Wisconsin Smells Roses; Sweet Selection For Michigan

Wisconsin Smells Roses; Sweet Selection For Michigan

The Big Ten will have two teams representing the conference in the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) as Wisconsin and Michigan will be making trips to the Rose and Sugar Bowls respectively. It is the seventh consecutive season the Big Ten has sent two teams to the BCS.

Wisconsin earned their second straight trip to the Rose Bowl after defeating Michigan State in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday. Michigan was an “at large” bid for the Sugar Bowl after finishing the regular season 10-2. It is Michigan’s first BCS bowl since the 2006 season.

As Big Ten champion, Wisconsin will face Pac-12 champion, Oregon. Michigan will face Virginia Tech, an at large bid from the ACC.

The credit not only goes with those two schools, however. The Big Ten is sending a league record 10 schools to bowl games.

Here is the complete bowl schedule for the Big Ten:

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Dec. 27)
Purdue vs. Western Michigan, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Insight Bowl (Dec. 30)
Iowa vs. Oklahoma, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Dec. 31)
Northwestern vs. Texas A&M, noon ET, ESPN

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (Dec. 31)
Illinois vs. UCLA, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

TicketCity Bowl (Jan. 2)
Penn State vs. Houston, noon ET, ESPNU

Outback Bowl (Jan. 2)
Michigan State vs. Georgia, 1 p.m. ET, ABC

Capital One Bowl (Jan. 2)
Nebraska vs. South Carolina, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN

TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (Jan. 2)
Ohio State vs. Florida, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO (Jan. 2)
Wisconsin vs. Oregon, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Michigan vs. Virginia Tech, Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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  • First off, WOW!!! That's about all I got for the Championship game. I was lucky enough to steal cheap tickets on StubHub and attend the game with my father. I don't think we could have seen a better game between better teams. This was D1 football at it's highest level and, on this night, the only team in the country that could have beaten either team was the one on the sideline across the field, that's right LSU!!!!!!
    The atmosphere was as spectacular as any of the 8 Big Ten stadiums I visited for games (including Nebraska when a member of the Big 12). 64,000 plus screaming for 3 plus hours with a pretty equal split of UW and MSU fans. I saw apparel for all conference schools except Minnesota, but someone had to wearing it somewhere. The game and the company for it could not have been better, having my team win (I grew up near Green Bay) and buying the team championship hat outside the stadium afterward were a bonus for the entire experience of the first championship game.

    As for the league as a whole sending 10 teams to bowls is great for the conference and I see a great chance for the conference to go 3-0 vs. those snobs from the SEC and maybe 7-3 or 8-2 overall. Great season for Big Ten football.

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