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Oct 27, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; A Michigan State Spartans cheerleader cheers her team as they play the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Michigan State defeated Wisconsin in overtime 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State football: Spartans to play Texas Longhorns in BWW bowl

It may not be a BCS bowl, but at least someone is projecting Michigan State football to become eligible to play in some sort of a bowl game.’s Tom Dienhart projects the Spartans to play Texas in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl hosted on Sat., Dec. 29 at 10:15 p.m. ET. This game matches the No. 4 or 5 Big Ten team against a team from the Big 12.

Dienhart is high on MSU for its win against Wisconsin on the road last Saturday, and it shows in his projection because many other writers believe the Spartans will finish nowhere near the top five of the Big Ten conference.

“The Spartans boosted their sagging bowl hopes with a fifth win of the season with that overtime triumph at Wisconsin, he wrote on Monday.

Michigan State must win one more game to become bowl eligible, which it can become if the team beats Nebraska in East Lansing this Saturday.

RELATED: Dienhart also wrote the following on Tuesday about Michigan State:

Can the Spartans keep the mojo going? It has been a strange—and often disappointing—season for Michigan State. The Spartans will carry a good vibe into a home game vs. hot Nebraska, coming off an improbable overtime win at Wisconsin. Michigan State still needs one more win to be bowl-eligible and clings to faint Legends Division title hopes. The defense continues to play very well, ranking first in the Big Ten (267.4 ypg). The offense? Not so much, though the unit delivered in crunch time in Madison, scoring the tying touchdown with 1:08 left and the winning touchdown in overtime for a 16-13 triumph.

Can the Husker defense continue to dominate? The unit has looked great the last two weeks, allowing just 301 yards to Northwestern and only 188 to Michigan. No wonder Nebraska won both games and now finds itself in control of the Legends Division. That defensive dominance could continue with a game at Michigan State vs. a Spartan offense that ranks 10th in the Big Ten (360.3 ypg).

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