How Big Ten title game impacts Iowa’s bowl destination

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ANSWER: It really doesn’t matter what happens in the Big Ten Championship Game in regard to Iowa’s bowl placement. Both teams are ahead of the Hawkeyes in the conference standings.

If there’s one situation to watch, however, it’s Ohio State. Should Wisconsin win the game decisively, there’s potential for Ohio State to fall out of the New Year’s Six bowl selections. That’s only a big deal if Penn State is slotted in the Orange Bowl, which means the Big Ten loses its Citrus Bowl spot. If by chance that happens (it’s unlikely), Ohio State probably heads to the Outback Bowl and Michigan State goes to the Holiday Bowl.

Michigan could head to either the Pinstripe Bowl or Foster Farms Bowl. Northwestern perhaps goes to the Foster Farms Bowl or the Music City Bowl. Iowa probably lands in either the Pinstripe Bowl or Music City Bowl, just like before. There’s also the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit for Purdue or Iowa.

I doubt that scenario plays out, however. If Ohio State falls out of the New Year’s Six, I don’t see Penn State ending up in the Orange Bowl. It’s probably an SEC team. The prevailing scenario then is Michigan State to the Outback Bowl, Michigan to the Holiday Bowl, Northwestern to the Foster Farms, and Iowa or Purdue in either the Music City or Pinstripe.

So there’s really no team specifically for which to cheer this weekend. So enjoy disliking both Wisconsin and Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.

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