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MICHIGAN STATE'S DEFEATED OPPONENTS INCLUDE FOUR BOWL-ELIGIBLE TEAMS
Everybody is into the "guessing game" right now, trying to figure out the "odds" of Michigan State and/or Michigan beating Ohio STATE or winning the B1G Championship or advancing to the College Football Playoff or making the Rose Bowl or whatever!
But there are no actual "odds", only performance-realities that lead to game-outcomes that lead to humans voting on their favorite teams. It's not like there is a post-season tournament at the highest level of college football; that's reserved only for the lower divisions of the sport. So it should be obvious by now that the "best" team in the country may not make the Final Four, because that quartet is hand-picked by humans based on their opinions (and/or outside influences).
All that said, it's possible to have a great college football season without being in the so-called "championship game". MSU proved that clearly the past two years. And that's not to say the Spartans can't get into that little social club at the end of the season, it's just that the recipe to be chosen has not changed substantially due to losing last weekend. Michigan State will have to win its last three regular season game plus the league championship to have a shot at the top three bowl games, and that was always true.
So let's freshen-up the MSU resume' by reviewing the recent performances of the teams they have already defeated this year. The eight vanquished opponents went 4-3 last week (one team with a bye) while three became bowl-eligible. Here's a list of those teams, with their current records:
6-3 Western Michigan
6-3 Air Force
5-4 Central Michigan
39-33 combined season record
The eight teams Michigan State has beaten so far this season are generally "better than" the seven teams Michigan has defeated. The Spartans record of 8-1 is clearly better than the Wolverines record of 7-2. MSU beat UM head-to-head (on the road). Mark Dantonio has gone easy on his opponents while Jim Harbaugh has run-up-the-score in every game he didn't lose, inflating his team statistics by passing regularly and going for two-point conversions despite a three-score second-half lead.
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