For just the second time in conference history, 10 Big Ten schools were selected for bowl competition on Sunday night. The Big Ten’s total of 10 bowl teams equals the conference record for most bowl berths in a season, matching the 10 postseason teams following the 2011 campaign.
Big Ten Conference Champion Ohio State earned a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl and Michigan State is headed to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, another College Football Playoff bowl. In addition, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin collected bids as part of the largest and most diverse postseason lineup in conference history.
The Ohio State Buckeyes were granted the No. 4 seed after winning the Big Ten Football Championship game and will take on top seeded Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Years Day in New Orleans.
Michigan State heads to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl where it will face Baylor on New Years Day in Arlington, Texas.
Minnesota will play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida against Missouri.
Wisconsin will square off against Auburn in the Outback Bowl on New Years Day in Tampa, Florida.
Nebraska will play in the National University Holiday Bowl, Dec. 27th in San Diego against USC.
Iowa will take on Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville.
Penn State will make the Big Ten’s debut in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 against Boston College, played at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York.
Maryland will face Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 30 in Santa Clara, California.
Rutgers takes on North Carolina in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 in Detroit.
Illinois makes its first bowl appearance since the 2011 season against Louisiana Tech in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26 in Dallas, Texas.