College Football Bowl Projection: Potential Matchups for Michigan Teams

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Projecting where Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, and Central Michigan might land for their college football bowl games.

Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) holds up the Cotton Bowl trophy after the game against the Michigan State Spartans in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. Michigan State beat Baylor 42-41. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The state of Michigan will play a role in as many as five college football bowl games this season. Four of the five Division I teams in the state have qualified to participate in a bowl game (sorry, Eastern Michigan), plus the city of Detroit will host the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field.

Each team has something to celebrate this season. Central Michigan and Western Michigan are both making bowl game appearances for consecutive seasons. Michigan eyes a return to a (relatively) prominent New Year’s Day bowl game. Michigan State hopes to be afforded the opportunity to play for a national title.

There will still be some shuffling in the final standings as conferences will play their championship games this upcoming weekend, but the bowl game picture is rounding into shape with the regular season having concluded for most teams.

What follows is a look at each of the four bowl-eligible teams from the state of Michigan (plus the Quick Lane Bowl itself) with an eye toward where they might play and who their opponents might be.

Next: Central Michigan