College Football: Bowl season

Bowl season is in full swing for the Big Ten.


Lily Smith

Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley looks to pass the ball during the Iowa/Nebraska football game at Kinnick Stadium on Friday, November 23, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskers, 31-28, with a last second field goal.

Jordan Zuniga, Sports Reporter

Big Ten Power Rankings

1) Ohio State (12-1)

Another mid-season blowout road loss keeps Ohio State out of the playoffs. Again.


2) Michigan (10-2)

Jim Harbaugh still can’t beat Urban Meyer. Luckily for him, he won’t have to anymore.


3) Northwestern (8-5)

Still don’t know how the Wildcats won the West.


4) Penn State (9-3)

Saquan Barkley was McSorley missed this season.


5) Iowa (8-4)

8-4 seems a lot more disappointing than it should, but hey, at least it’s better than Nebraska.


6) Wisconsin (7-5)

The good news for Badger fans is: This season is almost over. The bad news is: Alex Hornibrook has another year.


7) Purdue (6-6)

Jeff Brohm might actually get the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Championship game in the near future.


8) Michigan State (7-5)

L.J. Scott may have set the unofficial record for most driving arrests in a college career.


9) Minnesota (6-6)

At least the Gophers finally got that axe back.


10) Maryland (5-7)

Once you’ve made a decision, stick with it. Also, don’t decide to keep a coach who could have in anyway been involved in the death of a player. I think this was common sense.


11) Nebraska (4-8)

Can someone remind Nebraska fans that it’s 2018 and not 1995?


12) Indiana (5-7)



13) Illinois (4-8)

The Illinois Athletics Department was apparently so thrilled with its 4-8 performance that it locked Lovie Smith up for two more years


14) Rutgers (1-11)

At least it won one.


Big Ten schedule

Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech

Dec. 26, 4:15 p.m., ESPN

Look for the Yellow Jackets to go for the knockout on Boxing Day.


Wisconsin vs. Miami

Dec. 27, 4:15 p.m., ESPN

Turnover chain should get some use with Hornibrook behind center for Wisconsin.


Purdue vs. Auburn

Dec. 28, 12:30 p.m., ESPN

Purdue has been good this year, but it won’t be good enough in this one.


Florida vs. Michigan

Dec. 29, 11 a.m., ESPN

Jim Harbaugh might not be able to beat Urban Meyer, but he should beat Meyer’s former team in this one.


Michigan State vs. Oregon

Dec. 31, 2 p.m., FOX

Two top-tier programs with “meh” seasons collide. The Cristobal has the Spartans winning in a close one.


Northwestern vs. Utah

Dec. 31, 6 p.m., FS1

This one shouldn’t be too hard to win for the Utes. Then again, Pat Fitzgerald’s team has done well as the underdogs this season.


Iowa vs. Mississippi State

Jan. 1, 11 a.m., ESPN2

With these two defenses, this should be your typical Big Ten slugfest. If Iowa can run the ball, it should win.


Kentucky vs. Penn State

Jan. 1, 12 p.m., ABC

Kentucky hasn’t won 10 games in a season since 1977. Penn State will ensure that streak continues another year


Washington vs. Ohio State

Jan. 1, 4 p.m., ESPN

Dwayne Haskins is just too good; the Urban Meyer era should come to an end in a rosy way.