The Michigan State Spartan football team went into Happy Valley this weekend and won for the first time there in 45 years! They beat Penn State 28-22, to stake their claim of the Big Ten Championship since 1990. Now, it is a waiting game as to what bowl the Spartans will attend, but it is looking like they will be shut out of a BCS Bowl, even though they achieved 11 wins for the first time in the history of the program. MSU will definitely make a New Year’s Day Bowl, probably the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida, where they will have been 2 out of the last 3 years. They should play a very talented SEC team, possibly LSU, Alabama or Arkansas, which will be a real test for the Spartans, and a good measuring stick for how good this team really is. Now, on to the crappy system we call the Bowl Championship Series or BCS.
The system in place right now is absolutely terrible and needs to be changed. A one loss Michigan State team will not make a BCS bowl, but a Big East team, possibly Connecticut, which was drilled by Michigan earlier on in the season, will make it. How can the system be this flawed to allow this, considering that Michigan finished 8th in the Big Ten, and took it the Husky team that will play in a game they have no business being in. No team from the Big East Conference should ever be automatically qualified for a BCS Bowl, because it takes one spot away from a better team that is more deserving (Cough, MSU).
Not to mention, everyone is all over Wisconsin, saying they are the best team in the Big Ten, and that they belong in a BCS Bowl. The only thing wrong with this is that Michigan State beat Wisconsin convincingly (Damn right Coach Dantonio!), the only loss that the Badgers suffered all year. How can Wisconsin be thought of so highly and Michigan State not be, as the Spartans beat Wisconsin by 10 points in October. Finally, two Big Ten teams, including Wisconsin will be taken over MSU as a result of the BCS rankings, even though Michigan State had the toughest schedule of the three (Ohio State included). You can talk about Michigan State only beating one ranked team all year, but they beat the team some consider to be amongst the best in the country (ranked 4th this week), while also taking care of business in their other 10 wins against quality opponents. Michigan State’s schedule ranked 33rd in the country, while Wisconsin had the 75th hardest and Ohio State the 55th.
It is really a shame that a one loss Big Ten team as good as the Spartans will be left out of the place that the best teams are supposed to be playing in. I know that true Spartan fans will not underappreciate this season, even though MSU will not be making the trip to Pasadena. This team accomplished something very special, in which they should be commended and praised for the way they played all year. I am very proud to say that I am a Spartan, even though we got screwed and everyone knows it.
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Written by David Lesmeister