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Big Ten football bowl projections, CFP Playoff picks after week 5

The Big Ten has a rich, rich history in bowling and we expect it to continue in 2021 or so we think.

Here at Buckeyes Wire we’re keeping the tradition alive and giving you a look at where we think all the teams at the conference will end up when the dust settles on the season, which is hopefully free of COVID-19 drama.

We reevaluate every week with games and projects based on what we’ve seen. As the week progresses, we know a little more about each team and how things are, and we get a slightly better idea of ​​how good teams are. Week 5 offered more to see and more evidence of what postseason games might be like, but it’s still pretty early in the season.

Keep in mind that these bowl tie-ins and contractual preferences scenarios are very complicated for teams that were not involved in certain games. So we do our best to keep track of everything.

Here’s a look at the bowl projections after week 5 of college football season.

Quick Lane Bowl

09/17/2021; Champagne, Illinois, USA; Maryland Terrapins Wide Receiver Dontay Demus Jr. (7) catches a pass while Joriell Washington (10) is defended by the Illinois Fighting Illinois Defensive Back in the second half. Photo credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports


Monday December 27th
ESPN, 11:00 a.m. EST
Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. MAC
Bowl projection: Maryland vs. Western Michigan

Bowl with a guaranteed price

WATCH: What Rutgers HC Greg Schiano said about Ohio State after the game

Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Greg Schiano walks during pre-game warm-up before an NCAA Division I soccer game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey, on the field. Credit: USA TODAY Sports


Tuesday December 28th
Fuchs, 10:15 p.m. EST
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
Bowl tie-ins: Big Ten vs. Big 12
Projection: Rutgers vs. Texas Tech

Pinstripe shell

Indiana reiterates its stance on the state of Ohio going to the B1G championship game

Indiana manager Tom Allen speaks to Indiana players before running onto the pitch against Michigan State on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. Credit: USA TODAY Sports


Wednesday December 29th
ESPN, 2:15 p.m. EST
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Bowl tie-ins: Big Ten vs. ACC
Bowl projection: Indiana vs. Boston College

TransPerfect Music City Bowl

09/04/2021; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Jojo Domann (13) celebrates with linebacker Garrett Nelson (44) after intercepting the pass during the game against the Fordham Rams in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Photo credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports


Thursday December 30th
ESPN, 3:00 p.m. EST
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. SEC
Bowl projection: Nebraska vs. Tennessee

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl

09/02/2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Gophers head coach PJ Fleck and his players step onto the field before the game against the Minnesota Gophers at Huntington Bank Stadium. Photo credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports


Thursday December 30th
ESPN, 10:30 p.m. EST
Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Bowl projection: Minnesota vs. Stanford

Outback bowl

Michigan Wolverines defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97), linebacker Josh Ross (12) and defensive tackle Christopher Hinton (15) prepare for the second half against the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Photo credit: USA TODAY Sports


Saturday 1st January
ESPN2, noon IS
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. SEC
Bowl projection: Michigan vs. Florida

Citrus peel

Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (right) celebrates after a run against Nebraska during extra time on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. Credit: USA TODAY Sports


Saturday 1st January
ESPN2, 1:00 p.m. EST
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. SEC
Bowl projection: Michigan State vs. Auburn

NEXT… New Years Eve Six Bowls

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Penn State’s Brandon Smith arrives almost with an interception in the second quarter on Saturday September 18, 2021 at State College against Auburn at Beaver Stadium. Credit: USA TODAY Sports


Saturday 1st January
ESPN, 1 p.m. EST
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Bowl tie-ins, at-large vs. at-large
Bowl projection: Penn State vs. Cincinnati

Rose Bowl game

Iowa Hawkeyes player Ryan Gersonde (2) Riley Moss (33) quarterback Spencer Petras (7) wide receiver Max Cooper (19) and defensive back Jack Koerner (28) are inflated before an NCAA Big Ten Conference football game against Indiana on Saturday . September 4, 2021, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Credit: USA TODAY Sports


Saturday 1st January
ESPN, 5:00 p.m. EST
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California
Bowl Tie-Ins: Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Bowl projection: Iowa vs. Oregon

NEXT … College Football Playoff Predictions

Capital One orange peel

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Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Tyleik Williams (91) celebrates after the sacking of Akron Zips quarterback DJ Irons (0) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Akron Zips on Saturday, September 25 2021, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: USA TODAY Sports


Friday December 30th
ESPN, time TBA
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Bowl tie-ins: CFP vs. CFP
Bowl projection: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Goodyear Classic Cotton Bowl

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