Last weekend held major implications for Northwestern, as they paid a visit to Minneapolis. As Zach Pereles wrote last week, “Northwestern can surpass Minnesota in the Big Ten and the Big Ten West and gain a game on them in the overall season record mark while also holding head-to-head tiebreakers over both the Gophers and the Hawkeyes.”
Instead, Northwestern fell to the Golden Gophers 29-12, and now need a win over in-state rival Illinois to secure a bowl berth. However, USA Today explains that several 5-7 teams will likely be needed to fill out the bowl slots. Those candidates are selected by APR, so a loss on Saturday does not necessarily crush Northwestern’s postseason hopes.
Here’s where the experts have NU for the postseason heading into Week 13.
Jason Kirk: Heart of Dallas Bowl vs. Western Kentucky, Dec. 27 in Dallas, TX
Brian Bennett: New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 28 in New York City, NY
Mark Schlabach: New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 28 in New York City, NY
Brett McMurphy: Foster Farms Bowl vs. Stanford, Dec. 28 in Santa Clara, CA
Jerry Palm: New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 28 in New York, NY
Colin Becht: New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 28 in New York, NY
Dave Miller: Foster Farms Bowl vs. Washington State, Dec. 28 in Santa Clara, CA