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Tough slate of bowl opponents for the conference. Your Big Ten Bowlers:


Champs Sports
Wisconsin vs. Florida State     Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl     Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m.

Missouri vs. Northwestern     San Antonio
Alamodome     Dec. 29, 8 p.m.

Kansas vs. Minnesota     Tempe, Ariz.
Sun Devil Stadium     Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m.

South Carolina vs. Iowa     Tampa, Fla.
Raymond James Stadium     Jan. 1, 2009, 11 a.m.

Capital One
Georgia vs. Michigan State     Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl     Jan. 1, 2009, 1 p.m.

Rose Bowl Game
Penn State vs. USC     Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl     Jan. 1, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Ohio State vs. Texas     Glendale, Ariz.
University of Phoenix Stadium     Jan. 5, 2009, 8 p.m.

Haven't seen any odds yet, but I have to think that Iowa is the only team that will be favored*. The Champs Sports Bowl is likely to be an ugly Wisconsin loss.  Kansas and Missouri aren't great, but they're better than the soft middle of Big Ten**.  Similarly, even though Georgia is wildly over-rated on an annual basis, Sparty's in for a solid pounding in the Cap One.  We already know Penn State and Ohio State will be underdogs***.

The theme for Big Ten bowl teams?  Nothing to lose.  It's not like the conference's reputation could get much worse.

* - That may be last-resort wishful thinking in order to just have one favored team.

** - Although I could totally see Northwestern winning that game, somehow.

*** - Penn State opens at +10; Ohio State +8.