A year ago today a berth in any bowl this season seemed like a lot to ask. But the Michigan State Spartans not only earned a bowl berth, they had expectations of playing on New Years Day.
Unfortunately, that hope didn’t come to fruition. While MSU is playing in a bowl game, it won’t be on New Years Day. Instead, they are heading to San Diego to play Washington State in the Holiday Bowl on December 28.
There are a number of reasons why Michigan State missed out on bowls like the Citrus or Outback, random bowl agreements and the Big Ten getting held out of the playoffs tops among them. But the one that burns the most is the Outback Bowl choosing Michigan over MSU despite the Spartans finishing with a better record and a head-to-head win.
This selection, likely explained by those making the decision believing that Michigan is a bigger draw and will bring in more money, has left a number of MSU players unsure of how to feel. Some are excited just to return to bowl season, while others feel a little jilted.
Cali bound...#10-3— Kevin Jarvis (@Kevin_Jarvis) December 4, 2017
— Tyler Higby7⃣0⃣ (@tylerhigby77) December 3, 2017
Cali here we come !— Justin Layne ™ (@_jlayne) December 3, 2017
Woooooooooooow— Tyson Smith (@_Giovanni15) December 3, 2017
Better than no game, like last...— Tyson Smith (@_Giovanni15) December 3, 2017
♂️— Josiah Scott (@JosiahScott7) December 3, 2017
ha wow— Joe Bachie (@JoeBach35) December 3, 2017
Doesn’t make sense ♂️ https://t.co/hilFer9zqm— Naquan Jones 9️⃣3️⃣ (@thealmightynay) December 3, 2017
Anyways...Spartan Nation lets go turn up Cali #BeatWSU— Naquan Jones 9️⃣3️⃣ (@thealmightynay) December 3, 2017
Let’s go get this W! Cali here we come ☀️ #GoGreen 14-10— Jacub Panasiuk (@JacubPanasiuk) December 3, 2017
What’s the point of playing a regular season if bowl decisions and made regardless of record?— Chris Frey Jr (@Cfrey_23) December 3, 2017
Name a team they have beaten with a winning record this year? .... Don’t worry I’ll wait.— Dee.Stew (@deej8y7) December 3, 2017
First time going to Cali.— Dee.Stew (@deej8y7) December 3, 2017
used to think postseason awards& bowls were chosen based on what you do on the field but I now know it's a popularity contest. Interesting— Live Five (@kennyw97) December 3, 2017
Lol— Brian Lewerke (@brianlewerke14) December 3, 2017
Cali On my way! Blessed to be back .— Felton Davis III (@TheFreak84_) December 3, 2017