The Big Ten reporting crew thought about scrapping this entirely after a week in which few teams in this conference looked worthy of a postseason trip. An uninspiring day of MAC-tion and near misses slipped into a night of three double-digit losses in marquee games, including Michigan's first scoreless performance after going an NCAA record 365 straight games without one.
It's still very, very early, but good luck in finding a path to the playoff for a Big Ten team that doesn't go undefeated. The fact is winning this league might not resonate with the selection committee after what we saw in Week 2.
We have no Big Ten teams in the field of four, but two (Michigan State and Ohio State) assigned to other major bowls by the playoff selection committee. The Wisconsin-Iowa-Nebraska bloc is pretty much interchangeable, but we're trying to avoid repeat destinations, a mandate from the Big Ten in the new structure.
Michigan moves down a rung or two after its embarrassing loss to Notre Dame. Minnesota moves up a spot and the bottom remains the same. Illinois is close to entering the projections, but we need to see a little more.
Our Week 2 projections ...
Chick-fil-A Peach/Cotton/Fiesta/Orange: Michigan State
Chick-fil-A Peach/Cotton/Fiesta/Orange: Ohio State
Capital One: Nebraska
National University Holiday: Iowa
TaxSlayer/Franklin American Mortgage Music City: Minnesota
San Francisco: Michigan
New Era Pinstripe: Maryland
Quick Lane: Indiana
Heart of Dallas: Rutgers