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Northwestern bowl projection roundup, Week 13: Wildcats on the rise

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After a big win Saturday at Camp Randall, the Wildcats moved up in many writers' projections—with the Outback bowl dominating

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After notching its first win in Madison in 15 years, Northwestern is continuing its upward trend in the bowl projections. With Michigan State upsetting Ohio State, a New Year's Six Bowl appearance is essentially out of the question. But a berth in the Outback Bowl—against an SEC opponent—is becoming more and more likely, as reflected by the near-unanimity below.

Barring a loss to Illinois, you can reasonably expect to see Northwestern playing on January 1st in Tampa—a game that would deliver a solid boost to recruiting by increasing the program's upward-trending national exposure.

SB Nation

Jason Kirk: Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee, Jan. 1

ESPN

Mark Schlabach: Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee, Jan. 1

Brett McMurphy: Outback Bowl vs. Arkansas, Jan. 1

CBS Sports

Jerry Palm: Outback Bowl vs. LSU, Jan. 1

FOX Sports

Stewart Mandel: Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee, Jan. 1

Sports Illustrated

Zac Ellis: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. LSU, Jan. 2