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  1. First take: Big Ten bowl lineup

    Adam Rittenberg

    We've had some time to digest the bowl selections and examine the Big Ten's bowl lineup for this season. Here are some thoughts after looking over the bowl landscape: As usual, the Big Ten's bowl lineup will be challenging, but not as daunting...

    Blog | December 05, 2011
  2. Valero Alamo Bowl

    Adam Rittenberg

    Valero Alamo Bowl: Texas Tech (8-4) vs. Michigan State (6-6) Jan. 2, 9 p.m. (ESPN) This could go one of two ways for Michigan State. 1. Things completely fall apart in San Antonio, as an undermanned Spartans squad gutted by suspensions and dis...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  3. Insight Bowl

    Adam Rittenberg

    Minnesota (6-6) vs. Iowa State (6-6) Dec. 31, 6 p.m. (NFL Network) The Insight Bowl might not attract much national attention, but you can bet it'll mean a lot in the upper Midwest. Minnesota and Iowa State haven't played since 1997, but the ...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  4. FedEx Orange Bowl

    Adam Rittenberg

    FedEx Orange Bowl: Iowa (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (11-2) Jan. 5, 8 p.m., (FOX) Nothing came easily for Iowa this season, even the team's BCS at-large berth. Hawkeyes fans had to sweat it out Sunday night and hope bowl selection committees prior...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  5. Outback Bowl

    Adam Rittenberg

    Outback Bowl: Northwestern (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5) Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (ESPN) After being snubbed by the Outback Bowl for Iowa last year, Northwestern received a somewhat surprising invitation to the Tampa game, as it makes its first Jan. 1 bowl appea...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  6. Champs Sports Bowl

    Adam Rittenberg

    Champs Sports Bowl: Wisconsin (9-3) vs. Miami (9-3) Dec. 29, 8 p.m. (ESPN) The Badgers are heading to Orlando for the second consecutive season, but there's certainly a different feeling within the program this time around. Wisconsin was one o...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  7. Capital One Bowl

    Adam Rittenberg

    Penn State (10-2) vs. LSU (9-3) Jan. 1, 1 p.m., (ABC) Penn State's BCS bubble burst Sunday, but the Nittany Lions still have an excellent chance to notch a signature victory on New Year's Day. Two of college football's most storied programs m...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  8. Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi

    Adam Rittenberg

    Oregon (10-2) vs. Ohio State (10-2) Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m. (ABC) Ohio State has been the team of the decade in the Big Ten, dominating the conference and experiencing both highs and lows in postseason play. But throughout Jim Tressel's incredible run,...

    Blog | December 06, 2009
  9. Insight Bowl: Minnesota (7-5) vs. Kansas (7-5)

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg The two teams couldn't have been farther apart a year ago, as Kansas was headed to the Orange Bowl while Minnesota completed arguably the worst season in team history at 1-11. Now they meet at Sun Devil Stadium wi...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  10. Outback Bowl: Iowa (8-4) vs. South Carolina (7-5)

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg Back on Oct. 4, a New Year's Day bowl appearance seemed impossible for Iowa. The Hawkeyes were 3-3, hopeless in close games and still transitioning at the quarterback position. Head coach Kirk Ferentz was on the ...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  11. Valero Alamo Bowl: Northwestern (9-3) vs. Missouri (9-4)

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg Northwestern got a raw deal or a great opportunity, depending on how you look at it. Not only were the Wildcats snubbed by the Outback Bowl, but they face a very tough matchup in Missouri, a preseason national tit...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  12. Champs Sports Bowl: Wisconsin (7-5) vs. Florida State (8-4)

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg Both of these teams will have an eye toward the future when they clash Dec. 27 at Citrus Bowl Stadium. Wisconsin's BCS bowl dreams have long since vanished, but it recovered from a miserable four-week stretch to c...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  13. Capital One Bowl: Michigan State (9-3) vs. Georgia (9-3)

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg Michigan State will play in a January bowl game for the first time in nine seasons, and the Spartans can take an important step in their evolution by knocking off preseason No. 1 Georgia. The Spartans had to be en...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  14. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State (10-2) vs. Texas (11-1)

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg After being embarrassed in the last two BCS national title games, Ohio State gets a chance to repair its national reputation against a Texas team many feel should be heading to Miami rather than the Tostitos Fiest...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  15. Rose Bowl: Penn State (11-1) vs. USC (11-1)

    Adam Rittenberg

    Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg A Penn State team that struggled to gain respect despite dominant results gets a chance to earn plenty against college football's most respected program in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi. The Nittany Lions w...

    Blog | December 07, 2008
  16. Podcast: Spring football at Michigan

    Adam Rittenberg

    Today's ESPNU College Football podcast focused on Michigan, which opened spring practice Tuesday, the first Big Ten school to take the practice field. Colleagues Ivan Maisel and Chantel Jennings and I broke down the Wolverines' changes on both sid...

    Blog | February 26, 2014