First, let me start off by saying I realize that this post is very early in the season, we are not bowl eligible, and the postseason landscape is hardly determinable. I am just a) excited at the prospect of going to a bowl again this year, and b) a big fan of FBS postseason (yes, including the BCS.)
Obviously, to determine where we'd fall, a little projection and guesswork is required. The last two years have caused me to behave carefully pessimistic, but nonetheless, I see us looking at 9-3 at the end of the season. Here is how I see the Big Ten finishing up:
***Note: Thanks to that rule change, Illinois, Indiana, and Northwestern would be bowl eligible even with one of their wins coming against a FCS opponent***
Yes, I know 9 Big Ten teams being bowl eligible is a little far-fetched, but it's possible.
Now, bowl implications:
OSU: National Championship vs. Alabama (they look too good to get beat during the regular season)
Rose Bowl: With a new rule in place, it looks like if OSU makes it to the BCS Championship, Boise St. or TCU or some other team might take our (The Big Ten's) spot here.
MSU: Capital One Bowl vs. SEC (probably Florida)
Iowa: Outback Bowl vs. SEC (South Carolina is my pick right now, and they'd be in for a tough game)
Michigan: Gator Bowl vs. SEC (LSU or Arkansas to draw some intrigue?)
Wisconsin: Insight Bowl vs. Big 12 (Missouri or Texas?)
Penn State: Dallas Football Classic vs. Big 12 (OK State or Texas A&M)
Illinois: Texas Bowl vs. Big 12 (Colorado?)
Indiana: Little Ceasar's Pizza Bowl vs. MAC Champ (Toledo)
Northwestern: Sorry, left out in the cold.
I find it rather likely that Indiana is also not chosen, but I'm including them for now. From what I can find, the bowl schedule is still a little fuzzy. What does anyone think of these matchups? Who would like to see Michigan return to the bowl games with a win over LSU and Miles or Arkansas and Mallet? Again, I realize this is super early, but something I'd like to discuss.