Don't fear IL, U$C will only get a 'lesser bowl' this year. They have however won the requisite six games required to be bowl eligible and they are a reasonable TV draw. Bowls are business and teams that bring in the viewers get to play.
I got my fingers crossed that my Hawkeyes are playing in the warm sun down in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl. I keep hearing a Boise State vs. Iowa matchup could be in the mix.
I'm pulling for the Hawks as well. I think they'd match up great against Boise or TCU with their good secondary and DL. If they get their RBs healthy they'll be a good representative of the Big Ten. If a second Big Ten team is going to be in a BCS game it will likely be the Hawks edging PeeSU. But both teams 'travel well.'
Rose Bowl is decided with Ohio State (GO BUCKS!!!) and Oregon.
NCG will probably be SEC champion (Bama or Florida) vs. Texas assuming the Horns take care of buisness.
Orange Bowl is likely ACC champion (Georgia Tech seems most likely) vs. Cincinnati.
Sugar Bowl is Bama/Florida loser against the best team the Fiesta didn't want.
Fiesta is about anybody's guess. The big thing for this one is Texas not getting upset in the Big 12 championship. They'll get the first pick of the at-larges, plus the first replacement pick if Texas goes to the NCG so they'll be basically free to pick their match-up. I'm liking TCU/Boise State vs. Iowa for this one or even TCU vs. Boise possible sending Iowa to the Sugar?