Bob Wojnowski, John Niyo and Matt Charboneau preview the opening games of the college football season: Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee and Michigan State vs. Tulsa. The Detroit News
Neither Michigan nor Michigan State will make the College Football Playoff this season, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach, who published their bowl projections on Wednesday.
Bonagura projects Michigan to the Rose Bowl, facing Utah, while Schlabach sees the Wolverines playing Texas A&M in the Outback Bowl.
Bonagura has Michigan State in the Outback Bowl against Mississippi State and Schlabach picks the Spartans for the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, facing North Carolina State.
Bonagura’s CFP teams are Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson and Ohio State, with the Crimson Tide facing the Tigers in the national championship game.
Schlabach’s final four are Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson and Georgia, with the Bulldogs and Tigers meeting for the title.
Michigan State opens the season against Tulsa on Friday at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.
UM’s opener is Saturday vs. Middle Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.