Big Ten did not fare well in Bowl Games on New Year’s Day. Texas Tech over Northtwestern 45-38, Florida over Penn State 37-24, #15 Alabama pounded #7 Michigan State seven squared to 7, #21 Mississippi State over Michigan 52- 14and, although close, #3 TCU over #4 Wisconsin 21-19 in the Rose Bowl.
I am more of a round ball fan then pigskin, but we can’t let rankings go to our head.
Associated Press and Coaches Polls hold Ohio State 2/2, Purdue 12/11, Minnesota 14/13, Michigan State 20/19, Illinois 23/25 and Wisconsin n/24 as top 25 team; I see each at this point in the big dance in March. Northwestern, although not a ranked team right now, may very well see themselves in those brackets in March.
The ranks did not fare well for Big Ten in Pig Skin, but I realistically see 3 to 4 Big Ten Teams in the Elite Eight, depending on how the brackets form.