Because the destination is Florida, thousands from Michigan will flock to the Orlando area over the Christmas holiday to watch Michigan and Michigan State play in bowl games. Surprisingly, the best record of the four teams will not be for a team playing on New Year's Day. Boston College, ranked #14, is 10-3 and Florida is 9-3 playing Michigan. The Spartans' 7-5 record is the worst of the lot, but the Spartans are also a mere three point underdog.
The plan calls for the MSU team to leave on Saturday, December 22nd. The entire band will go to Orlando on Dec. 26th. It will be interesting to see how many fans attend both games from Michigan. The Spartans hope they sell their full allotment of 12,000 tickets and several thousand more. I think Michigan State will give Boston College a good push, providing the Spartans' offense is not out of synch from the lay off. The Eagles have a terrific quarterback and some physical linemen and they'll be able to match up well against the Spartans' defense.
Michigan athletic director Bill Martin is in New York Tuesday night for the college football hall of fame inductions. Whether he is doing business there trying to find a football coach for the Wolverines or not, who knows. The Tuesday rumors have Tommy Bowden staying at Clemson at $2 million per rather than go to Arkansas; Navy's Paul Johnson moving to Georgia Tech; former NFL coach Jack Pardee being courted at the University of Houston; Karl Dorrell decling to coach UCLA in its Bowl Game against BYU. Word on the street is that Steve Mariucci, Izzo's buddy, is a candidate for the UCLA job. But nothing really definitive about the Wolverines.