C’mon, Michigan State, hold up your end of the Wolverine State’s bargain — unlike last time this kind of history was possible.
With a win over Northern Illinois this past Tuesday night, Eastern Michigan moved to 6-5 and became bowl-eligible for in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the football program’s history. Central Michigan (7-2), Michigan (8-2) and Western Michigan (7-4) had already reached the requisite six wins for bowl eligibility earlier this season.
At 4-6 and losers of five straight, Michigan State needs to win its last two games (at 2-8 Rutgers, vs. 3-7 Maryland) to become bowl-eligible. If they hit six wins — and if they don’t, it might be time to call it a day on the Mark Dantonio era in East Lansing — it would mark the first time ever that all five FBS schools from the state of Michigan are bowl-eligible in the same season.
Already, it’s just the second time that the three directional MAC schools are bowl-eligible in the same season, with the first coming in 2016.
As Michigan played in a bowl game that year, all five Michigan schools would’ve been in the postseason were it not for MSU’s 3-9 implosion that season.