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Bowl Projections: Where Michigan Schools Might End Up Playing

Where will UM, MSU, WMU and EMU play their bowl games?

December 02, 2018 - 12:01 am
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(97.1 The Ticket) -- Championship Saturday wrapped up without any major upsets.

The College Football Playoff field will be revealed around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and the rest of the 39 total bowl games will be revealed later in the day.

While no Michigan-based schools were involved in conference championships, four in-state schools are bowl eligible, having won at least six games.

Michigan finished the season 10-2 and could be making a trip to a New Year's Six Bowl. Michigan State went 7-5 to qualify for a bowl for the 10th time in 11 years.

Two of the state's three MAC schools are bowl-eligible, with Easterm Michigan and Western Michigan both finishing the season 7-5. But with 82 teams eligible for 78 bowl slots, will either team be left out?

Here is a look at where various media outlets were projecting the local schools to go bowling as of late Saturday night:

Michigan Wolverines (10-2)

CBS Sports: Peach Bowl (Dec. 29, Atlanta, GA) vs. Florida

Yahoo Sports: Peach Bowl (Dec. 29, Atlanta, GA) vs. Florida

SB Nation: Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1, Glendale, AZ): vs. LSU

Sports Illustrated: Peach Bowl (Dec. 29, Atlanta, GA) vs. Florida

It looks to be pretty certain the Wolverines will be heading to a New Year's Six bowl, thanks to Ohio State taking care of Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. Whether the Wolverines head to Atlanta or Glendale is up in the air.

There is still an outside chance Michigan could head to the Rose Bowl, should the College Football Playoff Committee decide to take Ohio State over Oklahoma for its fourth and final spot in the playoff.

Michigan State Spartans (7-5)

CBS Sports: Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, Tampa, FL) vs. Mississippi State

Yahoo Sports: Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, Tampa, FL) vs. Mississippi State

SB Nation: Music City Bowl (Dec. 28, Nashville, TN) vs. Missouri

Sports Illustrated: Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, Tampa, FL) vs. Mississippi State

From the looks of things, the Spartans have a decent chance of playing in a New Year's Day bowl. There are five bowls on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day that have Big Ten tie-ins, so the Spartans have a pretty good shot at landing one of them, as they finished with the fifth-best record in the conference.

Western Michigan Broncos (7-5)

CBS Sports: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 22, Fort Worth, TX) vs. Army

Yahoo Sports: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 21, Boise, ID) vs. Nevada

SB Nation: Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, (Dec. 15, Montgomery, AL) vs. Georgia Southern 

Sports Illustrated: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 21, Boise, ID) vs. Nevada

Most of the media feels the Broncos won't be left out of a bowl game. WMU was able to snap a three-game losing streak in its final game of the season by beating Northern Illinois, who won the MAC Championship Game Friday night at Ford Field.

Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-5)

CBS Sports: No bowl

Yahoo Sports: AutoNation Cure Bowl, (Dec. 15, Orlando, FL) vs. Louisiana

SB Nation: No bowl

Sports Illustrated: AutoNation Cure Bowl, (Dec. 15, Orlando, FL) vs. Louisiana

The Eagles aren't getting as much love as the Broncos, as two outlets left them out of the bowl field. SB Nation's Jason Kirk says he "couldn't find a spot" for EMU, thanks to Virginia Tech getting its sixth win over Marshall in a game that was scheduled late in an attempt to become bowl eligible, after an early-season game with ECU was cancelled.

ESPN Projections:

ESPN did not provide updated bowl projections as conference championships came to a close Saturday night, but last Sunday a pair of writers for the site offered the following projections for the local teams:

Michigan: Both writers projected U of M to head to the Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 1, Glendale AZ). One says they'll play LSU, the other says Washington State.

Michigan State: One writer projects the Spartans to play in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (Dec. 31, Jacksonville, FL) against Missouri. The other says they'll stay close to home in the Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26) at Ford Field to face Boston College.

Western Michigan: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 21, Boise, ID) vs. San Diego State; one writer left the Broncos out of a bowl

Eastern Michigan: Both writers projected the Eagles to the DXL Frisco Bowl (Dec. 19, Frisco, TX) vs. Tulane

Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26 @ Ford Field)

While ESPN projected last week the Spartans would come to Detroit, here's a look at the other outlets' thoughts on who will come to the Motor City for the bowl that has tie-ins with the ACC and Big Ten, and if neither conference has a team available, the MAC:

CBS: Virginia Tech vs. Minnesota

Yahoo: Minnesota vs. Virginia

SB Nation: Georgia Tech vs. Wisconsin

Sports Illustrated: Minnesota vs. Virginia