Take one cursory look at the Big Ten standings just two weeks out from the end of the regular season, and you might be thinking things are actually doing alright here in the Midwest. Ohio State’s rocking a 10-0 record, and Nebraska’s on the fast track to the Rose Bowl at 8-2. Michigan, Northwestern and Wisconsin are all at 7-3 and could well be playing for a 10-win season in their bowl games.
Heck, wouldn’t that be something? Five Big Ten teams with 10 or more wins! Guess who’s back, baby!
Don’t do this. Don’t kid yourself and don’t think the Big Ten’s “back.” It’s essentially the same Big Ten it was in September—it’s just that now that all the teams are playing each other, there’s no chance for other conferences to knock teams down a peg. The cream rises to the top, the wins come in bunches, bada bing, bada boom.
So, sure, the wins are coming to the top teams. But after that, when bowl season rolls around? Expect pain.
Look at our projected bowl destinations for each team. You…
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