It's hard to believe that the final two weeks of regular season Big Ten football are upon us, but that is the reality. All the double bye weeks are finally done, leaving each team with two games left to improve their bowl positioning or fall down in the bowl pecking order.
At this point, only three teams have ensured a "home for the holidays" bowl season: Purdue (1-9), Illinois (3-7) and Penn State (NCAA Sanctions). Although the road will be tough for Northwestern and Indiana to make a bowl game, it is mathematically possible.
And that's where the following slides will take the projections for each team: to the edge of what is mathematically possible. Let's take a look at the best- and worst-case scenario for each Big Ten team with two weeks left to go.
For reference, the B1G bowl picking order is as follows:
- BCS Automatic Bid (Rose Bowl), potentially BCS at-large also
- Capital One Bowl
- Outback Bowl
- Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
- Gator Bowl
- Texas Bowl
- Heart of Dallas Bowl
- Little Caesars Pizza Bowl