Northwestern is right back into the thick of things as far as the bowl picture is concerned. After two big conference road wins, the Wildcats sit at 3-3 halfway through their season and have a bevy of winnable games down the stretch run.
A record of 6-6 would certainly put the Wildcats into postseason play, and 5-7 might also do the trick depending on if there aren’t enough 6-6 teams to go. The bowl selection committee then turns to APR score. APR stands for Academic Progress Rate, and it’s not as if there are a lot of teams that are going to place higher than Northwestern.
Here’s where the experts place Northwestern’s bowl destinations halfway through the year:
Jason Kirk: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Central Florida on Dec. 26 in Detroit, MI
Brian Bennett: New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28 in New York, NY
Mark Schlabach: New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Virginia Tech on Dec. 28 in New York, NY
Brett McMurphy: New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. NC State on Dec. 28 in New York, NY
Jerry Palm: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Boston College in Detroit, MI on Dec. 26
Colin Becht: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Miami in Detroit, MI on Dec. 26
Dave Miller: Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona State in San Diego, CA on Dec. 27