According to Tom Dienhart of BTN.com, Michigan State’s chances to make a bowl game are sketchy at best and will come down to the final two games of the year against Northwestern and Minnesota.
Here is an excerpt from Dienhart’s weekly mailbag column where he answers a reader’s question about the Spartans bowl eligibility (please excuse the sloppy grammar errors from reader Nick):
How confident do you fell about Michigan State being bowl eligible this season? At this point, I feel like the season hangs on the Northwestern game. If we lose that game, we have absolutely no shot at going bowling since I can’t see us beating Wisconsin or Nebraska. What’s your take? – Nick
I think there is reason for concern for the Spartans to reach six victories. They play at Wisconsin this Saturday, play host to Nebraska and Northwestern before finishing at Minnesota. Michigan State needs to win two of those four games. Beating the Badgers and Cornhuskers may be tough. That means the Spartans’ bowl dreams could come down to winning those final two games of the season. I can’t believe I just typed that.
I agree with Tom. I don’t think Michigan State football has a chance against Wisconsin or Nebraska. If the Northwestern game were to be played on the road, I don’t think I’d like the Spartans chances at Ryan Field either. Northwestern has a fun offense to watch and running back Venric Mark is something spectacular. He can burn defenses on the ground and kill opposing teams as a return specialist. Michigan State lucked out by getting him at home. Depending on whom plays quarterback for the Golden Gophers will determine if the Spartans can get by Minnesota. Head coach Jerry Kill has not figured out what he is doing at that position, but he could have it figured out heading into the final week of the season.