl logo prior to the game between the Texas A&M Aggies and Louisville Cardinals in the 2015 Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Thursday, Dec. 30
ESPN, 3 p.m. EST
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. SEC
Bowl Projection: Wisconsin vs. Arkansas

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl

Dec 17, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; A general view of the 25th Las Vegas Bowl logo at midfield at Sam Boyd Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Thursday, Dec. 30
ESPN, 10:30 p.m. EST
Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Bowl Projection: Penn State vs. Oregon State

Outback Bowl

TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: A goalpost displays the game logo before the Michigan Wolverines play against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2013, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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Saturday, Jan. 1
ESPN2, noon EST
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. SEC
Bowl Projection: Michigan State vs. Auburn

Citrus Bowl

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Saturday, Jan. 1
ESPN2, 1 p.m. EST
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. SEC
Bowl Projection: Iowa vs. Ole Miss

NEXT … New Year’s Six Bowls

Rose Bowl Game

With Pac-12 and Big Ten postponing seasons, bring on spring Rose Bowl?
With Pac-12 and Big Ten postponing seasons, bring on spring Rose Bowl?

Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; General overall view of the 2018 Rose Bowl logo at midfield before a college football playoff semifinal game Oklahoma Sooners and the Georgia Bulldogs at Rose Bowl Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Saturday, Jan. 1
ESPN, 5 p.m. EST
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Bowl Projection: Michigan vs. Oregon

NEXT … College Football Playoff Predictions

Capital One Orange Bowl

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Friday, Dec. 30
ESPN, Time TBA
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Bowl Tie-Ins: CFP vs. CFP
Bowl Projection: Georgia vs. Ohio State

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

Dec 29, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; General overall view of the 2017 Cotton Bowl logo at midfield before between the Southern California Trojans Trojans and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Friday, Dec. 30
ESPN, Time TBA
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Bowl Tie-Ins: CFP vs. CFP
Bowl Projection: Oklahoma vs. Alabama

College Football Playoff national championship game presented by AT&T

Mar 13, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Lucas Oil Stadium is seen following the cancellation of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament due to concerns over the Covid 19 coronavirus. Lucas Oil Stadium was to be the site of an NCAA men’s basketball regional. Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Monday, Jan. 10
ESPN, 8 p.m. EST
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
Bowl Tie-Ins: CFP vs. CFP
Bowl Projection: Georgia vs. Alabama

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