1 thing to know about every B1G bowl game
The Big Ten is sending 9 teams to bowl games in the 2021-22 postseason, including Michigan’s first appearance in the College Football Playoff.
The programs in this conference have a deep postseason history, and they will have plenty of chances to make some more in the coming weeks.
Here is one thing to know about each of the B1G’s 9 bowl games, listed in chronological order.
Guaranteed Rate: Minnesota vs. West Virginia (Dec. 28)
After 4 straight bowl appearances in NFL stadiums, the Golden Gophers will try their hand at a Major League Baseball facility. Chase Field in Phoenix, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, hosts the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, the first Big Ten postseason game this season.
Pinstripe: Maryland vs. Virginia Tech (Dec. 29)
The Terrapins and Hokies renew their former ACC rivalry at Yankee Stadium. Maryland and Virginia Tech met 31 times from 1919 through their last matchup in 2013, a 27-24 Terps victory. That result gave Maryland a 16-15 edge in the all-time series.
Music City: Purdue vs. Tennessee (Dec. 30)
The good news for the Boilermakers is that they’re in the postseason for the first time since the 2018 season, and it’s at the site of their most recent bowl appearance, in Nashville. The bad news is, that 2018 game was the program’s worst bowl loss ever, a 63-14 rout at the hands of Auburn.
Peach: Michigan State vs. Pittsburgh (Dec. 30)
The first of this season’s New Year’s 6 bowl games features the Spartans going against their former defensive coordinator, Pat Narduzzi, now Pitt’s head coach. But offense is where the ACC champion Panthers made their mark in 2021, averaging 503 yards per game to rank 5th in the FBS in total offense.
Las Vegas: Wisconsin vs. Arizona State (Dec. 30)
This is the 20th consecutive season that the Badgers are making a bowl appearance, the longest active streak in the B1G. Since the 1993 season, Wisconsin has only missed the postseason twice, a remarkable run for a program that had played only 6 bowl games until then.
Orange: Michigan vs. Georgia (CFP semifinal, Dec. 31)
The Wolverines are making their 4th appearance in the Orange Bowl and first since losing to Florida State 33-32 on Dec. 30, 2016. Oddly, for a program of Michigan’s pedigree, the last time the Wolverines won a major bowl was in the 2011 season, when they captured the Sugar Bowl over Virginia Tech.
Outback: Penn State vs. Arkansas (Jan. 1)
The Nittany Lions have the best bowl winning percentage of any Big Ten team involved in this year’s postseason, carrying a 30-18-2 all-time record (.620) into the Outback Bowl. Penn State is playing in Tampa for the first time since 2010, when PSU lost to Florida to cap Joe Paterno’s last full season.
Citrus: Iowa vs. Kentucky (Jan. 1)
The Hawkeyes have been streaky in bowls. Iowa has won its past 3 postseason appearances but had lost 5 in a row before that. And that skid followed a 3-game winning streak. This is Iowa’s first Orlando trip since the 2004 season, when the Hawkeyes beat LSU 30-25 in what was then the Capital One Bowl.
Rose: Ohio State vs. Utah (Jan. 1)
The Buckeyes are 26-27 all-time in bowl games and will be looking to get to .500 in their 16h Rose Bowl appearance. OSU’s 54th postseason game puts the scarlet and gray 5th all time, tied with Tennessee, and breaking what had been a tie at 53 with USC and Nebraska.