The road ahead for Michigan State is not a smooth one.
It’s already been a miserable season in East Lansing this year as the Spartans (4-4, 1-3) have failed miserably at their Big Ten expectations and making it to the Rose Bowl. Now, the next four weeks of the season may provide MSU will more trouble and could ultimately cause them from reaching bowl eligibility.
It starts with Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1) on Saturday. Then MSU gets Nebraska and Northwestern at home, two teams who will play the Spartans tough and have the ability to score in bunches. They finish the season at Minnesota, who will be fighting for bowl eligibility themselves, so you know the Gophers will be a tough opponent.
MSU hasn’t been getting blown out this season. They’ve played stellar defense, minus a few games, and have lost its Big Ten games by a total of six points. Mark Dantonio‘s squad just isn’t finishing games and first year starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell has struggled throwing the ball.
Players and coaches have to feel a little bit of a sense of urgency during the final weeks of the season. For a squad that was picked to reach the Rose Bowl and is now sitting at .500, not making it to a bowl game would be heart-breaking, especially for the seniors.
If MSU ends up at 6-6, their likely bowl games would be the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field or the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston. Each bowls are far from beautiful Pasadena–which would be yet another disappointment from Sparty.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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