Bowl projections send MSU to Florida, UM to California

The Detroit News

Michigan State and Michigan could be bowling on opposite sides of the country.

That seems to be the consensus in the latest round of bowl projections, as Michigan State appears on track to land a New Year’s Day bowl in Florida, either in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., or the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Many bowl experts, meanwhile, see Michigan heading to California for the Holiday Bowl or Foster Farms Bowl in late December, though a few still have the Wolverines to play New Year’s Day as well.

No. 21 Michigan State (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten), which closes its regular season Saturday at Rutgers (4-7, 3-5), is heading to the Outback Bowl, according to Jerry Palm of CBS Sports (playing LSU), Eric Single of Sports Illustrated (South Carolina), and Jason Kirk of SB Nation (Mississippi State).

Like Palm, Bill Bender of the Sporting News also has MSU playing LSU, but in the Citrus Bowl. ESPN’s David M. Hale and Bryan Fischer of NBC Sports also have MSU in the Citrus Bowl, squaring off against Auburn.

Hale’s counterpart at ESPN, Kyle Bonagura, has MSU taking on Washington in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 in San Diego.



The Holiday Bowl is a popular destination for unranked Michigan (8-3, 5-3), which likely can improve its standing with a victory over rival and eighth-ranked Ohio State (9-2, 7-1) on Saturday in Ann Arbor. CBS Sports and Sports Illusrated have Michigan meeting Stanford there, while SB Nation sees Michigan facing Washington State, and the Sporting News has the Wolverines playing Washington there.

Bonagura of ESPN also has Michigan playing in California, but in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 27 in Santa Clara, Calif., also against Stanford.

Michigan-Stanford makes for an attractive matchup, obviously, as the last two college head-coaching stops for Jim Harbaugh.

Hale and Fischer of NBC Sports still see a New Year’s Day bowl in Michigan’s future, placing the Wolverines in the Outback Bowl against Mississippi State.

The Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit figures to have a team representing the state Dec. 26, with Bonagura of ESPN (facing Western Kentucky), Palm of CBS Sports (Middle Tennessee State), and Fischer of NBC Sports (UNLV) sending the Broncos to the Motor City.

Single of Sports Illustrated and Kirk of SB Nation has Central Michigan playing at Ford Field, against Utah and Utah State, respectively.

The Quick Lane Bowl is slated to be a matchup between the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten, but the Big Ten might not have enough eligible teams to fill the bid, opening the door for CMU or WMU to play near home.


Kyle Bonagura, ESPN

Dollar General Bowl (Dec. 23, Mobile, Ala.): Central Michigan vs. Georgia State

Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26, Detroit): Western Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Foster Farms Bowl (Dec. 27, Santa Clara, Calif.): Michigan vs. Stanford

Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28, San Diego): Michigan State vs. Washington

David M. Hale, ESPN

Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 22): Central Michigan vs. North Texas

Quick Lane Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Utah

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, Tampa, Fla.): Michigan vs. Mississippi State

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, Orlando, Fla.): Michigan State vs. Auburn

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports

Camellia Bowl (Dec. 16, Montgomery, Ala.): Central Michigan vs. Troy

Quick Lane Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee State

Holiday Bowl: Michigan vs. Stanford

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. LSU

Eric Single, Sports Illustrated

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 22, Boise, Idaho): Western Michigan vs. Colorado State

Quick Lane Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Utah

Holiday Bowl: Michigan vs. Stanford

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. South Carolina

Jason Kirk, SB Nation

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Wyoming

Quick Lane: Central Michigan vs. Utah State

Holiday Bowl: Michigan vs. Washington State

Outback: Michigan State vs. Mississippi State

Bill Bender, Sporting News

Frisco Bowl (Dec. 20, Frisco, Texas): Central Michigan vs. Wyoming

Western Michigan vs. Wyoming: Western Michigan vs. Utah State

Citrus Bowl: Michigan State vs. LSU

Holiday Bowl: Michigan vs. Washington

Bryan Fischer, NBC Sports

Frisco Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Houston

Quick Lane Bowl: Western Michigan vs. UNLV

Citrus Bowl: Michigan State vs. Auburn

Outback Bowl: Michigan vs. Mississippi State