Bowl predictions 2014 news comes from the Big Ten now. These latest 2014 bowl predictions include the Rose, Capital One, Gator, and Outback Bowl games from Jan. 1. The conference will have a great chance to prove itself to the college football world on New Year's Day. A report from Tuesday (Dec. 31) lays out the bold picks from the ESPN Big Ten college football experts. Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett weigh in with their picks after finishing 81-18 each in regular season calls.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers play in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl to start off the day on Wednesday (Jan. 1). Game time is 12 p.m. ET and both experts have the 8-4 Cornhuskers losing to No. 22 Georgia. The team is also playing without its starting quarterback, making it much tougher to put points on the board. Bennett has Georgia winning 31-23 and Rittenberg has Georgia winning 34-27.
It's the Iowa Hawkeyes vs. LSU Tigers in the Outback Bowl at 1 p.m. ET. The Hawkeyes allowed only 18.8 points per game during the season, showing that this could be a game controlled by the defenses. Stopping Jeremy Hill and the No. 16 ranked Tigers will be no easy task though. The experts are split on this one, with Bennett calling a 24-20 LSU victory and Rittenberg going with a 20-17 Iowa upset.
The 2014 bowl predictions from the Big Ten continues with the Wisconsin vs. South Carolina Capital One Bowl at 1 p.m. ET. In a unanimous selection by the experts, they have the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers shutting down the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks. Bennett predicts a 20-17 Badgers victory and Rittenberg has a 24-21 pick.
The final game on Jan. 1 for the Big Ten is the Michigan State vs. Stanford Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. ET. This could be the most defensive-minded bowl game of the season, with both teams presenting top 10 ranked defenses. Rittenberg stated that this was his toughest game to call, but he sided with Stanford in a 21-17 win. Bennett went with a 17-16 Spartans victory.
There is one more Big Ten postseason game for the 2014 bowl predictions and it is the Ohio State vs. Clemson Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. the experts are again split, even though they both predict that a lot of points will be scored in this game. Bennett sides with the Clemson Tigers 38-35 and Rittenberg goes with the Ohio State Buckeyes 41-38.
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