Wolverines tackle Mississippi State

The Michigan Wolverines return from their two-year bowl drought to face a good team in the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Mississippi State’s best win, against the Florida Gators, does not look as it did in the middle of the season. But they were 3 points away from beating No. 1 Auburn and they also took BCS bowl bound Arkansas into overtime before losing.

Much of the news surrounding Michigan has been off the field.   Athletic director David Brandon has not said if coach Rich Rodriguez will return next season and it has frustrated most of the fan base.

One of the only positive stories coming out of Michigan is Denard Robinson winning Big Ten offensive player of the year.

Many Michigan players are happy with the bowl destination since Florida is a recruiting pipeline for the Wolverines.

Some Michigan players from Florida include Denard Robinson, Vincent Smith and Jeremy Gallon.

The Gator Bowl has a lot of interesting match ups, including two coaches who both like to run the spread offense.

It will also be interesting to see how Michigan’s offense plays against the Bulldogs defense, which allowed 17 points against a Cam Newton-led offense.

This will be the first time Michigan and Mississippi State have ever faced off.    

Rich Rodriguez was 2-0 against Mississippi State, when he coached at West Virginia.

Rodriguez told the media he might bring cowbells to practice like he did at West Virginia to simulate the Bulldog fans, who use them when the opposing offense is on the field.

This game will center on one of the hottest coaches in the country in Bulldog Head Coach Dan Mullen and Rich Rodriguez, who is on the hot seat at Michigan.