As college football says goodbye to the BCS era, the Big Ten also says goodbye to its current bowl lineup.
Gone will be the annual mass exodus to Florida for New Year's Day and instead the conference will spread itself throughout the country. From the Pinstripe Bowl in New York, to the Music City bowl in Nashville, Tenn., to the Holiday and Fight Hunger bowls in California—the Big Ten will be seen from sea to shining sea.
For the here and now though, the Big Ten is looking to get back some of the prominence it has lost in the past few years.
The conference went 2-5 in bowl games last season, with Michigan State and Northwestern holding down the B1G flag, and over the past 10 years the conference has gone just 28-47 in all bowl games.
Since the inception of the BCS, the Big Ten has gone just 12-14 in BCS games and in the final year of this system it will put two teams, Michigan State and Ohio State, into the big-money games.
How do those games play out? What about the rest of the slate?
Before we head into the mix of this season's bowl games, let us remind you of where I finished the regular season in my picks.
2013 Picks: 76-21 (49-47-1 ATS)
*All Odds Courtesy VegasInsider.com.