Final B1G bowl projections: Michigan, Ohio State earn CFP spots
Well, here we are. The end of the road.
The College football regular season and conference championships have come and gone. What remains is a pretty clear top 4: Georgia, Michigan, TCU and Ohio State. Likely in that order, though Alabama fans will make their case for the Crimson Tide hopping in over TCU or Ohio State.
The Wolverines and Buckeyes seem to be shoo-ins for the final field of 4, but are unlikely to meet each other outside of the national championship game. With Ohio State’s backdoor entrance into the field with USC’s loss, expect Penn State to earn a trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl.
Purdue fought valiantly, more than earning its spot in the Citrus bowl against LSU, which was easily downed by Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. It’s pretty clear that the Boilers are the No. 4 team in the conference and will face a good Tigers team as reward.
Illinois is up next against a red-hot South Carolina, followed by Iowa in the Music City Bowl against Ole Miss. Minnesota, Maryland and Wisconsin were the final 3 B1G teams to earn bowl eligibility this season.
Final B1G/CFP bowl projections
Fiesta Bowl (Playoff semifinal): Michigan vs. TCU
Peach Bowl (Playoff semifinal): Georgia vs. Ohio State
Rose Bowl: Penn State vs. Utah
Citrus Bowl: Purdue vs. LSU
Reliaquest Bowl: Illinois vs. South Carolina
Duke’s Mayo Bowl: Minnesota vs. Duke
Pinstripe Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Pitt
Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Maryland vs Baylor