Bowl Projections (And More!) – Week 9 Recap

After consecutive upset-filled weekends, week 9 was relatively calm across the college football landscape. Here’s our glance around the interwebs at who the experts are projecting to our game on December 27th:

  • Big 12/Big Ten Bloggers: Kansas State vs. Iowa
  • Brad Edwards – ESPN: Kansas State vs. Minnesota
  • Mark Schlabach – ESPN: Kansas State vs. Iowa
  • Jerry Palm – Kansas State vs. Indiana
  • Jason Kirk – SBNation: Kansas State vs. Nebraska
  • Kansas State vs. Iowa
  • Texas Bowl Staff: Kansas State vs. Iowa

Where we stand: As you can tell from above, there seems to be somewhat of a consensus on the Big 12 side, as all of our bowl expert projections are pointing to the Kansas State Wildcats as the Big 12 representative. Kansas State is currently tied with TCU & West Virginia in total wins at three, halfway to the six they’ll need to become bowl eligible with five games remaining. However the Wildcats looked much better on Saturday in a 35-12 win over West Virginia after a tough three game stretch that included Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor.

Barring a number of upsets it looks like the Big 12 field is slowly being narrowed down to those three depending on how the last few games shake out.

Things get a little murkier when it comes to the Big Ten’s selection, as the majority of the projections are showing the Iowa Hawkeyes, who only need one more win in their last four games to reach bowl eligibility.

Congrats to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on reaching six wins last weekend with a home upset over Nebraska. The Gophers, Huskers and the Indiana Hoosiers round out our other possible teams from the Big Ten side.

Likely 2014 matchup: Every week, we’ll take a look at what our potential matchup would be next year, as we move up two spots in the Big 12 and into a rotation of selections in the SEC. Here’s our (admittedly somewhat wild) guess as to who could be our teams if the 2014 lineup was played this year:

  • Big 12 #3 (after CFB Playoff): Texas Longhorns
  • SEC selection (pool of bowls after CFB Playoff & Capital One Bowl): LSU Tigers

Game ball goes to: Phillip Nelson – QB, Minnesota: The stats weren’t spectacular, but there’s no question that Nelson was one of the main reasons the Gophers were able to upset the 24th ranked Cornhuskers on Saturday, making Minnesota bowl eligible for the second consecutive year. Nelson was an efficient 7 for 15 for 152 yards passing and a touchdown, adding two more touchdowns on the ground, including a game-sealing one yard plunge with 48 seconds left to put Minnesota up by 2 scores. The Gophers defeated Nebraska for the first time since 1960, ending a 16 game losing streak against the Huskers.

Speaking of Kansas State: Wrong sport, but we still felt like we needed to share this great video from our friends in Manhattan:

Ohio State does it again: After wowing college football fans across the country with an entertaining Michael Jackson tribute last week, the Ohio State Marching Band was at it again on Saturday, this time with a movie montage performance that featured a giant Harry Potter flying across the field, T-Rex chowing down on a rival QB, and a fireworks-filled, Pirates of the Caribbean themed skirmish between Wolverine and Buckeye warships. You can probably guess who won the battle.

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