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2011 Bowl Predictions: Big Ten BCS Bowls

The Big Ten will send two representatives, Michigan and Wisconsin, to Bowl Championship Series games this season. The Badgers, winners of the inaugural Big Ten Championship game this past weekend, will face Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2 while the Wolverines will face off against Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3. He's a quick look ahead at what to expect in those games.

Rose Bowl

Wisconsin's offense has been unstoppable for much of this season and appears to especially be on a roll now after putting up 45 and 42 points against Penn State and Michigan State's solid defenses, respectively. Running back Montee Ball has eight touchdowns in his last two games while Russell Wilson tops the passing efficiency charts. Though the Ducks, led by running back LaMichael James, have a dangerous offense in their own right, they don't have a quarterback like Wilson. Expect him to be the difference in a shootout: Wisconsin 47 Oregon 38.

Sugar Bowl

The Wolverines are known for the offensive dual-threat that is quarterback Denard Robinson, but their defense is ranked No. 7 in points allowed per game nationally at 17.2. Expect it to rise to the challenge against a Hokies offense averaging a pedestrian 28.5 points per game, good for just a No. 55 ranking nationally. If Michigan can keep the offensive momentum it used to put up 45 points against Nebraska and 40 against Ohio State in its last two games, it's hard to see this being much of a match: Michigan 38 Virginia Tech 20

Stay tuned for more picks of the other Big Ten bowls later on here at SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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