Wisconsin Bowl Projections - Week 13

Wisconsin Bowl Projections - Week 13

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Wisconsin Bowl Projections - Week 13

A topsy-turvy weekend could not have gone better for Wisconsin’s postseason projections.

Face the real possibility of losing their fourth straight road game and limping into the postseason, the Badgers registered their marquee win of the season with a 47-44 triple-overtime victory at Purdue Saturday. Not only did the Badgers beat a team who had knocked off three ranked teams at Ross-Ade Stadium this year, UW guaranteed itself to finish in the top five of the entire Big Ten. From a bowl perspective, that’s important.

In terms of the Big Ten, it’d be a shock if Michigan and Ohio State aren’t slotted in the New Year’s Six Bowl games. The Citrus Bowl in Orlando and Outback Bowl in Tampa are next up in the conference’s pecking order and as you’ll read, Wisconsin (7-4) is in the discussion for one of those games along with Penn State (8-3), Northwestern (7-4) and Iowa (7-4). While Penn State will likely be selected ahead of the Badgers, just because Northwestern beat Wisconsin doesn’t mean the Wildcats will be selected before the Badgers, especially since fan travel plays a big part.

In line for the Big Ten’s fifth team is the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, which is taking five different Big Ten teams in its six-year agreement. Wisconsin was there three seasons ago and beat USC. It’s not out of the question the Holiday Bowl wouldn’t jump at the chance to get UW and its dedicated fanbase back on the West Coast.

The Gator Bowl in Jacksonville and the Music City Bowl in Nashville share the next selection, as the Big Ten and ACC each get three appearances in each bowl during a six-year stretch. With the Big Ten has played in the past two Music City bowls, it seems likely the Gator Bowl will make a pick from the Big Ten after having ACC teams the last two years. That could be an attractive spot for UW and the bowl’s representatives have been to Madison this season.

The final three bowl affiliations are the Pinstripe Bowl in New York, Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara, California, and Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. UW’s victory at Purdue makes it unlikely the Badgers spend December in any one of those destinations. Of course, UW’s place in the pecking order could change with a home loss to Minnesota.

UW has won four straight bowl games, beating Auburn (2015 Outback Bowl), USC (2015 Holiday Bowl), Western Michigan (2017 Cotton Bowl) and Miami (2017 Orange Bowl). That is tied for the longest current bowl winning streak in the country (with Georgia, Louisiana Tech and Utah).

After 12 weeks of the College Football season, here are some projections for Wisconsin’s postseason bowl destination.

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