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Bottom of Big Ten bowl picture taking shape

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Kansas has started to sell tickets for the Insight Bowl, and it appears as though the Jayhawks will face Minnesota on New Year's Eve in Tempe, Ariz.

A source familiar with Minnesota's bowl situation told me the Gophers are a virtual lock to play in the Insight Bowl for the second time in three years. The source said he's "99 percent sure" the Gophers will end up in Tempe.

The only thing that could block Minnesota from the Insight is if Ohio State doesn't earn a BCS at-large berth. A USC loss today could block the Buckeyes from the BCS, but everyone in the Big Ten is preparing for Ohio State to join Penn State in the big bowls.

Should Minnesota end up in the Insight Bowl, Wisconsin will go to the Champs Sports Bowl and face an ACC opponent. There has been some debate as to whether the Badgers wanted a fifth consecutive trip to a Florida bowl game, but barring a shake-up, they'll head back to the Sunshine State.