The Big Ten, like college football at large, is a world of haves and have-nots. Distinct tiers exist within the conference, and the bowl system complements this stratification.
Some might call that system overgrown. Regardless, it's the only one that exists right now, and teams often measure success by how many late December/early January appearances they earn. Ten Big Ten teams accepted bowl bids in 2015, and that contingent could be repeated this season.
With that, RedEye predicts the conference standings and rates every team's postseason potential. We used this scale:
5= Playoff potential
4= In mix for New Year’s Six