SB Nation college football expert Bill Connelly has published his look at all 35 college bowl games and he is not high on either Michigan State Spartans in the Outback bowl or the Michigan Wolverines in the Sugar Bowl. Connelly expects both teams to lose their bowls by at least six points despite each team being named as an early favorite by the oddsmakers:
Date Bowl Time TV Team Team My Pick F/+ Pick
2-Jan Outback 1:00 PM ABC Michigan State Georgia UGa by 6 State by 2.8
3-Jan Sugar 8:30 PM ESPN Michigan Virginia Tech Va. Tech by 7 Michigan by 3.6
Connelly also goes against the grain on Western Michigan, who is an early favorite in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl over Purdue. Connelly still picks the Boilermakers by a point, but SB Nation's Spencer Hall see this as one of the worst bowl games of this season:
33. Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Purdue. They might show the RoboCop statue, and Western Michigan might bring this year's infection MAC chaos to the former Motor City Bowl. But let's not sell short the bowl experience. You can buy ten acres of urban farmland while attending the bowl for like seventy bucks, and that's why Detroit is the Hipster Paris of tomorrow.
Hall does think that the Michigan-Virginia Tech Sugar bowl is one of the ten best bowl games of the year.