A season that began with lofty expectations and the hopes of reaching the Rose Bowl has now come down to a one-game playoff for the MSU football team.
The Spartans are in Minneapolis for a must-win contest today (3:30 pm., Big Ten Network).
A win and the Spartans are bowl eligible and likely headed to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. A loss and the season is over and the efforts of one of the nation’s best defenses has gone wasted. MSU has never missed a bowl game in Mark Dantonio’s tenure as head coach.
Getting to a bowl game looms important for the Spartans just for the development of younger players. Those extra practices could help the program to future success like it did in 2009, when MSU went 6-6 during the regular season to reach a bowl. What followed was the back-to-back 11 win seasons of 2010 and 2o11.
And even with all the close losses this season, there’s something to be said about the Spartans never letting the wheels come off, as columnist Graham Couch notes in his piece today.
And in case you missed it, Solari has the coverage from the MSU men’s basketball team’s victory over Oakland on Friday night.