After Ole Miss defeated Auburn this weekend, the Rebels are the media’s new favorite make it to Orlando from the SEC, with four other SEC teams also making the list this week. On the Big Ten Side, the projections also feature five different teams, with Michigan once again being the most popular name.
Here are the latest projections for the 70th annual Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.
Jerry Palm (CBSSports.com): Michigan vs. Florida
Jason Kirk (SBNation): Michigan vs. Ole Miss
Brian Bennett (ESPN Big Ten Blog): Michigan
David Ching (ESPN SEC Blog): Ole Miss
Mark Schlabach (ESPN): Michigan vs. Ole Miss
Brett McMurphy (ESPN): Iowa vs. Ole Miss
Bill Bender (Sporting News): Iowa vs. Ole Miss
College Sports Madness: Minnesota vs. Mississippi State
Bryan Fischer (Bleacher Report): Michigan State vs. Texas A&M
Pete Fiutak (Campus Insiders): Wisconsin vs. LSU
For the second week in a row, Ole Miss is the media favorite to appear in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl for the first time in team history. The Rebels are coming off a bye week and are sitting in the top-20 in both polls. The media have Ole Miss facing two different teams. The first, Michigan, was the same projection Mark Schlabach had last week. The Wolverines would be making their fifth Citrus Bowl appearance and first since 2008. The second, Iowa, would be returning to Orlando for its second overall appearance.
Jerry Palm of CBS Sports kept his pick the same after Michigan and Florida both won this weekend.
Three new teams enter the projections. Minnesota, who played in the 2015 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, would be making its second appearance. Michigan State, who has three previous appearances, is paired up with Texas A&M, the second of three projected SEC West teams who have not previously gone bowling in Orlando.
For the fifth week in a row, College Sports Madness has Mississippi State making its Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl debut.