Bowl projections 2012: Michigan to Capital One Bowl, Spartans to face Texas Tech

Chris Graythen

The Wolverines have already secured a bowl berth, and the latest SB Nation projections also have the Spartans landing in the 2012-13 postseason.

With only two games remaining on the Big Ten schedule, the bowl picture is becoming more clear as each week passes. At 7-3, Michigan has already secured a bowl berth. Michigan State, on the other hand, will have to win one of their two remaining games to become bowl-eligible. There's still plenty in flux over the final three weeks of the season, but Jason Kirk of SB Nation provides a snapshot of where the Wolverines and Spartans could likely land in the 2012-13 postseason.

The Wolverines are currently projected to go to the Capital One Bowl, a New Year's Day game in Orlando against an SEC opponent. Michigan has played in this bowl four times since 1999, their most recent appearance coming against Florida in 2008. And Kirk projects another matchup with the Gators, in what would certainly be a marquee game between two of college football's most successful programs.

Michigan State is still searching for its sixth win of the season, and they'll have to knock off either Northwestern or Minnesota to earn a postseason berth. Kirk expects Mark Dantonio's team to come through, and projects MSU for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (née Insight Bowl). He has the Spartans meeting the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Dec. 29 game in Tempe.

As for the Big Ten's BCS representative, Kirk is sending Nebraska out to Pasadena for a Rose Bowl game against Notre Dame.

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