Though the very top of the Big Ten is doing well, Week 2 wasn’t a great one for the conference.

I’ve dropped Ohio State from the CFP to the NY6 after Texas’ huge win over Alabama. Georgia, Michigan, Florida State and Texas have been the most interesting teams in the country to this point. For now, the Buckeyes have been kicked down to the Orange Bowl.

Penn State is very interesting this year. Drew Allar and company had another good week and could be poised to make things interesting at the top of the B1G. Still, until they prove it, the Nittany Lions will be in the No. 3 slot.

After that, things get messy. Wisconsin lost out of nowhere to Washington State, while Iowa beat Iowa State in the Cy-Hawk rivalry. Thus, the Hawkeyes move up to the Citrus Bowl slot for now against Tennessee with Wisconsin facing Ole Miss in the ReliaQuest Bowl.

Maryland and Minnesota look like 6-win teams without a doubt this year. Nebraska is a different story, but I believe they’ll be able to squeak to 6 wins by the end of the year despite the Huskers still being winless entering Week 3.

For what it’s worth, if Rutgers can beat Michigan State on Oct. 14 – a task made easier with uncertainty surrounding Michigan State HC Mel Tucker– there is definitely a path to 6 wins for the Scarlet Knights. We’ll have them doing just that for now.

Illinois has been dropped entirely. Losing to Kansas takes away a win the Illini needed, and Bret Bielema’s squad looked rough against the Jayhawks.

Big Ten bowl projections following Week 2

Rose Bowl (CFP semifinal): Michigan vs. Florida State

Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. North Carolina

Fiesta Bowl: Penn State vs. Washington

Cheez-It Citrus Bowl: Iowa vs. Ole Miss

ReliaQuest Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Tennessee

Music City Bowl: Maryland vs. Texas A&M

Las Vegas Bowl: Minnesota vs. UCLA

Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers vs. Louisville

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Nebraska vs. TCU