UM, MSU bowls among the least appealing, writer says

The Detroit News

Tom Fornelli of CBSSports.com put a different wrinkle on ranking this season’s bowl games. He did it after they were played.

By that standard, Michigan State’s 38-0 Cotton Bowl loss to Alabama was No. 32 out of the 40 bowls. Its pre-bowl rank was No. 2.

“If there was anybody happy to have the semifinals on New Year’s Eve, it was Michigan State,” Fornelli wrote, “because not as many people saw it get absolutely destroyed by Alabama.”

Michigan’s 41-7 thumping of Florida in the Citrus Bowl checked in at No. 35, after a pre-bowl rank of No. 9.

“One of these teams won 10 games this year (before the bowl),” Fornelli wrote. “The other won this game by 34 points. The point is that 10 wins just isn’t what it used to be, apparently.

The state’s other two teams played in much more entertaining bowl games, according to Fornelli. Central Michigan’s 21-14 loss to Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit is No. 24 (pre-bowl rank of No. 33), while Western Michigan’s 45-31 victory over Middle Tennessee in the Bahamas Bowl zoomed up to No. 12, after a pre-bowl ranking of No. 26.

By his reckoning, the best was the Alamo Bowl, where TCU rallied from a 31-0 halftime deficit to defeat Oregon in three overtimes. Its pregame rank was No. 8.