Michigan State linebacker Ed Davis (43) sacks Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner in the first half of their game last season in East Lansing. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
The college football season hasnít started yet, but itís not stopping writers and analysts from offering their take on how it could end.
Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com unveiled his bowl projections Monday, leaving No. 8 Michigan State outside the college playoff picure, as well as falling short in a bid for a selection committee bowl game.
He still has the Spartans in a New Yearís Day bowl game, taking on LSU in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Palm has Michigan playing a day later against Florida in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Spartansí last trip to the Capital One Bowl did not go well. Michigan State was drilled by Alabama, 49-7, in 2011. Michigan State also went in 2009, falling to Georgia, 24-12.
Michigan last played in the TaxSlayer Bowl in 2011, losing to Mississippi State, 52-14, when it was the Gator Bowl.
Ohio State is Palmís pick to represent the Big Ten in the national semifinals, taking on defending champion Florida State in the Rose Bowl. He has Alabama and Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. He did not pick the championship matchup.
Palm projects N.C. State and Troy in the Detroit Bowl on Dec. 30 at Ford Field.
For the rest of Palmís bowl projections, click here.