Michigan State better beat Wisconsin in next week’s Big Ten title game or the Spartans (10-2) will watch Big Brother go to a BCS game while it settles for the Capital One Bowl. Not only will the Spartans be in a lesser bowl but they are likely to face a tougher team.
The word is Michigan (10-2) is headed for the Sugar Bowl to play Houston, which is a paper unbeaten team. And that game is going to get all kinds of publicity. Michigan will be back as a national power and the media will be all over the Houston team. Here is my prediction. Illinois fires coach Ron Zook and Houston coach Kevin Sumlin becomes a hot candidate to replace him.
So you combine the Sugar Bowl and Michigan and hot coaching candidate for a juicy must watch national game. Nobody wants to watch Houston play a no name team. But many folks want to see Michigan return to BCS status.
Meanwhile, the Spartans will be in the shadows while playing a team like Arkansas. Few people will notice.
Michigan is like the pretty prom queen. Even though she has a tattered dress she still gets all of the attention. Michigan State wins all the awards at the beauty pageant but the Wolverines are still the darling of every body’s eye. It is unfair but that is the reality of things.
And Denard Robinson and coach Brady Hoke make Michigan more of an appeal. Robinson is dynamic and mistake prone. Hoke is hokey. Michigan State counters with Mark Dantonio and quarterback Kirk Cousins. They are both great guys but they do not carry the same appeal.
It is always about Michigan and Michigan State in this state and the Spartans could be dealt a bigger blow. Remember it was Michigan that went to the Orange Bowl in 1999 even though the Spartans beat the Wolverines in head to head competition and had the same record.
There is an ugly train headed to East Lansing with Brady Hoke as the conductor. The only way for the Spartans to head it off is to beat Wisconsin and go to the Rose Bowl.