It wasn’t pretty, but Northwestern’s win on Saturday over Penn State was a big boon for the Wildcats’ bowl expectations. Now, sititng at 7-2 with three very winnable games left on the schedule, Northwestern can continue to dream about a New Years’ Six bowl or, at the least, one of the better second-tier bowls.

Here’s a look at where some national college football analysts think the Wildcats are headed when their regular season ends:

ESPN

Brett McMurphy: National University Holiday Bowl vs. UCLA; Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA; Dec. 30

Mark Schlabach: New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Pittsburgh; Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY; Dec. 26

CBS Sports

Jerry Palm: Outback Bowl vs. Georgia; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL; Jan. 1

SB Nation

Jason Kirk: Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL; Jan. 1

Bleacher Report

Bryan Fischer: Outback Bowl vs. Tennessee; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL; Jan. 1

Sporting News

Bill Bender: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl vs. Texas A&M; Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN; Dec. 30

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