Insight, Alamo Have Spartans On Short List

"It's just a waiting game right now, but here's what we would like to now, will the BCS take a second Big Ten team, then the bowls can start making their picks, because we'd like to give the fans three weeks or so to make those early travel arrangements and let them think about making the trip." -- Jack Rogers, Valero Alamo Bowl past chairman.

EAST LANSING - Sources close to Michigan State officials say that the Spartans will most likely head to either San Antonio, TX for the Valero Alamo Bowl or to Tempe, AZ for the Insight bowl.

However, officials from Florida Citrus Sports say "not so fast," they still have not crossed MSU off their list.

Dennis Donath, an official with Florida Citrus Sports says don't count out a MSU appearance in the Champs Sports bowl.

"At this point in the season, winning never hurts of course, but we don't pick first. You have to go down the line, winning is certinaly helpful, but they could be picked before we get a chance so we just have to wait and see."

They've been to both of our bowls, the Capital One and the Champs bowl the year before, the fanbase traveling very well. I can't tell you how many people have stopped me and said 'we had a great time in Orlando, we'd like to come back'. Its totally positive feedback both from their side and ours.

But sources close to MSU officials say that Champs is a longshot, mostly because MSU would have to leapfrog two 8-4 teams, Wisconsin and Northwestern something not likely to happen.

Jack Rogers, a former chairman of the Valero Alamo bowl, was happy to consider the possibility of MSU heading to San Antonio.

"It's just a waiting game right now, but here's what we would like to now, will the BCS take a second Big Ten team, then the bowls can start making their picks, because we'd like to give the fans three weeks or so to make those early travel arrangements and let them think about making the trip."

That, of course is not likely to occur until after the Big 12 championship game, set for December 5th.

If its not the Alamo bowl, who clearly seems to be enamored with MSU, then the Insight bowl, who did not have officials at the game, and who pick after both the Champs (fourth) and the Alamo bowls (fifth) would likely snap up the Spartans at number six.

The wildcard in this now that Michigan has been eliminated, whether or not Wisconsin, who has appeared in Florida bowls the past four straight seasons (Outback 2008, Capital One 2007 and 2006, Outback 2005), might elect(*) to go to San Antonio for the Alamo bowl, a move that could push the Spartans back into the mix for the Champs bowl,

Here are our projections for the Big Ten bowl lineup:

Rose Bowl: Ohio State 10-2
BCS Fiesta: Penn State 10-2
Capital One: Iowa 10-2
Outback Bowl: Northwestern 8-4
Champs: Michigan State 6-6
Alamo: Wisconsin 8-3(*)
Insight: Minnesota 6-6

That leaves the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl without a Big Ten representative, but Central Michigan, could be the next best thing, bringing a local draw to downtown Detroit and the big thinking bowl might try to coax a possible 6-6 or 7-5 Notre Dame team to accept a bid.


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