Five Michigan College Teams Earn Bowl Bids
For the first time ever, all five major college football teams in the state will be going to play in a Holiday bowl game. And it looks like most of them will be huge underdogs.
All five teams became bowl eligible by the end of the regular season on November 30, but being bowl eligible doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a bowl bid. But Sunday after noon every team did land in a bowl game, even Eastern Michigan, who was on the bubble at 6-6.
Here's the schedule for all of the bowl games involving Michigan teams:
New Mexico Bowl
Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
December 21, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 p.m., ESPN
The Chippewas, the MAC runners up will be a four point underdog against the Aztecs, who finished second in the Mountain West west division at 9-3.
Quick Lane Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan
December 26, Detroit
8 p.m., ESPN
It must have been a toss up for the final MAC bowl spot between the Eastern Eagles and Toledo, who both finished 6-6. Pitt finished 7-5, and third in the ACC Coastal Division. Pitt is a 10 point favorite.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
December 27, New York
3:20 p.m., ESPN
Michigan State is a three point favorite after finishing 6-6 and 5th in the Big Ten East. Wake Forest is 8-4 and was third in the ACC Atlantic.
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
December 30, Dallas
12:30 p.m., ESPN
Western Kentucky is a two point favorite over the Broncos, who were second behind Central in the MAC West with a record of 7-5. The Hilltoppers finished 8-4 and were second in the COnference USA East.
Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Michigan vs. Alabama
January 1, Orlando, Florida
1 p.m., ABC
Alabama will be 7-point favorite, over the Wolverines, who were 9-3 and third in the Big Ten East. Alabama finished the season 10-2, second in the SEC West.