Big Ten preseason bowl projections

There's nothing more wild and crazy than projecting bowl games before a single game has kicked off. But we're two wild and crazy guys.

The Big Ten bowl projections take on a new dimension this year, as the league splits into divisions and adds a championship game. The title game means one more loss for a typically elite team. Will the league keep its streak alive of sending two teams to BCS bowls? Is there a national championship contender in the group? Who stays home for the holidays?

The league race figures to be as competitive as it has been in recent memory. There could be a bunch of teams finishing with 7-9 wins, and if so, bowl selections likely will come down to other factors (fan base, etc.).

Here's our best stab at projecting who goes where come December and January.

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO: Wisconsin vs. BCS team

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Nebraska vs. BCS team

Capital One Bowl: Ohio State vs. SEC team

Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. SEC team

Gator Bowl: Penn State vs. SEC team

Insight Bowl: Michigan State vs. Big 12 team

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Michigan vs. Big 12 team

TicketCity Bowl: Illinois vs. Big 12 team

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Northwestern vs. MAC team

At-large bowl: Purdue