2011 Bowl Predictions
December 4, 2011 by staff
Unfortunately for the Spartans, Wisconsin was the victorious team on Saturday night in Indianapolis. The Badgers edged MSU by a score of 42-39 in an absolutely thrilling game. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Spartans not only because they came up short of a Big Ten title, but also because their hopes of ending their Rose Bowl drought came crashing down.
In the new BCS standings, Michigan State is projected to fall out of the top 14 and in turn not be eligible for an at-large BCS bid. Even if MSU manages to stay in the top 14 a BCS bid is unlikely. In fact, it looks as though the Spartans are headed to Tampa for the Outback Bowl. If that isn’t their destination, MSU could actually be off to Arizona for the Insight Bowl depending on how things shake out. Here are the two main scenarios that exist for MSU:
As much as it would probably pain MSU fans, the Spartans will be helped out quite a bit in terms of their bowl destination if Michigan makes the BCS. With Wisconsin already locked in to the Rose Bowl, Michigan ending up in a BCS game would clear some space in the slew of New Year’s bowl games in Florida. The Capital One Bowl would likely choose Nebraska since Michigan State has been to Orlando three out of the past four seasons, and this would allow the Outback Bowl to select the Spartans. No other Big Ten teams would be a threat to push MSU past the Outback Bowl in the lineup, so Spartan fans should expect a matchup with Georgia (and a rematch of the 2009 Capital One Bowl) if this scenario plays out.
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