Outback Bowl explains choosing Michigan over Michigan State


The Green-and-White faithfuls are in an uproar over the Outback Bowl’s decision to invite Michigan over Michigan State, despite Michigan State having a better overall record (9-3 vs. 8-4) as well as a head-to-head win (14-10 in Ann Arbor). The Detroit Free Press dropped the story this morning.

Here’s Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay:

“We’re tied in with the Big Ten and we’re tied in with the Southeastern Conference and both teams are loaded with excellent inventory. On the Big Ten side we looked at a couple of teams. The way the process with the Outback Bowl (works) is: We get our selection committee, our board. And once it’s clear who is available, we make presentations about each team and then (the board) votes. Whatever the decision is from the board and the selection committee (is) that’s who we take. We feel very fortunate to have South Carolina and coach (Will) Muschamp and the University of Michigan and Jim Harbaugh in our game. We’re excited about it.”

Essentially it came down to a vote and surprise, surprise, Michigan won over Michigan State. This obviously did not sit well with current and former Spartans.

In fact, some are so pissed, they are trying to start a movement.

But if there’s something that MSU fans should feel better about, here’s the last time Michigan faced South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.


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