MSU has lived a charmed life this season. They've been outgained in five of their seven Big Ten games, yet are 6-1 in conference play. How'd they pull that off? An extremely favorable turnover ratio. That, and the fact that Ringer (who had a significant injury history prior to this season) suddenly morphed into an iron man who could carry the ball 35 times a game without injury. MSU's performance against the two Big Ten champs (PSU and OSU) tells the real story about them. I would not expect them to represent the conference well against the SEC in Orlando/Tampa, either.
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."