EAST LANSING, Mich. If there werent divisions and a championship game for the first time in Big Ten football history this season, Michigan State already would have punched its ticket to the Rose Bowl.
The Spartans are the only team with just one conference loss, but theyve got to win one more game Saturday night against Wisconsin at a neutral site in Indianapolis - to make their first trip to Pasadena since the 1987 season.
Whats more, theyve got to beat a team for the second time in six weeks, and the third time in 14 months, to get there.
Its a one-shot thing, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday during his weekly news conference. Were going to take our best shot. Im sure that they are, too.
Thats what is so exciting, I think, about this football game, this championship-type format. Whatever youve done up to this point, its on a resume, you can talk about it, but youre going to play in this particular game and youre going to have an opportunity to settle it on the...