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Steele's B1G Bowl Projections Too Optimistic

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Not a traditional powerhouse, Northwestern has a legitimate chance to compete for a spot in the Big Ten title game and a New Year's Day bowl. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.
Not a traditional powerhouse, Northwestern has a legitimate chance to compete for a spot in the Big Ten title game and a New Year's Day bowl. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images.

Coming off a 10-win campaign and returning plenty of talent, Northwestern should be looked at as a contender for the Big Ten title game. Steele looks like he has them behind Michigan and Michigan State in the Legends Division. 

I don't think so. 

I think they beat both Michigan and Michigan State at home, while winning four nonconference games and others against Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. That's nine wins and a possible trip to the Big Ten title game. But it would need help from Nebraska. 

I see entry into the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.