Dec 30, 2011; Tempe, AZ, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Micah Hyde (18) before the game against Oklahoma Sooners during the 2011 Insight Bowl at the Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State football: Iowa could hurt the Spartans' bowl chances

The Michigan State football program’s 19-16 overtime loss to Iowa may continue to damage the Spartans going forward.

Iowa is arguable the second worst team in the Big Ten conference. Almost every team projected to beat the Hawkeyes this year has prevailed in doing so, except the Spartans.

However, this is where it starts to get even uglier.

Michigan State needs to get one more win to become bowl eligible and two more wins to guarantee it will earn a bowl bid. Not all 6-6 teams earn a bowl bid and this year, more than any previous years, will be one of those instances when a .500 team is passed over for a bowl game. There are several teams undeserving of bowl bids this season and if the Spartans fail to get two more wins, bowl selection committees may decide that Michigan State is one of those teams.

Another thing hampering Michigan State’s chances of earning a bowl bid is the fact that Iowa is gunning for a bowl bid, too.

Iowa needs two more wins to become bowl eligible, and should the Hawkeyes get those wins, it could be costly to MSU.

The Hawkeyes have not missed the postseason since 2007 and senior cornerback Micah Hyde knows exactly how his team must become eligible.

“It starts with Saturday,” Hyde told “It’s not about what happens the next four games. It’s about next Saturday.”

Hyde understands the “one game at a time” approach to winning football games and his experience winning will come in handy this Saturday when the Hawkeyes travel to Memorial Stadium to take on an improved Indiana Hoosiers teams.

“We’ll keep fighting,” Hyde proclaimed.

If you are a Spartan fan, it would be in your best interest to root against the Hawkeyes this weekend, and for the rest of the season. Iowa has a chance to put together a decent resume during the next four weeks and it could jump MSU in the bowl selection process.

However, at least star running back Mark Weisman looks like a no-go for the Hawkeyes this Saturday. reported Monday that Weisman’s name was not atop the depth chart and that backup Damon Bullock is probable to be the starter vs. the Hoosiers. The problem is Bullock is no slouch either.

Indiana and Iowa will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET this Saturday.

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