The Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans will be down a starting linebacker for their Rose Bowl matchup with Pac-12 champion Stanford on New Year’s Day after suspending Max Bullough for what was called a “violation of team rules.”
Bullough was one of the leaders of the Spartans’ defense, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation. He had 76 tackles, 9.5 for losses, plus 1.5 sacks, 10 passes defensed and one forced fumble.
“Max Bullough has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said in a press release. (h/t CBSSports.com) “It is extremely disappointing for all parties involved. We will stay focused and close ranks as we prepare for Stanford on Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl. Max will forever remain a Spartan and valued member in this team’s achievements. We will have no further comment on this issue.”
Bullough is a senior, so it also spells the end of his collegiate career.
Despite trailing Michigan State in the Bowl Championship Series standings, the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today coaches poll, Stanford is currently a six-point favorite in the Rose Bowl, according to the sports gambling website bovada.lv.
Michigan State is ranked fourth in all three of those rankings. Stanford is fifth in the BCS and AP rankings and seventh in the coaches poll.