MSU Could Face Oklahoma In Bowl Game

In this week's bowl projections, managing editor Mike Fowler outlines a scenario that could see Michigan State in the Valero Alamo Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners, led by quarterback Landry Jones. Get INside to see where the conference teams appear headed at this point and how Michigan could turn all the projections upside down.

EAST LANSING - "Be careful what you wish for!" That age-old adage could apply to the Michigan State Spartans football team after becoming bowl eligible with a 40-37 win over the Purdue Boilermakers.

The win, coupled with one next week, could send the Spartans (6-5) to a January 2nd date in the Valero Alamo Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners (6-4) who wracked up 640 yards of offense behind quarterback Landry Jones in a 65-10 rout of Texas A&M to also become bowl eligible.

MSU would likely be the choice of the bowl if they defeat Penn State in the annual Land Grant Trophy game against Penn State. If the Spartans fall to the Nittany Lions next week to finish 6-6, they might be headed to the Insight Bowl to face a Big 12 team, likely Missouri.

The Big Ten bowl picture became clearer when Ohio State knocked off Iowa in overtime to claim the conference's BCS automatic bid which puts them into the Rose Bowl against either Oregon or Stanford.

Iowa could nab an at-large BCS bid if it beats Minnesota next week. Minnesota could head to the Champs Sports Bowl or the Little Caesars bowl but not the Insight bowl because of their appearance in last year's game.

Penn State (9-2) and Wisconsin (8-2) will grab berths in the Capital One bowl and the Outback bowl depending on their finishes.

Northwestern (7-4) would claim the Alamo bowl berth if MSU loses to Penn State. That, most likely would drop MSU into the Insight bowl in Arizona on January 2nd probably to face Missouri.

Here's our conference bowl projections at this point:

Rose: Ohio State v. Oregon
Fiesta: Iowa v TCU
Capital One: Wisconsin v LSU
Outback : Penn State v Tennessee
Alamo: Northwestern v. Oklahoma
Champs: Minnesota v Virginia Tech
Insight: Michigan State v Oklahoma State Little Caesars: Central Michigan v At Large

The wildcard that could upset the apple cart would be an unlikely upset of conference champion Ohio State by Michigan (5-6).

A Michigan win would vault them into the Champs Sports Bowl and knock Minnesota into the Little Caesars bowl.

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