28 Days Until the Big Ten

Rutgers University sits 28 days away from Big Ten membership, and ScarletReport.com is here to count down the days in style. A new conference means new postseason opportunities, and the Big Ten offers tremendous bowl tie-ins for Rutgers.

Rutgers has one of the toughest paths in the country to bowl eligibility in 2014, but will finally have a conference with the tie-ins to truly reward strong seasons. Highlighted by the creation of a college football playoff, in which the Big Ten is eligible, the new conference opens doors for the growing Scarlet Knights.

The Rose Bowl or College Football Playoff

The Big Ten champion either earns a spot in the BCS playoff, or heads to the granddaddy of them all – the Rose Bowl. There's no hoping for a favorable at-large bid as a member of the Big Ten.

AAC Tie – Fiesta, Peach, Cotton or Playoff

The Capital One Bowl

This New Year's Day bowl game pits Big Ten against SEC with South Carolina and Wisconsin clashing in 2014.

AAC Tie – BBVA Compass

The Outback Bowl

More Big Ten and SEC in the Sunshine State. An LSU victory over Iowa last season, the Outback Bowl takes place at Raymond James Stadium – the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the site of multiple Rutgers victories over South Florida.

AAC Tie – St. Petersburg

The Holiday Bowl

A winter week spent in San Diego is a welcome site for any cold-conference team, and another Pac-12 opponent presents an attractive game site.

AAC Tie – Miami Beach

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl or Music City Bowl

That's right – two more warm-weather bowl sites for the Big Ten. The Big Ten alternates with the ACC annually for the Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.) and the Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.). Both games feature SEC opponents with Nebraska beating Georgia last season in the Gator Bowl.

AAC Tie -- Military

Fight Hunger Bowl

Played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., this game became another Big Ten vs. Pac-12 opportunity in the offseason. The last time a Big Ten team played in the Fight Hunger Bowl, Illinois beat UCLA on New Year's Eve in 2011.

AAC Tie – Armed Forces

The New Era Pinstripe Bowl

This one might seem a tad familiar to Rutgers fans. The Scarlet Knights have two appearances in the first four years since the game's inception and drew well in both. Played at Yankee Stadium, Rutgers fell to 6-7 on the season last year with a loss to Notre Dame. Rutgers beat Iowa State in 2011 behind MVP Jawan Jamison.

AAC Tie – Bahamas Bowl

The New Detroit Bowl

This newly created bowl game by the Detroit Lions pits Big Ten against ACC at Ford Field. Ford Field has hosted many big-time events, including the Final Four, Super Bowl XL and WrestleMania XXIII.

Heart of Dallas Bowl or Armed Forces Bowl

If the Big Ten is able to get a ninth team bowl eligible, the Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas) and the Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas) are destinations on alternating years. Both pit Big Ten or Big 12 against Conference USA.

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