Experts see MSU-Alabama matchup in semifinal

The Detroit News
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The consensus from bowl predictions is Michigan State will face former coach Nick Saban and Alabama in a national semifinal at the the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

That’s what Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy of ESPN say. So do Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated, Bill Bender of the Sporting News and Pat Forde of Yahoo. Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports project a Michigan State-Clemson matchup in the Orange Bowl.

Schlabach and McMurphy predict a Michigan-Florida matchup in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day while Palm has Michigan facing Mississippi and Bender picks Michigan vs. LSU.

Schlabach says Central Michigan will meet Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Dec. 28 while McMurphy has a Minnesota-California matchup. Palm picks Central to face Nevada and Bender has Ohio facing Nevada.