It’s not looking good for Michigan State.
With Saturday’s loss to Northwestern, the Spartans dropped to 2-4 with games against Ohio State and Michigan still ahead. What does that mean for the bowl situation? Well, ESPN’s Brian Bennett thinks Michigan State won’t be playing in one — one season after making the College Football Playoff.
Up near the top, Ohio State is Bennett’s pick to represent the league in the CFP. He also has “only” two Big Ten teams in a New Year’s Six game, picking Michigan to play in the Rose Bowl. A year ago, the Big Ten had three teams in a Near Year’s Six game (Michigan State, Ohio State and Iowa).
If Wisconsin stays strong, the Badgers could still be a popular pick for a major bowl. And then there’s Nebraska, still undefeated and ranked in the Top 10.
Here’s Bennett’s complete Big Ten list, with 10 league teams predicted to play in a bowl game:
Ohio State: College Football Playoff
Michigan: Rose Bowl
Nebraska: Capital One Bowl
Wisconsin: Outback Bowl
Iowa: Holiday Bowl
Penn State: Music City Bowl
Northwestern: Pinstripe Bowl
Minnesota: Foster Farms Bowl
Indiana: Quick Lane Bowl
Maryland: Heart of Dallas Bowl