Last season, only 10 teams were eligible for the postseason, but that did not stop the Big Ten from filling seven of eight bowl slots. Although the conference missed out on having two BCS bowl games for the first time in a few years, that allowed for better matchups in the bottom-tier bowls.
As usual, the difficult bowl slate did the Big Ten in, as the conference only managed two wins in those seven games. Northwestern and Michigan State brought home wins, and both of those teams are hoping to catapult this momentum into better 2013 seasons.
As we continue our 2013 season previews, let's take a first look at the Big Ten bowl projections for next season.
There are a few rules and assumptions made in selecting these games:
1. The Big Ten bowl selection order: Rose/BCS, Capital One, Outback, Gator, Buffalo Wild Wings, Meineke Car Care, Heart of Dallas, Little Caesar's Pizza
2. Currently projecting the four at-large BCS berths as SEC, Pac-12, Big Ten and independent or small conference for the final slot.
3. Projections from other conferences are based on bowl selection orders for those conferences and the post-spring power rankings available on multiple sources, including conference beat writers and our own here on Bleacher Report.
How will bowl season shake out if everything goes to plan? Here's the rundown, in alphabetic order.