Big Ten bowl projections: Week 5

So ... how about you, Nebraska?

We need to project somebody from the Big Ten to win the league and make the Rose Bowl. Michigan State's passing offense is too anemic. Michigan is too sloppy and still too reliant on Denard Robinson. Ohio State is ineligible. Wisconsin still has offensive issues. Northwestern and Minnesota are both 4-0 but probably not ready. Purdue would have to take a major step up.

So why not Nebraska, which we know at least has a seriously potent offense? We're not projecting Nebraska to the Rose Bowl because of anything that happened against Idaho State, mind you (well, except maybe for Rex Burkhead's return). There just isn't a better candidate right now.

The Huskers take the top spot for now. Northwestern, Purdue and Minnesota are all trending upward, while Iowa is hanging on by the thinnest of threads. Illinois is out after its 52-24 loss at home to Louisiana Tech.

Our latest attempt at picking the bowls (at least it's officially fall now):

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1): Nebraska

Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1): Michigan

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1): Purdue

Gator Bowl (Jan. 1): Michigan State

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Dec. 29): Northwestern

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Dec. 28): Wisconsin

TicketCity Bowl (Jan. 1): Minnesota

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Dec. 26): Iowa