Michigan State Football: A Case of the Bye-Week Blues

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent INovember 14, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans directs play against the Georgia Bulldogs at the 2009 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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I was contemplating about writing this article prior to Saturday's games.

And although it turned out better to be patient (for the sake of the article itself), Michigan State on the other hand, may be in dire straits. 

If you happened to look at the BCS rankings after Saturday's games, you would have seen that EVERY team ranked ahead of the Spartans was victorious.

In addition, Alabama who was one spot behind, defeated a ranked Mississippi State team. So Bama' could jump Sparty.

Therefore, with all this being said, the Spartans are currently tied for the Big 10 lead at 9-1 (5-1 in conference) with Wisconsin and Ohio State. In doing so, the Spartans now need some assistance from their in-state rival. 

I know, I know, Spartan fans would probably rather gouge out their eye-balls with an ice-cream scooper (best-case scenario for that situation, just sayin') than root for the Wolverines. Nonetheless, if Sparty wants a definitive shot at the Big 10 Championship, Michigan winning at least one more game would be ideal. 

But, in addition to Michigan, Spartan fans do have two other options:

1. Iowa upsetting Ohio State next week, or

2. Northwestern upsetting Wisconsin in the final week. 

Now the final two games for Michigan are home against Wisconsin, and then in the Horseshoe versus Ohio State.

Both the Badgers and Buckeyes are ranked in front of Michigan State; And in order for Sparty to solidify a BCS Bowl game, one more loss for either of those schools would leave no doubt.

However, if all three finish 11-1, Michigan State may be the odd one out in the eyes of the BCS Selection Committee, due to being ranked behind both Wisconsin and Ohio State.

The late season bye-week backfired for the Spartans, and although they got a week to rest up, it may have cost them. 

Now all this is obviously speculation because of the multiple scenarios that have a possibility of playing out. And that's just in the Big 10 alone.

Then if you add in the other BCS conferences, plus TCU and Boise State, nothing may not be definitive for any team hoping to be selected into the BCS.

-At least until after the conference championship games-

As for what Michigan State has remaining (Purdue and Penn State). The only piece of advice I can give to Spartan fans is this:

Try not to worry about the "what if's", and just hope your Spartans finish the regular season 11-1.

Because after a 6-7 campaign in 2009, you certainly should not be disappointed about 2010.