Posted by: marcmwm | November 24, 2008

The Michigan State view . . .

Good take on the Spartans’ bowl possibilities from the Lansing State Journal’s Joe Rexrode:

Florida isn’t a slam dunk for the Hawkeyes. Joe makes a great point about Big Ten commish Jim Delany. He has a considerable hand in this. I believe he likes the conference to adhere to standings and head-to-head matchups, not the “momentum” that Iowa clearly carries over MSU after week 12 results.

The Outback Bowl followed the Hawkeyes the last four weeks of the season.

Joe also makes a great point about the economy and the lag between the Big Ten’s final weekend and when a bowl bid could possibly come down, Dec. 7 after the conference championship games. You want to make it as easy for fans as possible. You don’t want to get in the way of commerce.



  1. Marc-
    How do you see the bowl picture playing out?

  2. So many factors, TC, it’s really hard to guess right now.

    Iowa needs two Big Ten teams in the BCS to climb the ladder. Does the Big Ten weigh in?

    Right now, I’d guess Outback.

    There is a strong movement to get the deals done soon, so fans, in this economy, can have plenty of time to shop for trips and make plans.

    Unfortunately, that still might not be enough to speed things to a decision before Dec. 7.

  3. I’d like to see Iowa in the bowl that gets the most pairs of eyes, and an opponent that we could have a good showing against, to help with recruiting. I favor the Outback, because of the morning kick-off. I understand Outback is more of a Maverick, who claim they look at which team is going the right direction at the end, team story, attendance, etc. Delany needs to butt-out, and realize the Big 10 needs wins vs. the SEC/Big 12 more than a pecking order, and neither MSU or NWSTN are going to impress many people vs these opponents.

  4. That’s a great point, Pete, especially considering Delany’s rants against the SEC the past couple of seasons.

    Out of the Iowa-MSU-NU pool, the Big Ten’s best foot forward would be Iowa and MSU.

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